The seemingly ageless crooner (he’s 62) and his crack band, Silvertone, rarely — if ever — have an off night on stage. The veteran band’s members are pros who crank out Isaak’s blend of rockabilly and pop as the frontman shifts between romantic lead and funny showman, belting out hits and covers in his bedazzled suits.
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Social concerns and political issues are part of the setlist as the feminist singer balances her classic folk-punk songs and her later protest music. Her friend Mulvey (whose latest album she produced) is a veteran songwriter whose “Take Down Your Flag” took on a life of its own with other artists adding their own verses in tribute to those slain in the Charleston church shooting.
Deep Purple/Judas Priest
Two of British metal’s founding fathers share the stage. Deep Purple is anchored by vocalist Ian Gillan and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018, while Judas Priest — which released its 18th album, “Firepower,” this year and is bolstered by co-founders/rhythm section Ian Paice and Roger Glover — turns 50 next year.
Combining the vocal trio harmonies of Wilson Phillips with the rhythmic stomp n’ clap direction of roots-influenced bands like the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, this Northwestern sister group gives sibling pop a contemporary spin that fits well between the aforementioned peers and vocal-heavy groups like Lucius.
This Richmond, Va. outfit channels Blondie and Kim Wilde on tracks that would sound as at home in an ’80s new wave horror film like “Chopping Mall” as it does in a seedy punk rock club. The trio doesn’t always draw from the same pool, though, shifting from Cramps-ish boogie to new wave to girl-group melodies, sometimes all within one song.
On the eve of the release of his new album, “Come Hell or High Water,” the gruff-voiced Asheville singer-songwriter returns to the Muse to celebrate. Holcombe’s grizzled delivery is tempered by the presence of fellow folkie Irish Dement, who joins Greg Brown and co-producers Marco Giovini and Jared Tyler on the album. Tyler, by the way, is also on the bill.
Thursday 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $30-$60. www.livenaiton.com.
With “Yes Indeed” (the Atlanta rapper’s collaboration with Drake) still sandwiched between Drake tracks at No. 1 and No. 11 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart after 16 weeks, the young emcee readies the follow-up to his full-length debut “Harder Than Ever” with another mix-tape set for later this month.
Zac Brown Band
Few acts can straddle mainstream and traditional and country and rock as well as Brown and his seven-piece band, which is nearing the end of the Down the Rabbit Hole Live Tour. The shows may close with a rock n’ roll bang each night, but Brown knows his Americana elders well and has Band of Joy guitarist Darrell Scott and newgrass/classical legend Mark O’Connor Band as openers.