Mokoomba at Hill Center

Mokoomba: “Now, in their mid-20s, Mokoomba are being feted as Africa’s most internationally successful young band after a rise that is as deserved as it has been remarkable. After all, they come from a country with an international musical profile that has sadly declined since the glory days of the 80s”–The Guardian

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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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Red Baraat at The Hamilton with Madame Gandhi and RAJAS

Red Baraat with Madame Gandhi and RAJAS: “Red Baraat is the best party band I’ve seen in years. The group plays rollicking funk music steeped in Northern India’s wedding celebrations, with a dash of D.C. go-go beats and hip-hop. It’s all driven by Sunny Jain’s dhol, a double-sided barrel drum that hangs down low around his body.”–NPR

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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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Testament at The Filmore

Testament: “Vocalist Chuck Billy, who replaced Souza in 1986, and Peterson are the longest-standing members of the group, and while it faced periods where the only consistency in the group was inconsistent bandmates, Billy notes there wasn’t really ever a time where it felt like Testament wouldn’t continue.”–Vue Weekly

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Carcass at The Filmore

Carcass: “It’s hard to explain how one man can come up with a lyric as beautiful as ‘Maggots and grubs bore into the moldy remains / Masticating lymph, caked blood and cankered decay.’ But Jeff Walker, 46-year-old singer and bassist for Carcass, is pleased to break it down.”–Chicago Tribune

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Slayer at the Filmore

Slayer: “We bring it as well as anybody half our age or better,” [Gary Holt] said. “I personally feel like I bang my head harder than anybody in metal. I might have back problems to show for it, which I do.” –Washington Times

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