The Dead Kenny Gs @ Del Monte Speakeasy at the Townhouse. A particularly unhinged and tough to classify blend of jazz and rock from three-quarters of Seattle-based musical pranksters Critters Buggin, this trio's bias against the jazz mainstream is established from the word go. Saxophonist Skerik says the band is the result of "what happens when people listen to Bad Brains and Art Ensemble of Chicago," and based on the results on the band's latest album, "Operation Long Leash," it's really sort of tough to beat that description. Del Monte Speakeasy at the Townhouse, 52 Windward Aven., Venice, Sunday. Admission is $5. -- Chris Barton
Evie Sands @ Viva Cantina. One can fork over far more cash on a number of today's young singer-songwriters, and nary a one will be as enchanting as Evie Sands. So stardom eluded her, but the extensive catalog of the chanteuse has been covered by a variety of greats and hipsters. Head to Wikipedia for the list and make the trek to Burbank's Viva Cantina for Sands' whip-smart, pop-friendly takes on Americana's past and present. Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Drive, Burbank, Sunday. No cover. - Todd Martens
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Photo: Seun Anikulapo Kuti. Credit: Knitting Factory Records