Tom McNalley Trio at Club Tropical, August 25

Satisfying on so many levels. There’s an essentiality to this trio’s completely improvised music that makes me thank God I have ears. Guitarist McNalley, as leader, sets the pace in exploring the outer reaches of new creative sound with his uncle, Joe McNalley, on bass and Alex Cline on drums. This is brave, important art that shines with intelligence, taste and, yes, damn it, soul.

Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.