Country moon: New Madrid's Southern heritage is evident in its subtle alt-country foundation, but the Athens, Ga.-based four piece adds a hefty dose of pop-friendly indie rock sensibility with noodling guitars and soaring, reverb-drenched melodies. The band plays Broadway's with Doc Aquatic and The Hermit Kings on Friday, Aug. 23.
Reunited and it feels so good: Mobb Deep's sophomore album, The Infamous, is widely credited with reinvigorating East Coast hip-hop in the mid-'90s and establishing a dark new direction for hardcore rap. The duo split last year, after two decades of recording, but reunited this spring for a 20th anniversary tour that visits Asheville Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 23.
Psychedelic soul: The Secret B-Sides released its third full length, Easy Magic, in April, a funky, groove-heavy soul record the band's website aptly describes as "solid gold baby making music." The quartet visits Pisgah Brewing Company on Saturday, Aug. 24.