Johnny Lang, Album Leaf, Jujuba -- ASD's Live Music Picks, June 30

Johnny Lang, 9 at the Fillmore. $35.
“Despite his obvious talent, it was very easy to pass Jonny Lang off as a kid-star talent when he first appeared on the scene a decade or so ago. Coming right around the same time as the Spice Girls and Hanson, and right before the big teen boom of Backstreet Boys and the rest, Lang, despite being a prodigy, got kinda left in the shuffle. Sure, he had some serious guitar chops—a fact confirmed when icons like B.B. King and Buddy Guy sought him out to work with, but who knew that his music would get better with time, or that he’d prove himself not only as a talented guitarist, but as a solid songwriter and vocalist?” --PopMatters

Album Leaf, 9 at Slim’s. $15.
“"The Album Leaf is my little solo endeavour, my little toy," says Jimmy LaValle of his one-man band. "It's something that keeps you happy when you're alone and frustrated." LaValle might sound like a character plucked straight from the sticky pages of Naked Lunch, but it is in fact the name of the reclusive songwriter and machinist sat in the control seat of one of electro-minimalism's most fervent forces.” --PlayLouder

Jujuba, 9:30 at Café Du Nord. $20.
“Jujuba delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the eleven-piece revolves around its energetic cohesion between percussion, rhythm and horn sections. Renowned for their ability to engage a wide variety of audiences, the band has no problem drawing a dance floor full of smiling faces at any event.”

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