Don’t Miss These Four Shows

Chicano Batman, John Craigie, The Breeders, and Aminé.

Chicano Batman (Photo by Taylor Brigode)

Chicano Batman
Psychedelic Soul

Chicano Batman’s Freedom Is Free is deliciously reminiscent of the soulful songs of the ’70s. It comes three years after the release of Cycles of Existential Rhyme, and it’s a giant leap in a more eclectic, funkadelic direction, with the help of producer Leon Michels. The Brooklyn native is best known for his recordings with The Arcs and with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings — but it’s safe to say Michels’ collaboration with Chicano Batman is something beautiful. The quartet includes Bardo Martínez on vocals, Eduardo Arenas on bass, Gabriel Villa on percussion, and Carlos Arévalo on guitar. Together, they’ve crafted a record that’s melodically jagged in the most polished way. Songs like “The Taker Story” and “La Jura” are political, something the Los Angeles band has not introduced in its discography thus far. The subtly badass “Freedom Is Free” feels like Mac DeMarco’s “Salad Days” met the entire Biblio discography for coffee and gave birth to the most euphonic track in psychedelic soul. The “lowrider oldies” flare comes out most strongly on this song, although the entire 12-track record screams to have one hand on the wheel of a 1955 Thunderbird and the other wrapped around a fresh concha from your abuela’s panaderia. Sarah Armendariz

8 p.m., Friday Nov. 10, at Fox Theater. $25-65; thefoxoakland.com

John Craigie
Folk

Los Angeles native John Craigie has traded in the City of Angels for the City of Roses on his new album, No Rain, No Rose. The record is an ode to his new life in Portland, and producing it in his living room lent each track a degree of intimacy. No Rain, No Rose is Craigie’s 10th studio album and a testament to the fine-tuning he has made to his sound and songwriting. His stylistic approach emits a very Bob Dylan-meets-Dan Auerbach sound, perfectly integrating ’60s-like raw banjo and harmonica solos into tracks like “Michael Collins” and “Broken.” Each track that follows maintains a steady pace of folk, banjo, and a whole lot of passion. Craigie begins to wrap up the record by paying tribute to a hit off The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street: “Tumbling Dice.” He gets by with a little help from folk musicians Jay Cobb Anderson and the Shook Twins. Together, they put a twangy twist on the famous classic that gets people on their feet before the end of the first verse. Sarah Armendariz

8:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 11, at Great American Music Hall. $34-$75; slimspresents.com

The Breeders
Alternative Rock

Since abruptly leaving The Pixies in 2013, Kim Deal has remained an elusive figure within the alternative rock world. After finishing a tour commemorating the 20th anniversary of their 1993 masterpiece The Last Splash, The Breeders have been quietly working on their next album. Early last month, The Breeders finally shared their progress with “Wait in the Car,” a track off their forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled release. Luckily for Breeders fans, the band has retained its signature spunk on its latest track, a quick yet catchy anthem that fits its discography perfectly. The first lyrics heard on the track are, “Good morning,” setting the tone for the Breeders’ first new material in nearly a decade. Amid the dreariness that lies ahead this winter, The Breeders’ summery and energetic attitude will be a welcome respite for audiences. While remaining hopeful to hear more tracks off the upcoming album, rest assured that listeners will have a chance to scream along with classics like “Cannonball” and “Divine Hammer.” The Breeders have firmly secured their place as one of the seminal artists in 1990s alternative rock, but with the band’s full attention looking into the future rather than the past, it’s possible the best is yet to come. Tim Casagrande

Saturday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Rickshaw Stop. $35-$40; rickshawstop.com

Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Independent. $35; theindependentsf.com

Aminé
Rap

Born Adam Daniel, rapper Aminé has proven with his debut album Good For You how happy and out-of-the-ordinary he really is. The joy is felt in the bright yellow cover art — which features Aminé perched on a toilet, stark naked, and reading a paper — and the notion that he might just be the first breakout rap act straight from Portland. The album is light in its instrumental and synth-beat nature, but Aminé stuns his audience with his passionate political voice. He most recently appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform his single “Caroline,” but switched the final verse to shed light on the series of unfortunate political events in America. He balances the weight of reality with the drive he has to accomplish his dreams on “Turk,” and grapples with his faith and day-to-day life on the underdog track “Sundays.” Within 15 songs, Aminé raps on a spectrum of topics that range from existentialism to just how much he loves the Spice Girls. “Blinds” feels like a modern “It Was A Good Day” and reiterates an equally contagious beat with lyrics that have listeners rewinding again and again to revel in just how badass it is. The record rounds off with a bonus song with Oakland’s Kehlani, “Heebiejeebies,” which starts with a piano riff straight from Outkast’s “Roses” but builds into a duet that leaves us feeling just plain happy and hungry for more of what Aminé has up his sleeve. Sarah Armendariz

Monday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m., at The Fillmore. $30-65; thefillmore.com

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