Hear Here (Weekend Edition): Jesse Rose at Rise, Tiny Animals at Great Scott, Elizabeth Cook at Johnny D's
FRIDAY: Jesse Rose at Rise
L.A.-via-Berlin producer Jesse Rose could have had his moment in 2008, when he accidentally coined the term "fidget house," but this prolific producer has been having moments all over the place since his 2009 breakthrough "What Do You Do If You Don't" dropped.
With his sinuous beats strung together with staples of vocal samples and clipped brass sections, Rose's take on house is wry, rhythmic and has a way of summoning feet to the floor. Right now he's preparing a new solo album and soaking in the love that his debut Black Rose EP with Henrik Schwatz is getting in blogland (hear "Anthem" above). Tonight, he'll make an appearance at Boston's beloved after-hours haunt, Rise. It's private, but you can get with the guest list here.
- MICHAEL BRODEUR
SATURDAY: Tiny Animals at Great Scott
Tiny Animals, "Useless" (North Street Records)
Just what you need after a few rainy days and the first sun streaks of spring: sweet, sassy rock from this New York trio which appears neither small nor beastly. Tiny Animals cavort in the same power pop playpen as folks like Fountains of Wayne and shares some antic DNA with Blink 182 and their latest album "Our Own Time" is chock full of candied goodness. They play Great Scott tomorrow night. Everybody into the pool!
- SARAH RODMAN
SUNDAY: Elizabeth Cook at Johnny D's
Elizabeth Cook, "All the Time" (Thirty One Tigers)
Elizabeth Cook might just be the perfect hybrid of female country artists past and present. The proof is in this video for "All the Time," a spirited love-me-or-leave-me song from last year's "Welder." Cook's voice carries a bit of Dolly Parton's sweetness; the lyrics conjure Loretta Lynn's sass ("I don't like suspicion layin' in my bed/ Do you wanna wander/ Or do you wanna wed?"); and, if we're being frivolous, she's just as easy on the eyes as contemporary stars Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. See and hear for yourself when Cook comes to Johnny D's on Sunday night.
- JAMES REED
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
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Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
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