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Friday, April 18
The Greek goddess Circe has been reincarnated as a local singer-songwriter, but she doesn't need magic potions to lure unwary travelers. Instead, Circe Link entrances with breezy vocals and a winning blend of jazz-pop swing and rootsy folk on her seventh album, Dumb Luck
. "I've always backed my way through life 'till I backed into you," she confides on the love-struck title track, as her musical partner, Christian Nesmith, chops up jaunty chords on his acoustic guitar and backup singers Debra Tala and Laura Drew surround Link with a Greek chorus of tight, consoling harmonies. Apart from a summery remake of The Monkees' gem "Calico Girlfriend" (written by Nesmith's dad, Michael Nesmith), Dumb Luck
brims with Link and Nesmith's original tunes, like the dreamy country ballad "City Lights" and the after-hours cabaret idyll "Dream On." - Falling James
Radwaste, Human Hands
Although punk rock has morphed over the decades from a once-shocking form of musical subversion into background music for skateboarding videos, the post-punk genre still retains its possibilities of change and exploration. For every modern post-punk group that's content to mimic Bauhaus and Siouxsie & the Banshees, there are exciting new bands who take their early-'80s influences into exhilaratingly strange new terror-tory. Both Human Hands and members of Radwaste (which includes 17 Pygmies' Michael Kory and 100 Flowers' John Talley-Jones) were around in the early days of SoCal punk, but their intellectual experimentations often were overlooked during that era's preoccupation with macho, guttural hardcore. Radwaste have a heavily percussive sound that draws upon Gang of Four's mechanized funk, whereas Human Hands still exude a whimsical artiness, even without their late founding singer, David Wiley. - Falling James
Saturday, April 19
Krush Groove with
DJ Quik, Too $hort
Legendary 93.5 KDAY presents Krush Groove 2014, a concert featuring some of hip-hop's most influential acts past and present. Headlining the show are top-selling, Cleveland-based rap legends Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. After a brief hiatus in 2011, during which Krayzie and Wish left the group, the guys were able to reconcile creative and personal differences and reunite in 2012. More breakup rumors abounded after Layzie failed to participate in the 2013 Everything 100 Tour and signed a solo deal with eOne Music (formerly Koch Records). Layzie is, however, scheduled to appear with the group for tonight's show, which includes sets by DJ Quik, Too $hort, Method Man & Redman, Tha Eastsidaz, The Lady of Rage, Daz & WC and surprise guests.
- Jacqueline Michael Whatley