When: Wed., April 13, 8 p.m. 2011
Not unlike Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears reside in that wing of the neo-soul mansion that's defined by stomping funk, lots of soul shouting, and an overtly sexual vibe. In some ways, it's about as far from genteel Motown-flavored nostalgia as you can get. With its recently-released sophomore bow Scandalous, this Austin-based blues-funk outfit continues to ignore any notions of dabbling in a polite pop framework. Instead, this batch of songs is a gritty and sweaty exercise in stanky grooves bubbling over with enough chicken-scratch guitar riffs to evoke everything from James Brown's Fabulous Flames to Joe Tex fronting the MC5. It all reeks of the kind of juke-joint authenticity that will have you feeling like you're pulling an all-nighter at an after-hours club on Wednesday, April 13 at The Independent (628 Divisadero, San Francisco) 8 p.m. $16-$18. TheIndependentSF.com.
Dave Gil de Rubio
Price: $16, $18