Recommended Music This Weekend

Friday, June 19

Debo Band Eleven members strong, this Sub Pop–signed ensemble re-energizes the sounds of ’60s and ’70s Ethiopian funk. With Gabriel Teodros. Triple Door. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. ANDREW GOSPE

Saturday, June 20

Candlebox If scientists studied the evolution of grunge, Candlebox would be the missing link between the genre’s first wave and the widely derided “post-grunge” dreck that soon followed. “Far Behind,” an early-’90s MTV staple and the band’s biggest hit, contains all the pertinent sonic information: soft/loud verses and choruses, vaguely pensive lyrics, and Kevin Martin’s borderline-yarling vocals. The Moore. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$27.50 DOS. All ages. AG

Dessa She has been called a cross between Mos Def and Dorothy Parker for her rapping prowess and raw, incisive lyricism. That comparison held for Dessa’s first two releases, but the Minneapolis artist brings more to the table on her just-released third full-length, Parts of Speech. Her rapping, delivered in a rolling cadence that maintains a cool distance while delving into deep emotional waters, is still here. But the star is Dessa’s singing, for which the rapping now seems simply the setup. It’s powerful stuff, as heard on second single “Call Off the Ghost,” where overdubs have given us a choir of Dessa’s pleadings for release in harmony over a glitchy club track, yet another delightful new development. With SIMS. Crocodile. 9 p.m. $15 adv. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sunday, June 21

Bruno Mars is about as big as pop stars come these days, and his success is predicated on genuine talent—he’s a prolific songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist—that, depending on who you ask (Tyler the Creator?), belies his pretty-boy image. With Ellie Goulding. Key Arena. 6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. AG

 
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