On “Leaving Time,” from Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (ATO), Patterson Hood aims to comfort his kids before he goes on the road yet again. Their pain is palpable, but we’ve been the beneficiaries of their daddy’s frequent touring. Though the album comes out this week, you may have heard half its songs in July, when Hood and his Downtown Rumblers played the XPoNential Festival. You can’t blame them for stocking their summer set with unreleased material: Heat Lightning exudes warmth, with Hood ruminating on the places once filled by family, the elders who’ve passed on and the youngsters back home. Kelly Hogan even stops by for “Come Back Little Star,” an elegy for Vic Chesnutt that’s marrow-deep. And this show should be even better than July’s; with Hope For Agoldensummer on hand, an extra helping of soul is guaranteed.
Sun., Sept. 16, 8 p.m., $20-$32, with Hope For Agoldensummer, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.