Neo-soul vintage R&B band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound is a blast – that sounds like a blast from the past.

1. Neo-soul vintage R&B band JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound is a blast – that sounds like a blast from the past.

A JCB show is a party from the word go, laid on a foundation of cool bass grooves and punctuated by traditional horn licks and with the namesake frontman as your host. The band started by taking its Chicago hometown by storm and has since garnered a host of critical acclaim and found famous folks among its fans.

Check 'em out Friday, Dec. 2, at The Basement. Vitek opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit www. promowestlive.com.

2. Oakland, Calif., stoner rockers Saviours relish creating the sound of fear, doom and decay on the march.

Excessively heavy, loud and dramatic, with elements of doom, thrash and progressive metal, a Saviours show is at once a release and an encumbrance. The quartet's new CD, Death's Procession, bears witness to this inasmuch as it can.

With opener Ramming Speed, Saviours plays Ace of Cups Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $8/$10. Visit www.tix.artistarena.com/starwood.

3. Formed 15 years ago at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Miró String Quartet has since been a gold standard among chamber musicians.

The high-profile ensemble boasts a remarkable intensity and vivaciousness and a continually fresh approach to the presentation of repertoire.

CityMusic welcomes the Miró String Quartet to Via Vecchia Winery Sunday, Dec. 4. The program includes music by Haydn, Glass and Brahms.

Tickets are $25/$20/$10. Visit www.CitryMusicColumbus.org.

4. Groove-funk crazies Family Force 5 challenge perceptions of the kind of music being made by clean-looking Christian kids.

Of course, this kind of danceable crunk rock has broad appeal, and Atlanta-based FF5 is most-often subtle in its spirituality.

With openers Hawk Nelson and Manafest, Family Force 5 will play at the Newport Music Hall Thursday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $16/18. Visit www.promowestlive.com.