A.R. Rahman plays Thursday and Friday at Bass Concert Hall.

Quantic DJ Set at Empire. British born DJ/producer/composer Will Holland, aka Quantic, has based his work out of Colombia over the last several years; his Combo Barbaro has been cranking out some of the greatest Afro-Colombian jams in the world. For his current tour, he’s going back to his roots as a DJ, excavating rare cuts from around the world in a set of all 45 RPM records. Local DJ Orion of Peligrosa opens. $8. Doors at 9 p.m. 606 E Seventh St. empireatx.com. — D.S.S.

Also: Eclectic Indian musical master A.R. Rahman begins a two-night stand at Bass Concert Hall. … Touring bands the Damnwells and Twin Peaks visit Red 7 in separate shows on the club’s two stages. … Sub Pop Records indie/garage-rock trio King Tuff plays the Mohawk’s outdoor stage with Residual Kid and Summer Cannibals, with local band Velo celebrating the release of its new EP later on the indoor stage. … Local indie band Sour Notes ramps up for a national tour with a show at Cheer Up Charlie’s. … Other top hometown options include bluesy rockers the Bluebonnets at Scoot Inn, country band Mike & the Moonpies at the Highball and singer-songwriter Barbara Nesbitt at Strange Brew.