ONE HAPPY ISLAND + ALOUD + THIS BLUE HEAVEN + ORANJULY | Lizard Lounge | January 29 | In an act of rock diplomacy, Boston indie-pop kids One Happy Island spent the past year performing locally with bands from Australia, Sweden, and the UK. Now they put their goodwill to vinyl with a split, 7-inch release with English trio Standard Faire. On the Sheffield Phonographic Corporation-released Standard Faire on One Happy Island, both bands cover two tracks each from the other, continuing One Happy Island's role as Boston's underground-pop diplomats. As if that wasn't enough, it's also a homecoming for Aloud, who return to Boston after 51 shows across 28 states in two jam-packed months of coast-to-coast touring. Buy 'em a drink.
1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge | $10 | 617.547.0759 or lizardloungeclub.com
DAVID WAX MUSEUM | Club Oberon | February 3 | An acclaimed performance at the Newport Folk Festival, an aural romance with NPR, and a Boston Music Award for "Americana Artist of the Year" — 2010 was superb for David Wax Museum. Now, the Mexi-folk-country-whatever duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak take over Harvard Square for the Everything Is Saved album-release party. Don't front off that $18 cover charge — it gets you not only a copy of the album, but a ticket good for a snack provided by JJ Gonson and Cuisine en Locale. In 2k11, upscale dining might be the new opening act.
2 Arrow St, Cambridge | $18 | 617.496.8004 or cluboberon.com
HONORABLE MENTION, OR WORTH NOTING DESPITE THE LACK OF A CONFIRMED SHOW TO HANG THE HYPE ON | Also in 2k11, be on the lookout for new local releases by Banditas, Bodega Girls, Trabants, Endless Wave, Eksi Ekso, Thousands, and Stereo Telescope, and a repackaged and re-mastered Dom EP from Astralwerks.