Kid Sister
  • Kid Sister

On Saturday there’s plenty of opportunity to catch a lot of great performances for free thanks to Record Store Day—check out the Reader‘s RSD listings to fill your afternoon with live music. There are plenty of other great shows to see that aren’t associated with Saturday’s retail “holiday.”

For example, tonight King Louie and Alex Wiley open for Travis Scott at Metro, and Dosh and Bitchin Bajas perform at Hideout. Tomorrow night there’s Man Forever at the Burlington and Ringworm at Cobra Lounge. On Saturday you can see Ghost B.C. at the Vic or Michael Moore 4tet at Constellation. On Sunday there’s Jose James at SPACE and Logan at Reggie’s Rock Club.

Jump over to Soundboard to dig through all the Reader‘s listings and keep reading for some picks from our critics.

Thu 4/17: John Cale at Old Town School of Folk Music

“John Cale is revered thanks to his years in the Velvet Underground—possibly even more so since the passing of Lou Reed last fall—but he earns our continued attention with his new music,” writes Monica Kendrick. “His 15th studio album, 2012’s Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood (Double Six), got mixed responses from critics, much like his first primarily electronic album, 1985’s Artificial Intelligence—and in both cases, a lot of the cringing had to do with his refusal to act his age. The 72-year-old doesn’t sound like a legacy artist on Shifty Adventures; he sounds like a weirdo puttering around in a studio with younger collaborators (most notably Danger Mouse) to create surrealist pop that’s vaguely sinister, vaguely sexual, and vaguely melancholy.”

Fri 4/18: Kid Sister at Reggie’s Rock Club

“Chicago native Melisa Young, who performs as Kid Sister, came out of the same mid-aughts hipster club scene that launched the careers of Diplo, M.I.A., and her brother and occasional producer Josh (aka J2K, half of Flosstradamus),” writes Miles Raymer. “Her blend of neon-streaked EDM and roller-rink rap, bubbling over with down-ass-chick charisma, made her seem like a solid bet for crossover pop success—but her 2009 major-label debut, Ultraviolet, was a nonstarter, despite contributions from Kanye West, CeeLo Green, brostep pioneer Rusko, two-thirds of the Swedish House Mafia, and her then-boyfriend A-Trak. Maybe the album was just a little too far ahead of the EDM-pop curve. Young fell off the radar in its wake, but she’s in the midst of a major relaunch with the upcoming mixtape Dusk2Dawn: The Diary of Jane Jupiter, inspired by her personal and professional travails over the past few years.”

Sat 4/19: Eric Carbonara at Elastic

“Guitarist, composer, and engineer Eric Carbonara has played with and recorded the late Jack Rose, and he contributed a track to the fifth volume of Imaginational Anthem (Tompkins Square), a periodical compendium of folk-derived solo acoustic guitar,” writes Bill Meyer. “But he doesn’t trade in the American Primitive style that Rose championed (and that the Imaginational Anthem records have often documented); on his latest albums, both of which collect mostly improvised duos with harpist Jesse Sparhawk, Carbonara plays mainly upright chaturangui, a guitar-sitar hybrid developed by Debashish Bhattacharya whose expanded tonal range and resonating sympathetic strings are well suited to Hindustani classical music.”

Sun 4/20: Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio at Jazz Showcase

“Perhaps the most influential jazz guitarist of his generation, Kurt Rosenwinkel has set new standards for melodic generosity and harmonic opulence—and on his most recent album, 2012’s two-disc set Star of Jupiter (Wommusic), he takes both qualities to new heights,” writes Peter Margasak. “Throughout its 12 songs, all originals, he revels in a sumptuous sound world that’s as sturdy as it is ornate; his playing is propelled firmly by bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jason Faulkner (a muscular rhythm section known for the combination of elasticity and imperturbable groove it brings to the Branford Marsalis Quartet) and given almost preternaturally intuitive shading by keyboardist Aaron Parks.” Tonight’s performances wrap up a four-night stand at Jazz Showcase.