Live Tonight: A Tribe Called Red, Com Truise, Dave Hause, We Were Promised Jetpacks

Canada’s First Nations trio, A Tribe Called Red, fuses electronic club and contemporary indigenous music into something it calls “powwow step.” Nation II Nation, the band’s second full-length album, dropped last spring and earned, among other praise, sold-out shows and a feature spot on Diplo and Friends, the DJ/producer’s music program on BBC1. Red’s sound—aboriginal drumbeats and vocals layered with the thumping of electro bass and clap tracks—elevates electronic music to the next level, marrying the traditional and the modern. This has made the group unofficial spokespersons on current issues affecting the indigenous community: land rights, decolonization, cultural appropriation. (The latter issue has seeped into Red’s live show; adoring concertgoers donning war paint and headdresses have roused ATCR member DJ NDN’s indignation. In an interview for Huffington Post Canada, he called such acts “redface” and asked fans to “Please stop.”) The beatmakers, in town on the Turtle Island Tour, are sure to put on a pulsating show; just please leave the face paint and feathers at home. With Tang & Toast. Barboza. 8 p.m. $13 adv. 21 and over. MARGERY CERCADO

New Jersey–based producer Seth Haley, better known as Com Truise, channels Tangerine Dream and the Drive soundtrack on his latest, In Decay, a rarities and B-sides compilation (already?) that pays tribute to the ’80s via analog synths and song titles like “84’ Dreamin’ ” and “Video Arkade.” With Phantoms, Zoolab. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $15. 21 and over. DL

Like many punk frontmen, Dave Hause has made a foray into singer/songwriter territory as a solo act—though in his case, he’s built a following that outstrips his work with the Loved Ones. His second LP, Devour, is working-class rock, Springsteen via The Gaslight Anthem, and features appearances by members of Social Distortion, My Morning Jacket, and Frightened Rabbit. With Northcote, Jefferson Death Star. El Corazon. 8:30 p.m. $10 adv./$8 DOS. 21 and over. DL

Scottish alt-pop quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks has been quiet of late, but that’s all about to change. The band just released E Rey, a live album with an accompanying film recorded during its 2012 tour. E Rey also includes a new song, a hazy jam called “Peace Sign,” which should hold fans over until WWPJ’s next album, slated for a fall release. With Honeyblood. Neumos. 8 p.m. $18 adv. 21 and over. ACP

Langhorne Slim has a gospel singer’s soul mixed with folk-rock tendencies. The singer/songwriter keeps company with fellow country-influenced artists like the Avett Brothers, but Slim favors the raucous parts of the genre over the slow and somber. His shows are about the celebration, not the grieving. With Mike Giacolino. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $12. 21 and over. DH

 
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