Creem Circus. The 1970s rock celebrants fronted by Chris DiPinto have a name that combines two of the popular glossy music mags that chronicled the exploits of the band’s glam-bam-thank-you-ma’am heroes back in the day. Well-suited to open for KISS’ Gene Simmons. Friday at the Trocadero.
Alabama Shakes, “Killer Diller.” Brittany Howard and band cover the great blueswoman Memphis Minnie in a 1920s-style studio, with Jack White overseeing the recording. From American Epic Sessions, the companion film to the Robert Redford-narrated PBS series about pre-World War II music and technology. Featuring new recordings of tunes from that bygone era, with Nas, Elton John, Beck, the Avett Brothers, Bettye LaVette, and others. Airs June 6 on PBS.
World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda. In the 1980s and 1990s, Alice Coltrane, widow of the great jazz saxophonist, established an ashram in California and made several cassette-only recordings of Hindu devotional music as interpreted through her compositional background in improvised jazz and the church music of her native Detroit. Mind-expanding. Out now on Luaka Bop.
Selena Gomez, “Bad Liar.” Yes, that’s the bass line from the Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” sampled on this fluttery, well-made and understated song, which has received a stamp of approval from both David Byrne and Heads bassist Tina Weymouth. Soon to be be featured in a thousand what-is-the-song-of-the-summer think pieces.
Straw Hats. Having one band is not enough, and Rob Grote and Braden Lawrence of Philly indie quartet the Districts wear different hats in this punk power trio, with frontman Grote switching to drums and drummer Lawrence playing guitar. Together with the Retinas, they kick off the weekly free summer concert series on Thursday at Spruce Street Harbor Park.