Thursday, 21 April 2016

The week ahead April 21 2016


THE KING'S COURT TOUR: A TRIBUTE TO J. DILLA It's been 10 years since James DeWitt Yancey, the gifted, influential Detroit hip-hop producer better known as J. Dilla, died of a rare blood disease at age 32. A prime mover behind neo-soul's syncopated bump, Dilla is the subject of this potent tribute tour starring Slum Village (pictured), the groundbreaking crew with which he arrived, plus Detroit peers and proteges like Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, and Black Milk. April 21, 8 p.m. $20, advance $16. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

TOM CARTER The museum's 2ndSHIFT Music Series, a promising new venture curated by roots-music maven Michael Tarbox, hosts a solo set from the psych-folk guitarist responsible for one of 2015's best things: "Long Time Underground," a double-vinyl clutch of electric soliloquies teeming with revelation and reverie. April 21, 7:30 p.m. $20-$30, advance $15-$25. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham. 781-893-5410,

2016 ROCK & ROLL RUMBLE It all comes down to this last confrontation among two semi-final winners, Worshipper and Weakened Friends, and one last wild-card contender, usLights. Cheer on your favorite —  better yet, cheer 'em all —  then get worked up during a set by reconstituted hardcore institution Scissorfight while you wait to hear the outcome. April 22, 9 p.m. $20, advance $15. ONCE Lounge & Ballroom, Somerville. 617-285-0167,

Original Content: The week ahead, April 21, 2016

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