Mavis Staples at The Hamilton

Mavis Staples: “Mavis Staples is a walking, talking and — blessedly — still singing history book. The 76-year-old voice of the Staple Singers sang behind Martin Luther King Jr., dated Bob Dylan, performed at “The Last Waltz,” recorded with Prince and just released a disc with alternative rock hero M. Ward interpreting new songs by the likes of Nick Cave and Neko Case.”–The Daily Progress

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Run River North at U Street Music Hall

Run River North: “Run River North, a six-piece indie band from the San Fernando Valley, continue their unlikely and unorthodox rise to the top of the indie heap. Their sophomore release, the lush and ambitious Drinking from a Salt Pond (Nettwerk Music Group), is a testament to their drive, growth, and commercial appeal.”–Playback:stl

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Arkells + Dreamers at Black Cat

Arkells + Dreamers: “In their short history, the Arkells have been one of Canada’s most popular and decorated bands, winning numerous Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). Translating that acclaim into success in the United States has been a slower path, but the quintet hopes to start making it happen with their current tour with Brooklyn pop trio Dreamers, which touches down at The Sinclair in Cambridge Monday night.”–The Patriot Ledger

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