Advertisers and television producers love Ingrid Michaelson. Her plucky voice and can-do ukulele pair with just about everything, from apple juice and Old Navy to hourlong dramas. But with Lights Out, her sixth studio album, Michaelson is branching out … a bit. She hasn’t completely renounced cute, but she’s working with multiple songwriters and producers for the first time, resulting in a fuller, more mature sound. Standout tracks include “Home,” “You Got Me” and the infectious, radio-friendly “Girls Chase Boys.” Michaelson is at House of Blues on May 10 ($27.50), and if you haven’t formed a serious emotional attachment by the end of the show, you probably have ice water in your veins.
Earth, Wind & Funk
Don’t throw cold water on the idea of seeing Earth, Wind & Fire at Star of the Desert Arena on May 10 ($22-$57.50), because once these Rock and Roll http://matrita.com/online/ Hall of Famers start playing, funk happens. Their touring band consists of three key members (bassist Verdine White, percussionist Ralph Johnson and longtime vocalist Philip Bailey) as well as an array of musical and vocal support. So despite the absence of founder Maurice White, the hits (“Fantasy,” “Shining Star,” “Let’s Groove” and “Boogie Wonderland,”) should sound like they’re supposed to.
On Sale Now
The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir plays The Pearl on July 5 ($40-$90) with his band, RatDog. I know it’s not cool to confuse real bands such as RatDog with fictional bands like Mouse Rat, but it happens. This is RatDog’s first tour since 2009, and founding bassist Rob Wasserman is back in the fold, playing alongside his replacement, Robin Sylvester. That means all your favorite songs with twice the bass, at no additional cost.