Das Mortal If you found yourself running out to the store to purchase the Drive soundtrack back in 2011, you’ll definitely want to get to Beauty Bar on Thursday, April 26. Montreal producer Cristóbal Cortes brings his Curse tour to the Downtown venue with this synthwave project, which combines French-electro influences with ’80s cinema flair. It’s a dance party about to happen. 8 p.m., $12.
Colter Wall Brooklyn Bowl’s Saturday, April 28 headliner might be country star and “Cast No Stones” singer Cody Jinks, but opener Colter Wall is worth consideration on his own. The 22-year-old Canadian possesses one of the deepest and grittiest baritone voices in the industry today, and The New Yorker recently called him “a welcome addition to the genre of outlaw country.” Check out Wall’s cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waitin’ Around to Die,” then head to ticketfly.com to grab your ticket. Cody Jinks with Colter Wall, Red Shahan, 8 p.m., $35.
Blackalicious “We take a journey through music right now,” the West Coast duo raps on the funky feel-good track “4000 miles” from its 2002 album Blazing Arrow—and that’s what they’ll do Sunday, April 29 at the Bunkhouse. What other hip-hop duo could sample Harry Nilsson’s 1971 hit “Me and My Arrow” and make it effortlessly cool, just as they did on that same LP’s title track? Gift of Gab (Tim Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) are experimental hip-hop titans—uplifting, funky and wicked-fast with their rhymes. And get ready to double down, hip-hop heads: Sage Francis and B Dolan perform at the same Downtown venue—billed as Epic Beard Men—on Tuesday, May 1. Blackalicious with Hassan, DJ Wizdumb, 8 p.m., $14-$16. Epic Beard Men with Slept Ins, Late for Dinner, Vessel, 9 p.m., $12-$15.
THE Lawrence Arms Singers Chris McCaughan (guitar) and Brendan Kelly (bass) have such distinct vocals that you’d recognize the Lawrence Arms just about anywhere. The Chicago boys behind 2006 pop-punk anthem “Are You There, Margaret? It’s Me, God” are celebrating 19 years as a band and released a 29-song compilation, We Are the Champions of the World, on Fat Wreck Chords last month. Pick up a copy when you catch them live Wednesday, May 2 at Beauty Bar. With Red City Radio, Sincere Engineer, 8 p.m., $20.