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Check It Out!: April 10, 2014

Lake Street Dive: Come On In, The Music’s Great

Lake Street Dive — Bad Self Portraits (Signature Sounds) — When you first hear that the four members of Lake Street Dive all met at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music, you figure the band is going to be some kind of stiff jazz combo. Instead, what you have is a quartet that traffics in the kind of rockin’ soul and blues that instantly somehow falls somewhere between Susan Tedeschi and Dusty Springfield. Lake Street Dive’s third studio outing, (and sixth overall release), kicks off with the R&B blast of a title track that immediately pulls you in and doesn’t let up for the remaining ten songs. Muscle Shoals, Motown, Carole King and Stax are just some of the touchstones influencing the band’s sound and particularly resonate on songs like the bouncy, bass-kissed “Use Me Up,” the moody and melancholy “Better Than” with its muted trumpet and the insistent, piano-inflected “Rabid Animal.” And while the jumping around between different music styles can be a bit disorienting at time, the execution and passion are so solid that it doesn’t matter particularly if you have the treat of layered harmonies on rousing “You Go Down Smooth” or “Rental Love,” a Beatlesque ballad that closes out the record.

April 11

Bay Shore

Larry Carlton @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the

Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $55, $50.


A guitarist’s guitarist, Larry Carlton cut his bones as a hired hand most famously for Steely Dan. His services have also been tapped by a wide variety of other artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, the Partridge Family and Quincy Jones. Along the way, Carlton has also cultivated quite the critically-acclaimed solo career, winning four Grammy Awards in the process and collaborating with the likes of Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour and Tak Matsumoto. Most recently, he went back to the well with fellow string-bender Robben Ford on last year’s Larry Carlton & Robben Ford Unplugged.

April 11


Shawn Colvin @ Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St.

8 p.m. $45. 631-727-4343

With the 2012 release of All Fall Down, the Austin resident returned to the studio for the first time in six after spending much of her time off the road crafting new material and enjoying single motherhood in Texas. As part of that early ‘80s wave of Greenwich Village new folk artists that included Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky and Cliff Eberhardt, Colvin has reaped her fair share of success including a few Grammy wins. Of course, wielding the ability to blend country, folk and soft-rock into agreeable story-songs like the hit “Sunny Came Home” or quirky covers of The Police and Tom Waits goes a long towards cementing critical and popular acclaim even if her prior studio album was 2006’s These Four Walls.  

April 11


Antigone Rising @ Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St.

7:30 p.m. $12. 212-260-4700

Although Antigone Rising got its start as an alt-pop band that briefly spent some time on Atlantic Records’ Lava imprint, in more recent years the band has been going down more of a country music path. With founding members/sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson still at the helm, the band has been getting airplay on CMT and found themselves working with Music Row lyricist Lori McKenna. With Hannah Thomas.

April 11


Madeleine Peyroux @ The Space at Westbury,

250 Post Ave. 8 p.m. $75, $50, $35.


Blessed with a smoky phrasing that seems like she’s channeling Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux has been languishing in Norah Jones’ shadow despite preceding Jones by a few years. Three albums into her career, she’s interpreted Holiday, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Serge Gainsbourg, while her own song “Don’t Wait Too Long” was at the centerpiece of a long-running Dockers ad. She’ll be hitting Long Island in support of last year’s The Blue Room, a collection of songs that finds Peyroux taking a crack at elements of Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western. (Also appearing on April 12 @ Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. 631- 288-1500

April 12

Charlie Murphy @

Governor’s Comedy Club,

90 Division Ave.

8 p.m. $60, $30. 516-731-3358

Brother Eddie may be the big movie star but Charlie Murphy has carved out quite the niche for himself. Although his best work has been on the defunct Chappelle’s Show thanks to sketches like “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” that featured true anecdotes about his dealings with celebrities like Rick James and Prince while being a member of his famous sibling’s entourage, the Roosevelt native has much more than that under his belt. He’s not only become a noted voice-over artist for cartoons like The Boondocks and the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but appeared in 1000 Ways to Die and the sitcom Are We There Yet?

April 12


Psychedelic Furs @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave.

8 p.m. $80.25, $42.


Even though this classic New Wave band was on hiatus for most of the ’90s, the Furs have been still going strong with the Butler brothers at the center of the proceedings since reforming at the turn of the century. Most recently the band has lately taken to performing 1981’s Talk Talk Talk in its entirety up to and including classics like “Pretty In Pink” and “Into You Like a Train.” With Satellite Paradise and the Liza Colby Sound.

April 12


Trixie Whitley @ Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St.

10:30 p.m. $18 adv. $20 DOS.


Daughter of the late great Chris Whitley, daughter Trixie has carried on in the family business. After splitting her childhood between Belgium and New York City, she migrated to Brooklyn and along the way, has worked with an array of respected musicians including Joe Henry, Robert Plant, Marianne Faithfull and Marc Ribot. She caught the ear of legendary producer Daniel Lanois and was invited to join what became his group Black Dub alongside bassist Daryl Johnson and drummer Brian Blade. Following the release of a string of solo EPs, the younger Whitley finally dropped her full-length debut Fourth Corner last year. With Mesiko.

April 17


Black Lips @ Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St. 8 p.m. $20.


For the past decade-plus, the Black Lips have been churning out uber-catchy garage-rock that’s garnered quite an underground following thanks to the Atlanta outfit’s equally memorable live shows. Vice Records has been the Lips’ home for the seven years and not only yielded 2011’s Mark Ronson-produced Arabia Mountain, but the recently-released Underneath the Rainbow, overseen by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys and Dap-Kings member Tommy Brenneck. With Natural Child.