Call it an extended weekend edition, or pretend you live in a college town that celebrates Thirsty Thursdays and Mulled Wine Mondays (made that one up), because there are shows not to be missed on both ends of the weekend this week — Thursday's visit by Muscle Shoals live electronic band Boombox and a Monday concert by a New Orleans band, Galactic, that just seems to be getting better, and more adventurous, with age. In between, John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett will stop by and local hard rock band Bulletwolf will put out a record (hopefully not to be upstaged by firecracker supporting act The Fabulous Miss Wendy). Read on...
One of two roots acts in town Thursday night, the guys in Philadelphia’s Hoots and Hellmouth lean towards the jammy side of bluegrass, but can also write a well-crafted, concise folk-rock number when they’re in the mood. 9 p.m., $10, 21+.
The guys in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama duo BoomBox call their music rock and roll, and they do perform it live — on both traditional rock instruments like electric guitar and drums, as well as modern additions to the arsenal like turntables, groove boxes and sequencers. But as producers and DJs, they've also got a foot in the electronic world, and call to mind performance-friendly EDM bands like The Glitch Mob. With Atlanta DJ Bitch Please and Bad Dagger, Twin Cats bassist Cameron Reel's side project. For more, take a gander at Danielle Look's interview with BoomBox's Russ Randolph. 8 p.m., $10 advance (eventbrite.com), $15 door, 21+.
A Chicago-based Americana band with a whole lot of residencies (Underground Wonder Bar and Uncommon Ground, notably), Sarah and the Tall Boys will certainly play the blues Thursday night, but they’ve also got some bluegrass and country in their repertoire. 9 p.m., 21+.
Rock Lobster, 820 Broad Ripple Ave.
A couple locals — The Kemps and John Rambo — and Dayton, Ohio’s Astro Fang play the Rock Lobster for an unbeatable price. Seriously, no money down. But you might have to buy a Scion. 9 p.m., free, 21+.
A busy night for the Mousetrap, with performances by Michigan “progressive funktronica” band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus (UV Hippo if you’re lazy or high) and electro-rock fourpiece Jimkata, a band which got its start playing house parties in Ithaca, N.Y. 8 p.m., $3, 21+.
Local burlesque group Rocket Doll Review is joined by rockabilly band Shelby County Sinners, featuring vocals by former Creepin Charley frontman Shelby Kelley, and Greasy D on the turntables. 9 p.m., $10, 21+.
Bulletwolf engages in loud, unfettered guitar worship on their second album, As Fast as My Home Town, which they’ll debut Friday night at the Mel. The closing song, “Truck Stop Awesome,” a super-charged celebration of all the things you might find in a Pilot travel plaza at 3 in the morning, is the disc's highlight, according to Jeff Napier's album review. And we can't give this show enough coverage: Wayne focused in on a supporting act, The Fabulous Miss Wendy, for his Barfly strip this week. 10 p.m., $6, 21+.
Two Nashville giants make like they've joined you in your living room — Lyle Lovett, whose smart and sharp songs began appealing to alt-country fans as mainstream country stardom eluded him; and hometown boy John Hiatt, a songwriter turned roots-rock performer with quite the Heartland work ethic (an album almost every couple years since 1974). For more, check out Hiatt's recent chat with Alan Sculley about the upcoming concert and his latest album, The Open Road. 7:30 p.m., $22.50-69.50 (plus applicable fees), 21+.
Called "the standout male vocalist of our time" by The New York Times, vocalist Kurt Elling is both conversant in pop music (check out his cover of Joe Jackson's "Steppin’ Out") and traditional jazz vocal techniques like vocalese (crafting lyrics for solos by Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny). Wade Coggeshall spoke with Elling this week about his new album The Gate, which he recorded with mega-producer Don Was. 7:30 and 10 p.m., $25, 21+.
It’s hard to talk about contemporary American punk without mentioning Against Me!. The iconic Floridian quartet injected a shot of vitality into the scene with their 2001 debut record Reinventing Axl Rose. Five albums and numerous EPs and seven-inches later, the band is without a label but still plugging along on the road. Check out Nick Selm's interview this week with a rather testy Tom Gabel. 8 p.m., $13 advance (efoliotickets.com), $15 door, all-ages.
New Orleans-based funk band Galactic has nicely bridged the jazz and jam scenes for almost 20 years, but their latest album, Ya-Ka-May, digs into the musical traditions of their hometown like never before, incorporating contributions from Big Chief Bo Sollis, Irma Thomas, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Corey Henry and the Rebirth Brass Band before its 15 tracks are up. Hip-hop, which has been part of the Galactic mix for much of this decade, is also an abiding presence on the record; representatives from the New Orleans gay rap scene — including Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia and Katey Red and Sissy Nobby — make appearances on the record. With special guests Corey Glover (Living Colour) and Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band). We last spoke with Galactic in 2008, when Wade Coggeshall's profile focused on the post-Katrina album, From the Corner to the Block. 8 p.m., $20 (plus applicable fees), 21+.
Nicknamed “Uncle Charlie” by Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson made his name as lead singer of The Gap Band — singing on number one Billboard R&B hits “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “Outstanding” and “Addicted to Your Love” — then reinvented himself for the new millennium by signing to Snoop Dogg’s Doggy Style label and presenting himself as a wise, confident, soul singer still capable of working a slow jam. His latest album, Just Charlie, offers more of the same grown-up, cool, comfortable R&B. 7:30 p.m., $37-47 (plus applicable fees), 21+.