Live Tonight: Dwele, Son Volt, Kobo Town

Dwele R&B music is understood to be sultry, but the songs from this Detroit singer and producer are steamier than most. His bass-heavy, minimalist slow jams aim for the hips as much as the heart. With Zach Bruce, Danelle Hayes, DJ Topspin. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $20 adv. ANDREW GOSPE

Kobo Town The calypso-infused strain of reggae Drew Gonsalves plays is brighter and more immediate than what you’ll typically find at a local reggae show. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. AG

Son Volt Released earlier this year, Jay Farrar and co.’s album Honky Tonk is a slight departure from the dusty Americana rock the band has played so well over its now-six-album-deep catalog. It’s more country roots than hipsters in boots, full of barroom waltzes, sprightly fiddles, and, in “Bakersfield,” even nods to the California seat of honky-tonk that introduced us to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Of course you can’t take Farrar’s easy-rolling drawl out of the equation: The album is wholly his, his unhurried croon melting over the lyrics of ballad “Wild Side”: “You’re on the wild side/That’s where you’ll always be/You’re living proof that there’s grace in this world/Outside living free.” Shimmering pedal steel only helps make the tune tenderer—and yes, more country. With Colonel Ford. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414. $18 adv./$20 DOS. 8 p.m. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Troy’s Bucket This jam band comprises several prominent local instrumentalists, including guitarists Andy Coe and RL Heyer. With Skyfoot. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 7 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS. AG

 
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