Mercury Lounge; 12/9 at 7:30 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
A member of New York’s "Brooklyn Top 40," Class Actress began in the bedroom of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Harper. Now the electro-pop band is signed to Terrible Records, the new upstart label from Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. Playing with Violens and fellow Terrible-signees Acrylics.
The Studio at Webster Hall; 12/11 at 8 p.m.; 125 E. 11th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-353-1600
When front woman Aja Volkman gets onstage, she’s a force to be reckoned with (think Zach de la Rocha, but with a lot more sex appeal). We once saw her suck on the fingers of an audience member, so you may want to keep your digits to yourselves. Or not.
Death by Audio; 12/12 at 8 p.m.; 49 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The hometown hipster heroines are playing a record-release party for one of their own label’s finds, the Austin pop-duo Yellow Fever, with Happy Birthday.
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 12/12 at 8 p.m.; 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-5400
Don’t let Ms. King fool you, this petite Southern gal can wail on a guitar. This weekend she’ll show off her skills when she debuts material from the follow-up to her stellar 2008 album Dreaming of Revenge. Opening the show is A Rose Parade, the newly formed collaboration between members of !!! and TV on the Radio.
City Winery; 12/13 at 8 p.m.; 155 Varick St., at Vandam St.; 212-608-0555
The international chanteuse has five solo albums to her name, but we're hoping she plays some stuff off her new album, La Ballade of Lady & Bird: A Project by Keren Ann Zeidel and Bardi Johannsson, a live recording with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Mercury Lounge; 12/14 at 7 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
This former model is leggy and blonde and the toast of the downtown music scene. Her debut EP, Self-Taught Learner, features a duet with Adam Green on the Biz Markie song “Just a Friend,” so be prepared for some surprise guests.
HighLine Ballroom ; 12/14 at 7 p.m.; 431 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave..; 212-414-5994
The living legends (well, two of the members anyway) play one of three US shows this year in support of Trapped Animal, their first LP in over 25 years. There's also an official after party at Santos Party House, free with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.