Gorilla vs. Bear 5 at Mohawk. The Dallas-based, national tastemaker blog hosts a massive bash headlined by British electronic artist Jamie XX, who’s riding high on the strength of “In Colour,” his 2015 release widely regarded as one of the year’s best. The album is a lush sampler of aural soundscapes. Snippets of vocal melodies float among synthesizer swells evoking an ache of nostalgia tempered by astonishing beauty. Also on the bill are Baltimore’s Lower Dens and White Denim side project Bop English, whose “Constant Bop” also has been a critical fave this year. mohawkaustin.com.
Also: Rapper Heems (formerly Das Racist) brings sounds from his hard-hitting new release “Eat Pray Thug” to Red 7. … Broadway superstar and singer of your 5-year-old’s favorite song “Let It Go” Idina Menzel plays Bass Concert Hall. … Up and coming singer-songwriter Carson McHone celebrates her record release at White Horse. … The North Doors hosts the Desi Dhamaka Bollywood party.