Tonight: Maxwell & Jill Scott @ Key Arena, The Buzzcocks at El Corazon

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Maxwell & Jill Scott, with Guy Torry. Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., 682-8225. 7 p.m. $39.50-$150. All ages. Drawing on his most recent chart-topping release

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Tonight: Maxwell & Jill Scott @ Key Arena, The Buzzcocks at El Corazon

  • Tonight: Maxwell & Jill Scott @ Key Arena, The Buzzcocks at El Corazon

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    Maxwell & Jill Scott, with Guy Torry. Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., 682-8225. 7 p.m. $39.50-$150. All ages. Drawing on his most recent chart-topping release BLACKsummers'night as well as 1996's multi-platinum Urban Hang Suite, the Brooklyn-born Maxwell's silky vocal stylings ponder love and emotional connection in a boldly deep and complex way. His co-headliner, Jill Scott, is more than capable of drawing her own crowd; known for a wise and honest perspective, not to mention vividly descriptive flourishes, her fourth release The Light of the Sun (due out later this year) promises to be a further cementing of Scott's place as the neo-soul queen. Between the two Grammy-winning neo-soul pioneers and their balance of baby-making grooves and intellectual poetics, it's an R&B lover's dream. NICK FELDMAN

    The Buzzcocks, with the Dollyrots, Images. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $20. 33 1/3 years after their debut EP Spiral Scratch, the UK's first self-released punk record, Manchester's Buzzcocks remain influential and even relevant as the writing/vocals/guitars core of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle push into their mid-fifties. Tonight, rewind to 1978 for their first two albums, Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites, in their entirety. The relative innocence of their hooky, hurtling (19 of the two discs' 26 tracks clock in under 3:30) pop-punk is a refreshing counterpoint to the nihilism of their inspiration, the Sex Pistols, and Shelley's fey bisexuality lends the lyrics a dimension beyond the usual boy-meets-(and loses) girl. MICHAEL MAHONEY
     
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