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Classical Savion
7:30 p.m. Thu., Jan 25
Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium, 522-0996;

If Savion Glover isn't yet a household name, it's hard to imagine what else he would have to do to make his one. Rising to prominence via tap dancing isn't the easiest route to celebrity, but Glover has had such remarkable talent from an early age that you've probably been exposed to his work, even if you aren't aware of it. He provided the tapping magic in the recent animated film Happy Feet about penguins. He was a cast member on Sesame Street . He starred on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid at the age of 10 and later in the musical Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk . His screen credits include Tap with Gregory Hines and Spike Lee's Bamboozled . Now he is on tour with his own show, Classical Savion . In the show, he matches his inspirations to the compositions of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bartok. There is also jazz, and Glover has taken cues from the sounds of John Coltrane. He is backed by a string ensemble and jazz combo. Tickets $30-$55. — Will Coviello



Agent Orange
10 p.m. Sat., Jan. 27
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 723-3113

Agent Orange made its name in the Southern California of the '80s as part of the fast and loud Orange County soundtrack for teenage boys skinning their knees and elbows on skateboards and in mosh pits. The power trio combined high-speed hardcore punk with the futuristic sound of surf guitar to create a unique kind of noise in the middle of a glut of bands. Even though it's 20 years older, the sound is still hormonally charged and unmistakably teenage. Skate guru Tony Hawk plays Agent Orange frequently on his satellite radio show, and the band recently appeared on an episode of Jesse James' Monster Garage on the Discovery Channel. The group currently consists of only two out of three original members — Mike Palm and Scott Miller — and was joined last year by hardcore veteran bassist Bruce Taylor. The Pallbearers and Face First open. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock


Lindsey Buckingham
8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 29
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Graying lion Lindsey Buckingham is a strange musical figure. Even after many years as the frontman and artistic architect behind the baby-boomer stars Fleetwood Mac, he still seems oddly low-profile as an artist. In 2003, he put out the fresh-sounding and well-received Say You Will with Fleetwood Mac and has also been quietly pursuing a solo career in the singer-songwriter vein — writing tracks that showcase his whispery, intense vocals, countrified guitar and romantic, poppy songwriting — with three respectably selling albums under his belt. His voice and his skills have aged well, with plenty of the original sunny fire and lyrical skills, but mellowed, mature and intimate. This month sees the release of his live EP, the Rhapsody Originals Session . Tickets $45. — Fensterstock


The Radiators 29th Anniversary
10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 26-27
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

The bar band to beat all bar bands is inching toward a very big birthday. The Rads' late twenties — as they often do — brought a certain amount of change and growth to the internationally beloved good-time party band, as was evident on 2006's release, Dreaming Out Loud , the first on the band's own label, Radz Records. Born in the late '70s, during the same exciting and transitional period in New Orleans music that birthed the contemporary funk of the Meters, the Radiators have consistently sounded just like New Orleans to tens of thousands of dedicated Fish Heads around the globe. Their sound is a rhythmic, easy-rocking blend that takes a little bit from everything New Orleans has to offer — blues, rock 'n' roll, soul, Crescent City R&B and even a little zydeco and gospel. The band is a living, audible time capsule of New Orleans music history which, amazingly, is still going strong and growing as a vital creative group. Bonerama opens on Friday night. Guy Forsyth opens on Saturday. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock

  • Frank Ockenfels

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