Best Bets

Best Bets

Music: in concert, CDs

April 17, 2003

Yo La Tengo / 9:30 and Recher

Yo La Tengo, Spanish for "I've got it!," is a sextet from Hoboken, N.J., whose mix of noisy rock and melodic pop has made the group a critical success. Although it has yet to break into the mainstream with its experimental music, Yo La Tengo has amassed a strong following nonetheless since its 1986 debut, Ride the Tiger.

The band performs at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. N.W.) in D.C. with Portastic on Saturday at 9 p.m. The group also plays the Recher Theatre (512 York Road, Towson) at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17.50 for each show.

Jaheim / Meyerhoff

Jaheim, a cat from New Jersey, boasts a smooth, breathy approach that recalls Luther Vandross but with a rougher edge a la Teddy Pendergrass. His latest CD, Still Ghetto, bests his platinum-selling debut, Ghetto Love, with smarter production and bolder vocals. Though his trite thug image may detract some from his lush vocal gift, he's a welcome breeze in the overheated world of R&B.

Jaheim performs at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral St.) Saturday night at 8. Tickets are $35-$55.

Wallflowers / Recher

In the mid-'90s, the Wallflowers helped to revive a back-to-basics, rootsy brand of rock that hadn't been heard since the '70s. With its Tom Petty-influenced sound, the band reached its commercial and artistic peak in 1997 with Bringing Down the Horse, which featured the smashes "6th Avenue Heartache," "One Headlight" (a Grammy winner) and "The Difference."

The group performs at Recher Theatre (512 York Road), in Towson tonight at 7. Tickets are $25.

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