With her early '90s-style club beats (courtesy of Flosstradamus DJ J2K, who's her brother) and party raps, Chicago MC Kid Sister is poised to give both M.I.A. and Santigold a serious run for their money. Collaborating with Kanye gave her a boost into the spotlight; let's see if she can stay there. If you want to attend the show tonight for free, head on over here and read Hollis' take on the MC -- that she's more Lil Mama than M.I.A.
Ben Folds at Benaroya Hall, 7:30 p.m., $20-$80, all ages
Ben Folds' comedic approach to songwriting may have won him the adoration of college fans, but his most formidable skill is a Midas touch with people and musical subgenres that--until he has his way with them--are generally considered to be waaaay uncool.