Ms. Lauryn Hill--the J.D. Salinger of R&B—has come out of hiding of late. With a new album reportedly coming down the pike, we can just taste the comeback. Friday, 8PM, The Wellmont Theatre. Sold out; but craigslist has plenty of tickets for this one.
NOLA pianist Allen Toussaint has written some of the most memorable songs ever (Working in the Coal Mine: So good, even Devo covered it). The work he’s done since Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild his hometown has juiced an already impressive career. Sunday, 12PM, Joe’s Pub.
Neko Case, indie music’s most consistently inspired redhead, plays The Bell House on Sunday at 8PM. The show is sold out, but craigslist should hook you up. Failing that, she’ll play a shorter but free show at Barnes & Noble Union Square on February 24 alongside Michael Showalter, who’s releasing his comedy memoir Mr Funny Pants. (Not to be confused relation to Tina Fey’s comedy memoir Bossypants. But really, don’t these people talk?)
Pittsburgh’s Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, brings his laptop—stuffed to the gills with pop samples, the deployment of which has turned him into the King of the Mashup—to The Wellmont Theatre on Saturday at 8PM. Sold out; head to craigslist for tickets.