With the exception of 17-year-old New Zealand sensation Lorde, vocalist Channy Leaneagh is the most adorable female musician making it big right now. We're fairly sure if Lorde and Poliça ever shared a stage our brains would explode from a sheer cuteness overload. Oh, talent too! From Minneapolis, Leaneagh has teamed up with producer Ryan Olson, and the duo just released their second album of sexy echo-synth pop with an R&B backbone. Marijuana Deathsquads open. 8 pm. Wonder Ballroom. $16-$18.
It's rare that an artist can appeal in equal measure to both EDM-loving rave kids and backward-hat-wearing fraternity boys, but in a layered mess of original electronica and remixed mash-ups, Pretty Lights has managed to pull it off. Laptop-loving producer Derek Vincent Smith relies on woven tapestries of hip-hop glitch beats with heavy dub lines and diverse samples from Etta James to Radiohead to create a whole new style of sweaty dance club jams. Odesza and Emancipator open. 7:30 pm. Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum. $33-$38.
Nine Inch Nails
Despite 25 years as a band, eight successful industrial hardcore albums, and several bouts of denouncing the conventional corporate recording industry, it took Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails until earlier this month to make their first ever network television appearance, performing several songs on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel. Angry as ever, the band is making a hard rush at a comeback with a new album, Hesitation Marks and a massive scale world tour. 8 pm. KeyArena. $65–$571.
On Thursday, indie singer-songwriter Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) won't be slaving over a hot oven basting a turkey and mashing potatoes...not this year. She'll be playing rock and roll in Seattle, and even admitted to Philadelphia music blogger Wendy McCardle that she thinks Thanksgiving is a lie, but that she loves peanut butter. 8 pm. Showbox at the Market. $35-$40.