The latest Fab Five includes Lukas Nelson, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and more

Foster the People with The Kooks Friday, June 1, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, is sold out. You needed to be faster than a bullet to get tickets for this show. Faster than a bullet also happens to be the pace or FtP's ascendancy to the top of the alt-pop universe.
The good news for those without tickets is that there are at least two like-minded options in the coming days.
New Jersey-based indie-pop duo The Front Bottoms is lighter and more tuneful, and offers up a Motion City Soundtrack-esque wink in their lyrics. Goofy and twisted, but gleeful and catchy, The Front Bottoms are touring in support of their self-titled debut record.
The tour stops at the Rumba Cafe Tuesday, June 5. The Big Sweet opens.
Tickets are $10. Visit
For a more serious and more twisted take, dig Battles at Outland Live, also on Tuesday, June 5.
The group's sophomore effort, Gloss Drop, boasts elements of hardcore, minimalism and techno, frequently rendered with a disdain for tonality.
Tickets are $13/$15. Visit

Lukas Nelson has genetics on his side – being the son of legendary songwriter and singer Willie Nelson.
Tuneage-wise, his work with his band, Promise of the Real, comes across as a mix of Tom Petty and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not too shabby, either.
The band's debut CD, Promise of the Real, was well-received but has been topped by its follow-up, Wasted, released earlier this spring.
The band is a tight, two-percussion-backing-bass-and-guitar outfit, and shines on tunes like the title track and The Joint.
Live, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real has been known to pepper in the occasional cover tune, from Willie to Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix.
Nelson and Promise of the Real will play the Woodlands Tavern Tuesday, June 5. Tickets are $17. Visit

If it's possible to be both underground and a star, rapper Tech N9ne fits the bill.
Concussive beats and a deftness and dexterity of delivery mark N9ne's material, if not a way with words.
He headlines the "Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour," which stops at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, June 6.
He is joined by Krizz Kaliko, Machine Gun Kelly, Mayday and more.
Tickets are $22/$25. Visit

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 Wednesday, June 6, at The Basement. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit

Fresh-faced and earnest, Rachel Platten is a pop singer par excellence.
Her zesty-yet-winsome presence imbues her pop anthems with an infectious vivacity. She's also cute and witty and boasts a gift for gab from the stage.
Platten plays The Basement Thursday, June 7, touring in support of her debut CD Be Here, which boasts the single 1000 Ships. Madi Diaz opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowest