"Betty Davis, The Columbia Sessions, 1968-69."
These rediscovered tracks by the ahead-of-her-time 1970s funk feminist/auteur behind the altogether awesome "Anti Love Song" were produced by Teo Macero and Davis' trumpet-player husband, Miles, who was trying out some jazz-rock ideas in advance of recording his own
Leon Bridges. The Fort Worth, Texas, retro R&B stylist isn't the most dynamic of the current wave of retro-soul singers, but he's an engaging entertainer whose debut album, Coming Home, is full of rock-solid songs that should keep a massive Welcome America! crowd engaged while waiting to watch explosions in the sky. Monday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Henry Horenstein, "Histories: Tales From the '70s." Deeply empathetic black-and-white portraits of stock-car drivers, jockeys, and country music stars, including Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton, in this coffee-table book from Boston photographer Horenstein, whose "Honky Tonk" show was at Gallery 339 in Philadelphia in 2013. $60, Horenstein.com.
Girlpool. The L.A.-born, Philadelphia-based, flinty-eyed duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, still doing dates behind last year's tender and tough Before the World Was Big. Wednesday at PhilaMOCA.