North Mississippi Allstars Last Concert Cafe, February 1
Sons of the late Jim Dickinson, the legendary Memphis producer and sometime Rolling Stones sideman, Luther and Cody Dickinson grew up on punk but couldn't help absorbing the abundant rootsy sounds around them. Logically, their band North Mississippi Allstars infused the music of the nearby Mississippi hill country, the near-hypnotic patterns of bluesmen like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, into their brawny Southern rock.
That was nearly 15 years ago, and the Allstars have only gotten tighter while becoming a standby on the jam-band and festival circuit. The band's most recent album is 2012's I'm Not Dead, I'm Just Gone, a collaboration with Jim, who passed in 2009. CHRIS GRAY
Sum 41 Warehouse Live, February 1
This is still kinda funny, right? But has it really been 12 years since "Fat Lip"? CHRIS GRAY
The Tontons, Wild Moccasins, Young Mammals, Featherface Walters, Februrary 2
Three of Houston's top indie bands in their prime, and one who recently returned to active duty from a rather lengthy hiatus (the Mammals), add up to one hot ticket. The Tontons are pushing their brand-new 7-inch, "Bones." CHRIS GRAY
Gojira Warehouse Live, February 2
French heavy-metal act Gojira's album L'Enfant Sauvage was one of the best-received metal discs of 2012, as well as their first set for their new label home Roadrunner. But Gojira is no metal band come lately, recording mostly demos from 1996 through their proper debut in 2001, Terra Incognita. Here's hoping that the mighty Sauvage, now their fifth album overall, is only the beginning of Gojira's reign in the metal sun. With Devin Townsend and the Atlas Moth. CRAIG HLAVATY
Renaldo Domino Continental Club, February 2
Every six months or so, the Continental Club digs up another near-forgotten soul/R&B name from up north and pairs him or her with a couple of our own prizes. Recently it's been Andre Williams and Lee Fields, and this time it's a man whose voice is so sweet he had to be named after sugar, Renaldo Domino. (We wish we could take credit for that, but it's from his label, the Numero Group.)
In the mid-'70s Domino was tapped to be the next great Chicago soul singer, next to TwiNight labelmate Syl Johnson, but criminally never caught on outside the Windy City. Today his singles like "You Need to Be Loved On" and "Not Too Cool to Cry" are sought-after collector's items, and Domino will perform them live Saturday night alongside Gulf Coast legends Archie Bell and Barbara Lynn. CHRIS GRAY
The Residents Fitzgerald's, February 3
Purposefully remaining anonymous, speaking only through a representative of the aptly named Cryptic Corporation, the Residents have been muddling the boundaries between pop music, performance art, and high-concept satire for almost 50 years now.
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Piecing together albums from various avant-garde sounds -- electronic noise, free-form jazz, contemporary classical -- the Residents have accumulated a staggeringly prolific catalog, of which 2011's Coochie Brake is just the tip. (It's named for an actual Louisiana swamp near Shreveport, where the four members supposedly grew up.) In short, if you think groups like Ween, Devo or Primus are a little offbeat, get a load of the originators. CHRIS GRAY