Image 1. Hip-hop heavyweight: Akil the MC, founding member of the iconic alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5, visits One Stop Deli and Bar to "shine his light, music and message of peace, love unity and having fun world-wide" on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Image 2. If you build it, they will play: After an extended break, local indie-pop quintet Oulipo emerges from hibernation on Friday, Jan. 4 for a melodic, ethereal evening at Apothecary (two of the band's members were instrumental in developing the multi-use arts space). The show will also feature a photography exhibit by Keegan Hooper and sets by Alligator Indian and Points of Light.
Image 3. “There isn't nothin' wrong with Nashville”: Two of Music City's most irreverent songwriters, Todd Snider (pictured) and Bobby Bare Jr., bring their often humorous, sometimes dark and always honest Americana narratives to The Orange Peel on Saturday, Jan. 5.