by Tosten Burks
The African Festival of the Arts continues through this evening in Washington Park, with Brandy headlining at the Dee Parmer Woodtor Stage. City Winery hosts Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Charlie Parr, and more at its Bubbly-Q. Tuesday, a reunited Goodie Mob performs at the House of Blues. Wednesday, Parisian psych-rockers Catholic Spray play an in-store at Permanent Records, and Irish folkie Damien Dempsey plays Lincoln Hall.
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Peter Margasak calls Thin Hymns' new Black Water cassette beguiling, weird, slippery, confident, and gorgeous. In other words, this is art-rock we're talking about. Melodies surprise and then never leave your head. Fluttering flute and cello details are par for the course. It's all supremely executed for a band that's on its second release to date. Chandeliers open.
Trinidad-born Drew Gonsalvez, recording as Kobo Town, melds the calypso sensibilities of his homeland with reggae and hip-hop on new album Jumbie in the Jukebox. The result is a catchy slice of cultural cross-pollination that Peter Margasak says suffers a bit from "rosy nostalgia" and a mellow vibe that drains the calypso elements of some of their vivacity. This music is a joyous update of the tradition, though, not a memorial to its origins.
Harley Streten, the 21-year-old Australian producer known as Flume, dabbles in the spliced, flashy, rumbling hybrid of EDM and R&B you might have heard from How to Dress Well or Shlohmo. On his self-titled debut, "Some of the songs feel almost inhuman," writes Leor Galil. "But Streten can find the heart and sensuality in alien, robotic noises." Tokimonsta opens.