We’ve not exactly been blessed with an abundance of Welsh female musicians recently, so cherish Cate Le Bon, one of the finest artists of any gender or nationality over the past few years. Her second album, Cyrk, is destined to be one of 2012’s best. Singing with courtly, regal gravitas over folky psych-rock foundations informed as much by Pavement as they are Pentangle, Le Bon crafts poised and darkly vibrant tunes that leave enduring bruises of pleasure on your brain. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, www.thecrocodile.com, 8 pm, $10, 21+)

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