People love Greg Laswell, and it's not just the music supervisors who've funneled his ballads of heartache into shows such as “Grey's Anatomy,” “90210” and “The Hills.” The 36-year-old singer-songwriter's deft ability to turn melancholy inside out served him well on his 2006 breakthrough “Through Toledo,” and after the ill-advised 2009 “Covers” EP — on which he schmaltzed up the likes of Kristin Hersh, Mazzy Star and Morphine — Laswell is back with the resplendent “Take a Bow,” out today on Vanguard Records. Tonight he'll kick off a nationwide tour in support of the album by playing to a sold-out Troubadour.
Elsewhere: The Ruby Friedman Orchestra brings its siren's songs to the Hotel Cafe. … Straight outta Budapest, Hungarian quintet the Moog visits the Viper Room, with excellent locals Useless Keys and Links supporting. … Oh Darling and Actress head up a strong local bill at Spaceland. … Kitten, the quartet featuring 15-year-old frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, opens for Juliette Lewis at the Echo. … And Coheed and Cambria (with Circa Survive in tow) rock a sold-out Fox Theater in Pomona.
Also: Broken Social Scene's 6 p.m. in-store at Amoeba; Chasing Kings at Saint Rocke; Rebelution with Zion-I at the House of Blues; Oh Darling and Actress at Spaceland; David Francis Doyle at the Smell; the Knives at the Key Club; Alex Kemp at the Silverlake Lounge; Angela Peterson at the Dakota Lounge; Steven Brower and the Silent Majority (doing Ween songs) at the Bootleg Theater; and the Kacey Cubero Band at the Mint.