[R&B] + THU., SEPT. 21
It’s a good time to be a modern R&B artist who taps the traditional. Son Little, like his peers Leon Bridges and Benjamin Booker, makes smooth and soulful music that draws from the masters of the genre like Stevie Wonder. Little’s latest album, New Magic, has sweet and pining love songs which croon about being someone’s bread and butter, but also more haunting ones, like a tribute to gospel singer Washington Phillips. Little plays Club Café tonight along with the alt-pop of Doe Paoro.
Hannah Lynn 9 p.m. 58 S. 12th St., South Side. $18. 21 and older. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com
[HONKY TONK] + THU., SEPT. 21
Lucky Tubb shares more than a last name with his great-uncle and honky-tonk legend Ernest Tubb, leader of a band called the Texas Troubadours. Lucky also possesses a sound that is loaded with country-music tradition and even fronts a band called the Modern Day Troubadours. His sound is a homage to the honky-tonk music his uncle pioneered, while sounding fresh and modern. Lucky and the Troubadours hit the Hard Rock Café tonight with Pittsburgh’s own Slim Forsyth & the Parklane Drifters and Devil’s Holler.
Charlie Deitch 7:30 p.m. 230 Station Square Drive, South Side. $10-12. 412-481-7625 or www.hardrock.com