Tooth & Nail, Bragg’s most recent album, might not have the sonic edge that his earlier records sported, but the razor-sharp power of his songwriting stands up through each tune (all of which were recorded live, by the way). The journeyman's attitude and wistful observational wit that one might pick up on the docile "January Song" or the breezy "Your Name on My Tongue" can be traced quite simply back to, say, "Greetings to the New Brunette" or "Wishing the Days Away." His blend of political critique and love song may tilt toward the latter these days, but the humanity is still full-on Bragg. And a quick note: Bragg wrote an unsettling little tune called “The Times They Are A-Changin’ Back” in the wake of the presidential inauguration. We need his stuff more than ever. (Eric Sandy) $45 ADV, $50 DOS
The six-piece folk and bluegrass band, founded in a high school drama class by Detroit natives Matthew Milia and David Winston Jones, serves up a lo-fi dose of banjo, guitar, horns, keys and musical saw laced with Milia’s dense, poetic vocals. With a cheeky DIY streak, Frontier Ruckus is just as likely to cover Third Eye Blind as perform with John Oates; the video for their biggest hit, “Dark Autumn Hour,” is an ephemeral, improvised live performance shot “someplace in upstate Michigan” with a handheld camera and wind whistling through the microphones. Praised by Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine, the group has toured throughout Europe and the United States since 2009, including slots at Bonnaroo Music Festival and NPR’s Mountain Stage. After a two-year recording hiatus, they’ve been in the studio with former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer cooking up their new LP, Enter the Kingdom. It drops on Feb. 17, just in time for tonight's headlining show at the Beachland. (Lawrence Neil) $12
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The pop/rock juggernaut that is Maroon 5 launched some 20 years ago in Los Angeles. Formed out out of the ashes of alternative rock act Kara's Flowers, the band quickly topped the charts with "Harder to Breathe," a song that successfully straddled the rock/pop line. Lead singer Adam Levine's career now eclipses that of the band. A coach on NBC's reality talent show The Voice, he's become a celebrity-at-large and carries himself with the kind of pretentious that comes with the turf. Expect him to display his "moves like Jagger" at tonight's show, a date that had to be rescheduled after the birth of his baby girl. (Jeff Niesel) $30.50-$126
Bluesman Curtis Salgado, who released the vibrant The Beautiful Lowdown last year, started his career some 40 years ago. He grew up listening to Count Basie and Fats Waller. At some point, his older brother and sister introduced him to Wilson Pickett and Muddy Waters. Before long, he had taught himself to play harmonica. When he was in his early twenties, Salgado led his own band, the Nighthawks and then joined the Robert Cray Band. In the '80s, Salgado also played with the long-running blues outfit Roomful of Blues. During that era, the blues went mainstream and even MTV played videos from Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Fabulous Thunderbirds. Salgado has called his latest effort, The Beautiful Lowdown, his "most adventurous" album; lit lives up to the billing. The hard charging album opener “Hard to Feel the Same About Love” features spirited horns and soulful vocals. Salgado even gives reggae a go with “Simple Enough.” In the politically-charged “I’m Not Made That Way,” he addresses the hypocrisy of the world in which we live. Expect these tracks to make their way into tonight's setlist. (Niesel) $15 ADV, $18 DOS
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