The Suspect: Ike Stubblefield
Known as being the modern master of the Hammond B3 organ, Stubblefield began playing keyboards in the late ‘60s for Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. Last year, he lent his skills to a Cee Lo Green recording session; last month, he released his own CD of smooth jazz, Old Souls on New Shoes, featuring a guest appearance by Eric Clapton.
Can Be Found: Mo Daddy’s, Friday, June 24.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): George Benson, Al Jarreau.
You Should Go If: You’re a fool for movies with talking animals; when telling a story you refer to yourself by your first and last name; you have no problem polishing off meals advertised to feed a family of four; your breaking point … OK, fine, yard work and exercise are out of the question, but, really, too hot to have sex?!
The Suspect: Dead Prez
This politically active hip-hop duo debuted in 2000 with the album, Let’s Get Free. Their music has been featured on Chappelle’s Show and Entourage; 2011 finds them collaborating with M.I.A., and waiting for their completed disc Information Age to drop later this month.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday, June 25.
RIYD: Nas, Talib Kweli.
You Should Go If: You led a failed but noble coup against your kindergarten teacher after months of being spoon-fed groupthink; since The Roots became the house band for Jimmy Fallon they are dead to you; you know all 201 words that rhyme with oppressed; your breaking point … the government isn’t satisfied with controlling the banks, the oil supply, and the weather systems — now they’re f—king with the price of coffee?!
The Suspect: Crossfade
This rock band from Columbia, S.C., jumped out of the gate in 2004 when its self-titled debut went certified platinum on the strength of the hit single, “Cold.” After a disappointing second release caused them to be dropped from their label, leader Ed Sloan almost quit the music business all together. It’s been five years since the band’s last album; We All Bleed hit the shelves on June 21.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Tuesday, June 28.
RIYD: 3 Doors Down, Nickelback.
You Should Go If: You wore tails/fishnet stockings to prom; you unironically keep a sheet of inspirational quotes above your desk; you’ve sent audition videos to 11 different reality shows; your breaking point … politicians have led us into never-ending wars, stalled out on healthcare, trashed the economy — but making sexting something to be ashamed of has crossed a line.