Dave and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
Rock ’n’ Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave.
As teenagers in California, the Alvin brothers learned about the blues firsthand from the legends. As guitarist and singer respectively for The Blasters, they made a blistering version of R&B for the early ’80s L.A. punk rock scene that also included X and The Germs.
The two also fought like brothers and have rarely played together since Dave left the band in 1986, but they’ve come together for “Common Ground,” an album that honors their shared love of bluesman Big Bill Broonzy.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St.
For years, Jolie Holland has made lovely, mannered folk and American roots music. Her recent “The Wine Dark Sea” is looser, more deliberately raw, and more engaging for it.
The blues are the reference point, and to play them she gets extreme in her fuzzed, raunchy guitar playing and her singing, yowling out syllables unpredictably.
Fans may wonder where the pretty went, but the trade-off is exciting.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St.
Philadelphia-based indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah became a buzz band in 2005 based on their self-titled debut album. Since then, the band has increasingly reflected the tastes of singer and songwriter Alec Ounsworth, who cut a solo album in New Orleans in 2009 with George Porter Jr. and Stanton Moore.
Only Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhalgh remain in the band on its fourth album, “Only Run,” which finds the band increasingly electronic with Ounsworth’s excitable tenor adding tension and energy.