Vieux Farka Toure. The Malian guitar scion builds on the desert blues foundation of his father, Ali Farka Toure, by leaning into reggae and funk on his new album, Samba, recorded in front of a studio audience in Saugerties, N.Y. Monday at World Cafe Live.
Desu & Mero. The highly entertaining late-night Viceland show starring Bodega Boys podcasters Desus Nice and the Kid Mero skewers political and pop-culture current events, such as Sharon Stone's spoken-word rap tribute to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, through an insightful and absurd hip-hop lens. 11 p.m. 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday on Viceland.com.
Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part 4” and “HUMBLE.” Two lead tracks from the new Kendrick Lamar album that -- if his warning that other rappers “got till April 7 to get y’all s- together” means what fans hope it does -- might have already hit the streets by the time you read this. “Heart” is the more impressive song; “HUMBLE.” has a show-stopping video. Lamar closes out the Coachella Festival April 16 and 23, streaming at youtube.com/coachella.
Jain. French singer-songwriter born Jeanne Galice grew up in Dubai and the Congo, and her rhythmically adept debut album, Zanaka, reflects those worldly experiences. Monday at the Foundry.
Sallie Ford / Molly Burch. Portland, Ore., songwriter Ford used to front a stomping roots band called the Sound Outside, but her songs take a more inward look on her new Soul Sick. Austin, Texas, songwriter Burch sings lean, heartsick tunes that reshape classic country and torch songs. Thursday at Johnny Brenda’s.