This week is full of sexy. Samoht is set to take his smooth voice to C&I Studios in Fort Lauderdale, where you can watch him bridge the gap between the lo-fi electronic R&B of today and the classic appeal of the '90s. Or if you want to take a trip back in time, head to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts to catch the Righteous Brothers as they bring back that lovin' feelin'.
West Palm Beach is the home of many great indie-rock bands that have been releasing music over the past several years. One of those bands defining the sound of the local music scene is American Sigh. The group released its first EP, Songs for the New Sincerity, in 2018 and has garnered props from Pure Honey — the local music blog that also sponsors events around South Florida. American Sigh has the classic indie sound that has defined an entire generation of hipsters, and tracks such as "Songs for the New Sincerity" offer a psychedelic vibe, with trippy distortion behind the lead singer's vocals giving way to straight indie rock. With Dust Fuss, Grima, and Algernon the Astronaut. 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, at Voltaire, 526 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-408-5603; sub-culture.org/voltaire. Tickets cost $5 and $10 at the door.
If you're looking for some comfy, soulful folk beach music this week, look no further than the hard-working, constantly performing South Florida artist Johan Danno. The singer-songwriter pours his soul into his music. You hear the purpose in his voice on songs such as "Alive" and "Fire Down Below." His most recent single, "Holding You Close," featuring Mona Lisa Tribe, has a lo-fi feel that has a live-performance appeal. It's a nasty folk track that instills the spirit of love and hope, something many of us are grasping for these days. With Wildchildz. 8 p.m. Friday, January 10, at C.W.S. Bar + Kitchen, 522 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-318-5637; cwslw.com. Admission is free.
There's a tsunami of new-wave R&B sweeping not only the country but also the world. The combination of lo-fi electronic surreal production and the intoxicating lyrics that range from energetic to lethargic are an all-new kind of R&B that speaks to the apocalypse toward which we seem steadily stumbling. Samoht’s most recent album, Exit, was released last June, and now he's delivering his eclectic R&B on the Force Tour. He offers songs such as "Myspace" that speak to the self-centered nature of social media and its effects on users. 8 p.m. Saturday, January 11, at C&I Studios, 541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-3934; drinknextdoor.com. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com.
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Jamaica, the epicenter of reggae and dancehall, has been teaching the world how to move for decades. Jada Kingdom is a descendant of the beautiful musical tradition of the island nation. She recently dropped the single "Heavy!" — an infectious tune that will have listeners shaking, twerking, and vibrating throughout this winter. Kingdom has released a slew of tracks that have been causing a ruckus in clubs across South Florida and the Caribbean. The music videos for the singles "Banana" and "Execution" have already received more than a million views. And like so many great Jamaican musicians, Kingdom is much more than her party joints. On "Execution," she sings about violence against children. The honesty in the song's lyrics are outstanding and give us a window into the depths of Jada Kingdom’s soul. With Marsha Royal. 10 p.m. Saturday, January 11, at Luxurious Banquet Hall Fort Lauderdale, 3500 NW 15th St., Lauderhill; 954-583-6263. Tickets cost $30 via eventbrite.com.
The Righteous Brothers
For a couple of white dudes with serious soul, look no further than the iconic Righteous Brothers. Their list of hit songs about love and love lost have stood the test of time as only the best music can. Tunes such as "Unchained Melody," with passionate lyrics and melodies, can still make listeners weep. But the Righteous Brothers' influence is strongest in "You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling," a hit that for many who didn’t grow up in the '60s became immortalized in the blockbuster '80s film Top Gun. The image of Tom Cruise lip-syncing with his pilot buddies is seared into every viewer's mind, but the Righteous Brothers' vocals make the biggest impression. 7 p.m. Sunday, January 12, at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs; 954-344-5990; thecentercs.com. Tickets cost $48.15 to $80.25 via thecentercs.com.