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Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally

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Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally

Thursday, Aug. 2

By remaining a duo, vocalist/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally continue to challenge themselves. "This has been such a fulfilling experience...with two people, it's so much easier to achieve things that feel exciting and new," says Legrand. Not unlike Spanish painter Fernando Velasquez, whose modern take on abstract expressionism is more concerned with capturing raw emotional states associated with a piece, than pinpointing stark detail, these dream poppers' sound is velvety, ethereal and blurred. Like on "Dark Spring," off of 7. "Dark red light years/Brought near/Cold gone glowing/Night sing/Star death ringing/Brought fear." Beach House will "Bloom" at The Rialto Theater. With genre benders, Ed Schrader's Music Beat... Bringing "Sunlight" to the back of your head, Phoenix's Emby Alexander (baroque pop), Adara Rae & The Homewreckers (bluesy pop rock) and Hannah Yeun (witchy tunes with a '60s vibe) are at Cans Deli... Spektrum is DJ Plastic Disease and a rotating cast of resident DJs spinning music from the modern, dark, underground at R Bar...

Friday, Aug. 3

Big Maybelle, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Johnny Otis all had a bearing on her sound. Blues Music Magazine says vocalist Adrianna Marie "puts the jazz in blues and the blues in jazz." Whether it's a slow haunting blues or a lowdown shuffle, she is truly a spell caster. Along with her seven piece-band, Adrianna Marie & Her Groovecutters headline the seventh annual KXCI House Rockin' Blues Review. But that's only the start. He has worked with blues greats Pinetop Perkins, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers and others. Fusing Texas and West Coast jump swing along with '50s Chicago blues, this guitarist is wicked when he slides a bottle neck across strings. LA Jones shares the bill. At El Casino Ballroom. With Arizona Blues Hall of Fame All-Stars Anna Warr, Hurricane Carla and Bad News Blues Band... Performing music from Desert Sounds, Jacob Acosta plays out on the patio at Johnny Gibson's... The Jack, Priest Unleashed and Mr. Skynyrd, Bucketfingers pay homage to the music of AC-DC, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Buckethead. It's Tribute Takeover at The Rialto Theater... With rhythms and beats that will make yo' ass shake, Yanga, a Chicago DJ collective, delivers a funky mezcla of Afro-Latin/funk/rock. With Sister Mantos (L.A.) and DJQ—like gasoline and a book of matches—these three acts will burn. "Quemame!" At Club Congress... Gasping for breath, Air Supply's "All Out of Love" at the Diamond Center... Club Sanctuary DJs Plastic Disease, MIJITO and Black Flagg spin for Disco Bloodbath. That's right. Use your imagination. At Cans Deli... Still Life Telescope, the Unday, La Cerca and Tropical Beach keep the oral tradition alive, at House of Bards... Inspired by the great legends of burlesque, host Stephka Von Snatch and the daring dames of What's Burlesk? will strip and tease to the music of 1940-'60s. At Surly Wench Pub...

Saturday, Aug. 4

Taco Sauce succeeds in marrying the swingin' swaying groove of Martha and the Vandellas with the ball-busting swagger of Pussy Riot. Catch them at Club Congress with Bruja and the Coyote and The Pork Torta... Guitarist Gabriel Naim Amor and upright bassist Thøger Lund play groovy jazz at Westbound... An evening of traditional Peruvian and Mexican music awaits in the listening room at Exo Roast Co. with Tradiciones Entre Peruanos... Hip-hoppers: Solar Culture is the spot for GLDN Party, featuring NYC emcee Skyzoo. With Jae Tilt, sadgalnina, Top Nax, R3D, Vinney Mendez and more... Up for a road trip to Bisbee? Promising the rawk party of the summer, The Quarry is celebrating a fourth anniversary with Larkspurs, The Mission Creeps and The Exbats... Latin rockeros Santa Pachita share their "sacred little flask" on the rooftop at Playground...

Sunday, Aug. 5

A cross between Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Staple Singers, master of Mississippi hill country blues Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir search for "Just A Little More Faith." At Monterey Court... This cocksure R&B singer asserts, "Who can do it like me?/Nobody baby." Keith Sweat delivers on promises at AVA Amphitheater. With the "Funky Divas" En Vogue. Things could get hot... If church is not your thing, blues singer/violinist Heather "Lil' Mama" Hardy preaches the gospel at Chicago Bar... It's Cabaret Night with Lola Torch & The Torchbearers (featuring Dimitri Manos, Thøger Tetens Lund and Ben Nisbet). Their repertoire includes everything from old country (Tammy Wynette) to '70s classics (Superstar by The Carpenters) to '60s ballads and a song or two from the musical Cabaret, of course. At Cans Deli...

Monday, Aug. 6

Miss Olivia Trio entertains at The Parish... Funky dance duo Mik and Scott are at Elliott's on Congress...

Tuesday, Aug. 7

On "Loco," this Oakland quartet searches for hope. Of wanting to be "a father, not a hooligan." Singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse spits, "Zombies in the street walkin' like they soulless.../It's enough to drive a motherfucker loco." Bang Data with local badass/activist DJ collective Ojalá Systems and Sonido El Tambo at Club Congress... The second eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley started his musical career early, singing with his brothers and sisters in The Melody Makers when he was 7. And has gone onto score eight Grammy Awards. His latest album, Revelation Pt. 2: The Fruit of Life, celebrates the influence reggae has had on hip-hop. "Rock Stone" with Stephen Marley at The Rialto Theater...

Wednesday, Aug. 8

A New Orleans treasure, they came up from playing the streets of the French Quarter to festival stages all over the world. Their hip-shaking sound upholds brass band traditions while adding ladlefuls of savory funk and hip-hop into the stockpot. Rebirth Brass Band brings the party machine to The Rialto Theater... Bluesman Austin Counts is at Tap + Bottle North... Phoenician singer-songwriter Jim Bachmann travels his compelling country through Owls Club... The "ukulele-driven, gypsy-inspired, whimsical indie-pop" of Little Cloud runs riot at Public Brewhouse...

Until next week, XOXO...

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