Best Coast Tuesday, May 28, at Granada Theater, $24 L.A.'s surf-pop duo Best Coast blew up on everyone's radar in 2010 when they were one of the most blog-worthy bands around after releasing their debut LP Crazy for You. Then, last year they had an equally as powerful follow-up with The Only Place, so we all knew it was only a matter of time before they hit the road again. Maybe I'll try to see them again, since the last time I had the chance it was during 35 Denton's torrential downpour, giving everything an air of misery. Either way, get your tickets early, folks.
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Future Wednesday, April 24, at House of Blues, $22.50 If you don't yet know who Atlanta rapper Future is, you will soon. He's released a handful of decent mix-tapes, but most important, he just dropped his second full-length Future Hendrix, which is a follow-up to 2012's stunning debut Pluto. Go check out his track "Neva End," which features a guest appearance from Destiny's child member Kelly Rowland, and you'll get a feel for his stuff.
Fela! Tuesday, May 7 through Sunday, May 19, at AT&T Performing Arts Center, $30-$150 Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, for Fela!, a Broadway musical that is the winner of three 2010 Tony Awards, including best choreography. The musical is produced by some of Hollywood's biggest names and hip-hop artists, including Jay-Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and stars former Destiny's Child's member Michelle Williams. I normally don't announce musicals, but this one is so packed with stardom that I couldn't resist. It's also based on the life of Fela Kuti, who created Afrobeat -- a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies -- and mixed the eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria's corrupt and oppressive dictatorships. Hell yeah.
The Octopus Project Saturday, June 1, at Granada Theater, $20-$38 Austin's experimental electro-pop quartet The Octopus Project has been putting out albums since the early aughts but have never quite picked up national steam until a couple of years ago with their album Hexadecagon. As far as I know, they're still riding out the immense buzz and praise from that release, and although nothing has officially been announced, I'm sure they have a trick or two up their sleeves this summer. The group puts as much energy into their visual performance as they do their musical one, with video-projecting equipment and whatnot. Should make for an entertaining show.
Brad Paisley Saturday, July 27, at Gexa Energy Pavilion I don't know enough about Brad Paisley to chat him up, but there is one pretty cool thing he's doing this summer on his "Beat This Summer" tour: partnering with Live Beyond and donating $1 from each ticket sale to provide medical care, clean water, nutritional support and development activities to impoverished communities in Haiti. Fellow country music singer-songwriters Chris Young and Lee Brice will open the show. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15 .