THE UNCLUDED, HAMELL ON TRIAL
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock are an unlikely combination: Dawson's voice is the aural embodiment of "twee," while Aesop Rock deals in rougher rhymes. But the pairing of the two—under the moniker the Uncluded—finds a catchy balance that flatters both. Also, Lil Bub is in one of their music videos. JUST SAYIN'. ALISON HALLETT
DONNA THE BUFFALO, THE BELIEVERS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) There's a little something for everyone in Donna the Buffalo's music; from the stoned Phish fanatic, to the Cajun Zydeco lover, to the little kid at concerts who always needs to dance. Unlike your usual alt-country band, Donna and "the Herd" infuse zydeco and reggae into their plucky sound with smooth finesse. Starting and headlining a roots music festival in Upstate New York for the past 20-plus years, Donna the Buffalo have produced nine albums and played more than their fair share of shows all over the US. With accordion waltzes and bluegrassy banjo, Donna is a nice convergence of cohesive instrumentation, spontaneous jams, and melodic, warm vocals. ROSE FINN
THE CULT, WHITE HILLS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) If all you ever heard by the Cult was the arena-ready chorus of "Fire Woman" or the AC/DC-aping opening riff from "Love Removal Machine" on classic rock radio, you might have filed them away under butt-rock. To be sure, that's part of the Cult's DNA, but there are also traces of goth, post-punk, and heavy metal, not to mention Ian Astbury's powerhouse pipes. On occasion, the Cult found the sweet spot in that Venn diagram—mostly just on sophomore album Rain, so here's hoping for heavy Rain in Monday night's set. Show up early for Hawkwind devotees White Hills, whose So You Are... So You'll Be comes out in late August and offers a more refined blast of the band's space-rock. MATT SULLIVAN
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