Seu Jorge @ 'Canes, June 19
Fans of ironic slacker cinema will know him as the Brazilian dude in The Life Aquatic who sang the acoustic-soul versions of David Bowie tunes. He's also starred in City of God, but his biggest talent is singing his phenomenal Latin acoustic songs, with a voice that could replace James Earl Jones and sex up CNN's station I.D. www.seujorge.com.
Black Crowes, Robert Randolph & Drive-By Truckers @ Viejas, June 17
Somehow the Crowes went from acid burnouts to classic-rock heroes, and they still flame-broil the guitar licks like no one else. Robert Randolph is God's own personal Ben Harper-a funk-soul maestro of the "sacred steel" lap guitar. And Drive-By Truckers are the sonic equivalent of grits and crappy coffee-the best thing in southern rock right now. www.blackcrowes.com, www.robertrandolph.net, www.drivebytruckers.com.
Fiery Furnaces & Man Man @ The Epicentre, June 17
Best show for people who describe their favorite music using the word "odd." The brother-sister duo that leads Fiery Furnaces are like English post-grads who married Ween and Nick Cave, to stunning effect. Man Man is CityBeat's favorite band right now-like drunken, cancer-throated Muppets singing barroom faves at the local sanitarium. www.thefiery furnaces.com, www.wearemanman.com
The Walkmen @ House of Blues, June 16
These New Yorkers' first band, Jonathan Fire Eater, was drooled over. They dissolved and formed The Walkmen, and the salivary glands quivered once again. Big, woozy rock songs built on craggy guitars and frontman Hamilton Leithauser's late-night raspy croon. www.marcata.net/walkmen
The Bronx @ Soma, June 19
This Los Angeles band was all the rage with their 2003 debut, which tilted the needle to red-raw like The Stooges but with hardcore's unrelenting assault. The buzz has hushed a bit, but they're about to drop their second record-and it's even better. www.the bronxxx.com