Dakota Jazz Club on Sunday 1.22 and Monday 1.23

A metaphoric shift to relatively serene high barometric pressure profoundly affects Weather (Naïve), Meshell Ndegeocello's latest, surprisingly hushed and intimate album. Rather than grappling with the world or lashing out at it with anger and bitterness as she often has in the past, Ndegeocello is far more contemplative as she muses about personal relationships while crafting a subtly alluring fusion of pop, jazz, soul, and folk. It all floats in the fathomless depths of Joe Henry's exquisite production, a warmly organic medium alive with textural intrigues notably including Ndegeocello's versatile voice, which sometimes gently ventures into higher octaves, and the ripe pulse of her bass. Despite the dearth of storm clouds on Weather and its essentially spare sound (particularly the cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel"), most of the tracks have the multifaceted complexity of finely cut jewels, while Ndegeocello's lyrics probe equally complicated emotions. She's reportedly touring with a four-piece band that includes drums, guitar, keyboards, and cello. $40. 7 p.m. 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.1010. —Rick Mason

Keb Mo / Anders Osborne

Guthrie Theater on Monday 1.23

Cry Culture Wolf help honor the local hip-hop and R&B scene
courtesy of the artist
Cry Culture Wolf help honor the local hip-hop and R&B scene

Location Info


The Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: University

Although often considered a blues revivalist, Keb Mo (a.k.a. L.A.-bred Kevin Moore) long has had wider interests, which fully emerge on The Reflection, his first release on his own label, Yolabelle. The title track is a sleek, easygoing slice of lightweight pop-soul, whose predictably tasteful mellowness generally prevails throughout collaborations with India.Arie and Vince Gill, and scattered contributions from jazz musicians Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, and Dave Koz. The outstanding track is the opening "The Whole Enchilada," a slyly funky nugget of classic soul that would well serve Al Green. Most regrettable is a flaccid cover of the Eagles' "One of These Nights" that practically succumbs mid-tune to an apparent lack of interest by all involved. Also on this bill is guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne, a native of Sweden whose two-plus-decade stay in New Orleans has infiltrated his music and his soul. His tunes have a distinct Crescent City slant, particularly with standout NOLA drummer Stanton Moore laying down the grooves on last year's American Patchwork (Alligator). But wider rock, blues, jazz, and R&B crop up, especially coloring his wicked slide guitar work (which particularly shines on the searing, off-kilter "Darkness at the Bottom"), while vocally (and sometimes lyrically) he suggests a grittier Jackson Browne. $46-$48. 7:30 p.m. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. —Rick Mason

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