Frontwoman Miss Tess has brought her band – Miss Tess & The Talkbacks – into a new era. With the recent single “One Match Fire,” the Nashville-based band has edged into roots rock and Americana. Citing influences like Chuck Berry and Bonnie Raitt, Miss Tess’ musical range is impressive, easily jumping from blues to ’30s-inspired swing to buzzing jazz. Nashville-via-Britmingham rockers Banditos opens the show at the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The Plums – the hard-workin’ hard-playin’ hard rockers of York – are back at it again this summer. They’re a five-part band heavy reminiscent of The Band plus Iggy Pop on opium. With vocal harmonies used to great effect and a sound made for modern rock and roll, they take their Beastie Boys-given right to party as seriously as they take their tunes. They play a free show at the Winner’s Circle in Hanover at 9 p.m. (They also play at Tellus360 in Lancaster on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.)
Jason Ricci is considered one of the best blues harmonica players in the business. He’s worked with everyone from Cedric Burnside to Joe Louis Walker and won a Grammy in 2014 for his contribution on Johnny Winter’s album Step Back. Ricci returns with his band, The Bad Kind, to Harrisburg to play the River City Blues Club & Dart Room at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door.
If you’ve never seen The Flaming Lips live in concert, you’re missing a perfect opportunity to have your mind blown. You never know what to expect from Wayne Coyne and company who hail from Oklahoma City. There may be giant 30-foot-high pink balloon robots. There may be tons of confetti. There may be a giant gerbil ball Coyne climbs in to surf across the crowd. The Lips take the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza in Bethlehem as part of Musikfest at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range between $39-$169.