Tyler, The Creator isn’t one to shy away from profanity or controversy. Widely criticized for his homophobic, misogynistic and violent lyrics, he possesses as many rabid fans as virulent critics. I’ve only browsed his work, but I loved internet music guru John Book’s Tyler vs. Kathleen Hanna mashup, “Cock Out.” He’s perhaps most well-known as a co-founder and member of Odd Future, but Tyler’s solo work is what hardcore/hip-hop fans will thrill to on Friday, April 5. This 13-and-over concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW), and advance tickets are $22.50.
Kamalini Mukherji brings sounds of India to Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) on Saturday, April 6. Mukherji represents the new generation of Rabindra Sangeet singers, who perform songs written by Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore. Mukherji’s renditions of Tagore Songs are yearning and potent. World music enthusiasts of all ages can experience this poetic song form on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $20, and Outpost members and students save five bucks.
Garage & Wax
The sixth installment of Captain America’s Garage & Wax happens at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Saturday, April 6. Loop-based psych rock group The Fucking Adventures, desert surf outfit Phantom Lake and Bonnie-and-Clyde rock duo Mr. and Mrs. Jones provide the live entertainment portion of this 21-and-over gig starting at 9 p.m., but get there at 8 p.m. for hot wax spun by the Huron Valley Listening Club. Tickets are only five bucks.
Blending elements of acoustic folk-rock, punk and stand-up comedy, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits has purveyed serious social commentary smothered in parody since ’95. The duo exposes Burque to tunes like “Time is Crawling,” “Life is Excellent” and “Lake of Flies” on Sunday, April 7, at Blackbird Brunch. At high noon, get your grub on at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) for only four bucks. The free, all-ages concert starts at 1 p.m. and features Ebola and company, along with Jumpsuit, Joe Cardillo and Russell Pyle.
For their seventh studio album, Lift a Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates—guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, bassist Josh Portman and guest drummer Nate Young (Anberlin)—succeeded on all those fronts. “We really feel like we got where we wanted to be, and made a proper rock ‘n’ roll record,” Key says proudly.
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