By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
Alex Clare has been a hard man to avoid in the past year.
The London-born singer broke out in 2012 with the song “Too Close,” which was used in a ubiquitous series of Microsoft ads, hit No. 1 on the modern rock charts and crossed over to the pop charts as well, reaching No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
The song, which fused Clare’s soulful voice to an off-kilter electronic production, helped drive his debut album, “The Lateness of the Hour,” slowly up the charts. Now, Clare is touring behind the record.
He will play the Showbox at the Market at 8 p.m. Monday.
Tickets are $18.50 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
The Cowboy Junkies also are heading to Seattle, where the group will headline the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The group, known for its sleepy and swooning blend of country and alt-rock, may be best known for covering the track “Sweet Jane.”
However, the band has built up a loyal following with its steady output of new material. This decade alone has seen the group release four albums already as part of its “Nomad Series” of recordings.
Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
For those looking for something a little more energetic, Crystal Castles are headlining the Moore Theatre at 7:30 Tuesday.
The group’s name is fitting. Its music can seem both as cold and looming as a castle made of crystal.
The band is now touring behind its third album, the aptly titled “(III)”, which crept onto the Billboard charts in November at No. 77.
Tickets are $32.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Indie rockers Local Natives, meanwhile, managed a better showing on the charts. Its sophomore album, “Hummingbird,” hitting No. 12 on the Billboard 200.
The group will play a pair of shows at Neptune Theatre, with doors opening at 8 p.m. for both its concert tonight and its Monday show.
The California-based group has drawn comparisons to Grizzly Bear, another favorite of the indie rock set, for its carefully orchestrated harmonies and woozy melodies.
Tickets are $23.50 the day of the show, or $20.50 in advance, at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Finally, Marina and the Diamonds will play the Showbox SoDo at 9 p.m. Thursday.
The group’s front-woman, Welsh-born Marina Diamandis, seems like a pop star in the making. She crafts songs that seem stylized by Madonna-sized ambitions and bear names such as “Homewrecker,” “Primadonna” and “Teen Idle.”
Tickets are $21.50 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.