Little Dragon. This Gothenburg, Sweden, underground quartet features Swedish-Japanese soul-pop singer Yukimi Nagano. They've found favor with in-the-know hip-hop heads like Questlove, Pharrell Williams, and Big Boi of OutKast. Monday at Union Transfer.
Junior Brown. "Better Call Saul: The Song." Guit-steel-playing string virtuoso and honky-tonk jokester goofs it up in promo for Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, slated to star Bob Odenkirk as less-than-ethical lawyer Saul Goodman when it bows on AMC in February. When do you call Saul, according to lyrics penned by series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould? When you're "shopping at a Wal-Mart short just a couple of beans, and there's a George Foreman grill down the back of your blue jeans." Watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGsC_LO3oFY
Homeland. Worst mother in the world Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is headed back to Islamabad. Cold-blooded operative Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) is proving to be all too human. And speaking of Saul, Mandy Patinkin's soulful former CIA chief, Saul Berenson, has an itch to leave the private sector behind. Post-Brody, Homeland is back on track. Sundays at 9 on Showtime.
Hot 8 Brass Band. Adventurous young New Orleans brass band led by tuba player Bennie Pete brings the cacophonous funk to South Philly. Friday at Boot & Saddle.
Frazey Ford. Canadian songwriter and founding member of folk-pop group the Be Good Tanyas went down South to Memphis to record Indian Ocean, her second solo album, with Al Green's backing band, the Hi Rhythm Section, including guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, who died this year. The results fuse patiently simmering Southern soul grooves with uncommonly intelligent songwriting. Thursday at Melodies Cafe in Ardmore.