Sara Bareilles’ kiss off to her record company “Love Song” on her breakthrough Little Voice had the opposite effect, launching the singer to prominence and putting her on the road for the next three years. After fighting inevitable burnout, she penned Kaleidoscope Heart, a record she admits was difficult to bring to life — like “pulling teeth,” she says on her website. She’s back on tour, which stops Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway, 584-7777). Cary Brothers and Holly Conlan open. Conlan, whose new album, Fascinator, is out now, cut her teeth with Bareilles years ago performing in Los Angeles at Hotel Café, a proving ground for many a modern pop singer-songwriter, while Brothers landed his song “Blue Eyes” on the soundtrack to the 2004 film “Garden State,” starring Zach Braff (“Scrubs”) and Natalie Portman (“Star Wars,” “Beautiful Girls”). Tickets for the all-ages show range from $27.50-$32.50.
Zach Brock returns to the Rudyard Kipling (422 W. Oak St., 636-1311) Nov. 3 for an evening of jazzy numbers from his latest, The Magic Number, and with a companion radio appearance on WFPK that day at 3 p.m. The CD is limited to 1,000 copies, Brock says. Opening are Sandpaper Dolls’ Amber Estes and Bonecrusher. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $7. Read more at www.zachbrock.com.
Psychedelic instrumental surf pop takes over Skull Alley on Tuesday, Nov. 9, when the Delicate Steve and Fang Island pay a visit. The former is the brainchild of New Jersey songwriter Steve Marion, who in a live setting shares his concoctions with four other pals. The band recently appeared at Moogfest in Asheville, N.C., playing alongside Matmos and Neon Indian, among others. Brooklyn-via-Providence group Fang Island is mathy arena rock updated for new millennia. Music at digital.fangisland.com and myspace.com/delicatesteve.
Songwriter and vocal coach Turley Richards (www.turleyrichards.com) joins us in the office to play hits from his catalog and discuss some new material he’s shopping around in Nashville. Listen at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.