The Cult, with Black Ryder. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151. 7 p.m. $35. All ages. It would be easy to dismiss the Cult's Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy as the Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of British hard rock, as they have burned through sideman like Lil' Wayne though rolling papers. The biggest difference of course, lies with the Cult's sound which, while rooted in Duffy's distinctive big guitar styling, has continuously been an evolutionary process. Given that Astbury's vocals still sound like a million bucks, this may be one of those occasions where you won't feel like you've missed something not seeing them back in the day, a trait rare in bands with a 30-year plus career span. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR
Lyfe Jennings, with Dice. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $25. 8 p.m. $25. While spending just over a decade in prison for arson, Lyfe Jennings picked up a guitar and found his love for music. Now a platinum-selling R&B singer/songwriter, his fourth studio album, August's I Still Believe, is the one he claims will be his last--a sacrifice made in order to spend more time with his children. That's why he delayed its release to put more effort into its creation, and that's why his complexity and honest voice seem their most mastered. In a hip-hop culture obsessed with hypermasculinity and criminal behavior, it's a pleasant surprise to hear a felon who lived the narrative respond with such positivity. NICK FELDMAN
Hot Hot Heat, with Hey Rosetta. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 8 p.m. $14 adv./$15 DOS. All ages. Delaying the Breakdown.