Jamaican dancehall tenor and roots crooner.
When the Geto Boys rolled through town in January, the legendary Houston trio left without its icon Bushwick Bill. The amicable midget rapper, possessed of a mind that’s constantly playing tricks on him, spent the next three months in Austin, living on a couch and recording an album with some of the city’s best session players. Checks & Balances drops this month. Until then, get schooled on the Boys’ “Geto Fantasy.”– Chase Hoffberger
“Boom Boom” blues at the jazz palace.
Old 97’s heartthrob dimples early, 8pm.
Light years from these Canadians’ tortured, no frills, 1999 debut, Under Feet Like Ours, Tegan & Sara’s seventh studio LP Heartthrob dropped in January with smoothed, polished edges. Tamed are the once raw vocals of the identical twins’ history, swapped for sleek chimes with a synth-pop backdrop. The Quin sisters leaped between genres with gusto, but the songwriting remains unchanged. Local indie rockers the Black & White Years close with a set inside.– Nina Hernandez