To-do, June 28 

TWEE TWO: Lismore.
  • TWEE TWO: Lismore.



9 p.m., Arts Scene. $5.

New Jersey’s Lismore makes music that’s alternately been described as twee-electronica and glitch pop. Jersey City neighbors Penelope Trappes and Stephen Hindman, who worked as drum ’n’ bass DJ Kingsize, formed the band on a whim, with Hindman weaving skittering beats and tremoloed vocal effects with Trappes’ ethereal vocals. The group’s acclaimed debut, “We Could Connect or We Could Not,” leaned toward a more traditional band arrangement, with a drummer and bassist augmenting the twosome, but Lismore’s back to stripped-down electronica as a twosome with a new EP, “All That You Are.” “Sunrise Girl Says,” one of the new tracks, sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a Jacques Cousteau documentary. Happy Fuckers Unite!, the booking group behind the Treehouse, who lost their go-to venue after a police crackdown, organized this show. They’ve also lined up Michael McDonald aficionado Browningham and Beeping Slag, the impressive local DJ collective led by Ettiem, one of the guiding forces behind Les Attaques and the Chinese Girls.


9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Last January, Kevin Kerby released his first solo album on Max Recordings. A departure from his work with the rowdy rock band Mulehead, “Secret Lives of All Night Radios” shows off his stripped-down songwriting. On “Secret Lives,” the Little Rock native reflects on small-town life with straight-forwardness. Take, for instance, “Paper Mills and Broken Wills,” where he admits: “I broke all my habits except the ones that kill/This town smells like paper mills and broken wills.” Another favorite, “Here Comes the Neighborhood,” sounds a bit like “Yankee Foxtrot Hotel”-era Wilco. On that track (and many others), Kerby lays down heartfelt lyrics over a driving sound that gives conventional alt-country a pop-rock punch in the gut. Since the album’s release, Kerby has been humbly promoting the album with acoustic sets like the one he’s got planned tonight. Label mate John Housley, a powerful singer/songwriter in his own right, and ex-Mulehead guitarist Dave Raymond support.


9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8.

Charles Walker’s career has been one of reinvention. In the early ’60s, the Tennessee native led Little Charles and the Sidewinders, a popular club act in New York in its day that’s since become revered by deep-soul fiends. He cut soul sides with the great blues/soul labels of the day — Decca, Champion and Chess — recorded sporadically in the ’70s and ’80s and returned to music in 1999, recast as a bluesman. Now he’s riding the deep funk revival that’s lately been gaining steam behind folks like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and Amy Winehouse (thanks to the Dap Kings’ input). Earlier this month, Walker and the Dynamites, the nine-piece band that supports him, released “Kaboom!,” a blistering collection of James Brown-style funky soul. A young white man, Bill Elder, who performs as Leo Black, leads the Nashville-based act as its guitarist, composer, songwriter and producer. He’s a 1990 graduate of Central High.






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