Looks like a post-turkey weekend for hip-hop. Dorchester’s rising star Cousin Stizz (pictured), poised to make a strong bid for hardware at the Dec. 7 Boston Music Awards, rolls into House of Blues on Friday to stir the local troops with his saucy street-wise ruminations. Then the vaulted Brooklyn mogul Jay-Z — last seen around these parts pairing with wife Beyonce in Foxboro — flaunts his own seasoned flow at TD Garden on Saturday behind his somewhat vulnerable 13th studio album 4:44.
If you prefer rock ‘n’ roll and dream of an Oasis reunion, at least you can hear one half of that brothers’ duo sing those Brit-pop nuggets when Liam Gallagher leans into the mic at House of Blues, fronting a respectable-sounding band on Saturday behind his solo debut As You Were. The same night, one of the vocal architects of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, Darlene Love celebrates the holidays at the Cabot in Beverly. You can link to my recent interview with Love here.
With late-hour licensing and a few last finishing touches to go, City Winery finally opened its doors this week on the edge of the West End between TD Garden and Haymarket, and it’s an impressive space with high-end brick/industrial decor and high ceilings. Boston singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick will play the main performance room (which seats about 300 but feels more intimate close to the stage) on Saturday before she returns to open for Rufus Wainwright next Tuesday and Wednesday. And Kindred the Family Soul — the married R&B/soul duo of Faith Dantzler and Aja Graydon — graces City Winery on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, Boston psych-country singer Hayley Thompson-King — one of this scene’s most bracing voices (she’s opera-trained) – brings her pathos-edged songs to Atwood’s Tavern.