This week’s music picks: Arcade Fire’s arena show, Radney Foster’s book and music tour

Tuesday: Zola Jesus at North Door. “Okovi,” the latest from Nicole Hummel, the 28-year-old industrial electropop artist known as Zola Jesus, reverberates with an ache of unease. She wrote it while trying to pull herself out of a deep depression, and it unfolds as a breathless tumble through an ominous soundscape, alternately agonizing and cathartically beautiful. John Weise opens. $15. 8 p.m. doors. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com. — D.S.S.

Wednesday: Arcade Fire at Erwin Center. The sprawling art-rock outfit from Montreal has a new album, “Everything Now,” the long-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s “Reflektor,” that dropped in July. The band is known for supplementing their stage shows with strong visual elements. On the “Reflektor” tour, giant bobble head figures representing then-president Obama and then-governor Rick Perry roamed the stage, making it likely that we’ll see some sort of reference to the current administration. Last time, the band asked attendees to wear costumes or formal wear and fans complied, giving the show a celebratory feeling of misfit prom. After blowback over a “dress code” requesting “hip and trendy” club wear for their release party in Brooklyn this summer, the band has said you can “wear whatever you want to any show.” Wolf Parade opens. $26-$75. 7:30 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — D.S.S.

Thursday: Radney Foster at Stateside at the Paramount. A native of Del Rio, Foster migrated to Nashville and first rose to prominence in the 1980s with the duo Foster & Lloyd before issuing a string of acclaimed solo records. Along the way he became an oft-covered songwriter as well, with the Dixie Chicks among those who took his tunes to greater heights. This show celebrates the release of a dual album and book project, “For You to See the Stars.” $22-$32. 8 p.m. 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. (Foster also will be at BookPeople at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a speaking and signing event; 603 N. Lamar Blvd., bookpeople.com.) — P.B.

Thursday: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at the Mohawk. Kuti, the youngest son of the legendary afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti, began performing in his father’s ensemble, Egypt 80, as a child. When his father died, Seun was only 14, but he took the helm. Twenty years later, he still leads the ensemble that includes many of his father’s collaborators. He has evolved his father’s vision of political activism and vibrant reimagination of African music for the modern era. Hard Proof opens. $20. Doors at 7 p.m. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com — D.S.S.

Gov’t Mule plays Thursday at ACL Live. Contributed/Anna Webber

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