Touche Amore - Saturday, February 15 - Nile Theater
Looking into the hardcore punk landscape today, if you're an outsider, things tend to get a little confusing. Touche Amore is a posthardcore band that is changing what it means and what it sounds like to be a punk band, combining elements of '90s screamo and posthardcore with an intense work ethic and a neverending tour schedule.
The words "screamo" and "posthardcore" usually conjure images of tattoocovered Warped Tour scene bands, but that's not at all Touche Amore. The act get its own brand of posthardcore from such bands as Pg. 99 and Orchid. Initially, Touche Amore showed a lot more of its hardcore side, but these days the outfit is exhibiting more of its throatshredding side, with a sound fashioned by brutal landmark influences such as Converge, American Nightmare and Hope Conspiracy. -- Lucas Chemotti
Bettye LaVette - Sunday, February 16 - MIM Musical Theatre
At 68, Detroit-raised soul legend Bettye LaVette seems to be at the start of a brilliant career. Chalk it up to an unusual biography, which found the gifted singer recording her first charting single at the tender age of 16, touring with a fresh-faced Otis Redding at 19 and later playing in the James Brown Revue -- essentially walking backwards down the road to riches.
In fact, she didn't break beyond the States until 2005, when, teaming up with producer Joe Henry, she dropped I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, featuring songs written by Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Sinéad O'Connor and Lucinda Williams. While a 2007 LP saw her singing standards backed by Drive-By Truckers, 2010's Interpretations includes songs by the Stones, the Beatles, and the Who, redone to emphasize the blues they'd emulated in the first place. -- Chris Martins