Concert Previews

Shemekia Copeland , at World Cafe Live Friday.
Shemekia Copeland , at World Cafe Live Friday.
Posted: September 28, 2012

Shemekia Copeland

"I'll sing the blues to you," Shemekia Copeland declares on her new album, 331/3. Will she ever. The daughter of the late blues great Johnny Copeland, Shemekia has firmly established herself as a commanding blues presence in her own right, even while showing that her definition of the music is pretty expansive. In the past she has worked with such name producers as Dr. John and Steve Cropper. For 331/3 she teams up for the second straight time with guitarist and songwriter Oliver Wood of the rootsy but tough-to-define Wood Brothers, and again it's a fruitful collaboration. Along with songs by Wood and his cowriter John Hahn, and, as usual, one by her father, Copeland puts her own stamp on Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good News," J.J. Grey's "A Woman," Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," and Randy Weeks' Lucinda Williams-covered "Can't Let Go."

- Nick Cristiano


Shemekia Copeland, with Wanamaker Lewis, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $25. Phone: 215-222-1400.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Masters of the slow build to pandemonium, Montreal post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor (named for a Japanese motorcycle gang documentary) took indie rock by storm in the late '90s with a string of sprawling orchestral releases with titles as perplexing as the band's moniker. Early efforts F#A#[infinity symbol] and Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven blew minds with epic swells and thundering crescendos. Then, following 2002's Yanqui U.X.O., the band simply dropped out, going on dreaded indefinite hiatus. Only after curating U.K. fest All Tomorrow's Parties in 2010 did GY!BE return to touring duty. On the heels of a brain-rattling Sunday headlining set at Asbury Park's I'll Be Your Mirror, the band is hitting the road again, sure to reignite persistent wish-casting for a new record.

- Brian Howard


Godspeed You! Black Emperor, with Bardo Pond, performs at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., Tickets: $25 (sold out). Information: 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com.

Diego Garcia/Jovanotti


 With Diego Garcia, the one-time Elefant front man and Argentine solo soft-rock sensation, and crooner Jovanotti hailing from Italy, Tuesday night at the Trocadero will be dedicated to the international male. And I'm not talking the men's skimpy-underwear catalog. Garcia has been making a flavorful brand of dream pop with his debut solo album Laura, which spent 2011 atop the charts and minds of adult-alt-rock radio programmers everywhere. While young Italian immigrant communities love him for his Springsteen-ish lyrics, Jovanotti (known to his Tuscan parents as Lorenzo Cherubini) has had a slightly harder time getting known to American audiences since his career's start in the late '80s. Recently though, he has been melting hearts and changing opinions after a particularly dynamic Bonnaroo performance in 2011. To impress old fans and win new ones, the charismatic, poetic rocker just dropped Italia 1988-2012, a career retrospective with four new tracks including "New York for Life" and "Con La Luce Negli Occhi," as well as deconstructed versions of familiar songs such as "La Porta É Aperta" and "Mezzogiorno."

- A.D. Amorosi


Jovanotti and Diego Garcia play 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets: $22.50-$25. Information: 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com.

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