British pomp-popsters Wolf Gang employ a sweeping, symphonic approach to songwriting, blending a little of the bluster of bands like The Killers with the restrained grace of fellow countrymen Coldplay.
The band's new EP, Black River, is its first release of new material since its 2012 debut Suego Faults. A full-length record is due out later this year.
Whether you caught their gig earlier this week, opening for Bastille, and thought you'd like to check them out again, or if you missed it and were sad, Wolf Gang is back for a headline gig at The Basement Saturday, May 31.
Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
There will ever be a market for handsome lads who can sing, and international quartet Il Divo fits both bills.
Last year, Urs Buhler of Switzerland, Carlos Marin of Spain, Sebastien Izambard of France and the United States' David Miller released A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live, a record that marked the group's 10th anniversary.
Il Divo's North American tour brings the group to Columbus Saturday, May 31, for a show at the Palace Theatre. The fellows will be joined by Broadway star Lea Salonga.
Tickets start at $52.50. Visit ildivo.com/us/events.
Roots music troubadour Seth Walker has followed his muse from his North Carolina birthplace to Austin, where he became a staple of that city's blues scene; to Nashville, absorbing some of the country-politan tradition of Music City; to his current home in New Orleans, the Crescent City's jazz and gospel taking hold of Walker's already broad cultural palette.
Walker's new record, Sky Still Blue, is due out in early June. He offers a preview at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza Saturday, May 31.
Tickets are $10. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
BONUS: Jazz also colors the urban folk of singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, who plays Natalie's Sunday, June 1. The daughter of the legendary Harry Chapin, she is touring in support of her latest, Reckoning. Tickets are $10.
One of rock's leading-light guitarists for nearly five decades, Carlos Santana is a virtuoso talent and a vanguard fusion artist -- there aren't many "best-of" lists on which he doesn't appear.
Santana plays a special set at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, June 4, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of PromoWest Productions.
Tickets are $58/$60. Visit promowestlive.com.
Israeli garage rocker Yonatan Gat is a talented fusion guitarist in his own right.
A member of indie trio Monotonix (whose raucous shows earned them a permanent ban from performing in Tel Aviv), Gat's solo work retains much of that band's crashing, careening MO while pulling in influences from African desert blues and beyond. The Beat kept hearing The Strokes-meets-Tinariwen-meets Terry Kath.
With opener Psychic Wells, Gat plays Double Happiness Thursday, June 5. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit doublehappinessohio.com.