Even with the help of promotion/production crew Ghetto Gentlemen, I failed to secure an interview with hip-hop luminary Talib Kweli, but I did rediscover his work in the process of preparing for said interview. Kweli is a force of nature. Equal parts wordsmith oozing intellectual swagger and streetwise hustler, Kweli infuses his rhetoric with both social consciousness and pop culture brilliance. Kweli rocks the mic at Sister (409 Central NW) on Saturday, Feb. 23. The music starts at 10 p.m., and admission to the 21-and-over gig is $35.
Keeping up with the Joneses
Mr. and Mrs. Jones are Burque’s rock and roll answer to Bonnie and Clyde. A relatively new outfit, the duo still cloaks itself in an aura of mythos. I’m sure plenty of folks know the real-life monikers of these sonic sweethearts, but I’m not among that group. I’m a fan of the occluded perspective, which can allow an act’s substantive essence to penetrate one’s consciousness more thoroughly. Even on live recordings, this couple sounds essentially damn fine. Judge for yourself at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Saturday, Feb. 23, when Mr. and Mrs. Jones hits the stage, along with Wildewood and The Saltine Ramblers. This 21-and-over show kicks off at 9 p.m., and tickets are only five bucks.
Sailing the post-rock sea
Post-rock instrumental sextet Caspian hails from the cold and craggy North Shore. The group has been fervently purveying its sharp, soothing soundscape since the early aughts. The newest outing, Waking Season, finds Caspian repping their ethereally heavy sonic sculpture while expanding their palette with everything from glockenspiel to EDM percussion. Caspian lays down concentrated, evolving post-rock on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Post-metal art-rock foursome Junius and local prog outfit The Coma Recovery share the evening stage, which lights up at 9:30 p.m. Eight bucks gets you in.