James Mercer is best known as the leader of The Shins; yet, he's done his finest work in Broken Bells.

This indie-rock duo, which also includes Brian Burton (aka, Danger Mouse), recently released its sophomore effort, "After the Disco."

Broken Bells perform Saturday at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Showtime is 8 p.m.

Make sure to arrive for the show on time to see the outstanding opening act, Au Revoir Simone. Tickets are $33.50, www.ticketmaster.com.

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Bombay Bicycle Club is a huge deal in Britain, where their most recent album, "So Long, See You Tomorrow," hit No. 1 on the charts.

Overall, the group has delivered three straight top 10 albums in the U.K.

Now, listeners on this side of the Atlantic Ocean are starting to fall under this British indie-rock band's spell.

Bombay Bicycle Club performs Sunday at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $25, www.livenation.com.

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Amazingly talented singer-songwriter-pianist Rufus Wainwright returns to the Bay Area for two shows.

Wainwright performs Saturday and Sunday at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Lucy Wainwright Roche opens both shows.

Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $49.50, www.ticketmaster.com.

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Also worth checking out: U.K. alt-rock band The 1975 performs Friday at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are $25, www.livenation.com.

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INDIO, CA - APRIL 11:  Musician James Mercer of Broken Bells performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire
INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Musician James Mercer of Broken Bells performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella) ( Frazer Harrison )