Femi Kuti and Positive Force, with guest DJ Ruder 1, perform at 9 p.m. Friday night at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $33, $43, $54. Information: 215-222-14000, www.worldcafelive.com.
Steve Miller, Gregg Allman
Too old to rock and roll? Perish the thought.
Two rock legends hit the Tower on Tuesday as Steve Miller and Gregg Allman co-headline. Both are promoting new albums of blues covers - Miller's Let Your Hair Down and Allman's Low Country Blues.
The Space Cowboy is in fine voice on his tight, rollicking collection. But it won't be easy to replace the harp work of Norton Buffalo, who died of cancer in 2009.
Producer T-Bone Burnett has Allman in the high end of his register for much of the CD. But the Midnight Rider unveils his deep, bourbon-cured wail on Amos Milburn's "Tears Tears Tears."
Both singers cover Muddy Waters' "Can't Be Satisfied" on their new releases - a fact that augurs well for a jam.
- David Hiltbrand
Steve Miller and Gregg Allman play 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St. Tickets: $25-$95. Information: 610-352-2887, www.livenation.com
On its CD The Family Sign
, Atmosphere continues to dial back on the smart-aleck asides and righteous anger that were keys to the Minneapolis duo's ascendancy to indie-hip-hop stardom. It's a sign of maturity. As Slug (a.k.a. Sean Daley) states at the beginning of "Millennium Dodo," "Why don'tcha all just sit back and let a man grow." A meditation on family and friendship, the legacy of one's past, and the difficulty of one's present, The Family Sign
sets Slug's impressive storytelling to sparse, mid-tempo beats from Ant (Anthony Davis), thickened with reverberating funk from guest guitarist Nate Collis and keyboardist Erick Anderson. Sunday at the Electric Factory, Atmosphere tops a night of hip-hop from the Rhymesayers collective, on a bill that includes Blueprint and Grieves with Budo.
- Steve Klinge
WPRB Presents the Family Tour with Atmosphere, Blueprint, Grieves with Budo, Sab the Artist, and DJ Abilities at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. Tickets: $26. Information: 215-627-1332; www.livenation.com.