If you're only familiar with Jamie Lidell as a sexy soul crooner, you're in for a surprise. True, he has a great voice, and when he started to get picked up on the indie radar, the music he was releasing made it easy to lump him in with the rash of other artists looking to hit it big in the neo-soul sweepstakes. But Lidell is like Dr. Detroit—a scientist playing a pimp, a geeky brainiac with the tools to fool everyone into thinking he's a smooth operator. With this year's Compass, the singer/producer is exposing more of his experimental side, which has reared its head mostly during live shows. Onstage, Lidell's process is laid bare as he uses a pile of electronics to interlock fragments of beatboxing and singing into full-on compositions consisting entirely of his voice...but only after he's through wooing you with a few torch songs. With so much talent in one place, it seems like the man would have to try not to be impressive. With Zeus. All ages.
Fri., Oct. 8, 7 p.m., 2010