Three bands of note will play Newport Music Hall on Saturday.

Three bands of note will play Newport Music Hall on Saturday.

Topping the bill: Okkervil River, the brainy Austin folk-rockers whose new "I Am Very Far" moves past the "art is life is art" mentality that left their last couple of albums feeling extra pretentious. Will Sheff still sings as if his lyrics are very important poetry, but the music kicks when necessary and otherwise glides nicely.

Hyper-literate New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus, whose epic "The Monitor" used the Civil War as an allegory for romantic turmoil, will also play. Frontman Patrick Stickles is an underground star - or his beard is anyway - but guitarist Amy Klein is acquiring a following of her own thanks to keen blogging and tweeting.

Then there's Baltimore's bizarre electro-pop Future Islands in the opening slot. As their zany stage show indicates, they're friends with Dan Deacon.