TUESDAY, NOV. 08
MOLOTOV Mexican group Molotov has been Rock en Espanol's flagship rap-metal act for a decade now. Its '97 debut full-length earned a Latin Grammy nomination, and was followed up by a high-profile sophomore effort produced by Beastie Boys chum Mario Caldato, Jr. (Masquerade, Ybor City)
JOHN LEGEND Musical prodigy and Kanye West understudy Legend just released his first proper solo album this year. But he's written for West, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and others, as well as playing clubs and sessions (most notably for Lauryn Hill). Expect to be wowed by some first-rate neo-soul and stylish urban music that gets everything right. Highly recommended. (Tampa Theatre, Tampa)
THE CLUMSY LOVERS This Vancouver five-piece throws everything from bluegrass and traditional Irish melodies to classic pop and rockabilly into its energetic, humorous show. The group has long been a favorite at roots, jam, and roots-jam festivals across North America, but its engaging style is accessible to pretty much anybody who appreciates good songwriting, better musicianship and a folksy, unpretentious approach. (Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa)
Quiz answer: John Hiatt. Raised in Indianapolis, he's the one not considered part of the Texas Troubadour movement.