Floetry at Toad's PlaceFloetry at Toad's Place
After three successful albums and five Grammy nominations, Marsha "The Songstress" Ambrosius and Natalie "the Floacist" Stewart aren't making music together on this tour. Stewart has signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, while Abrososius continues to build upon the group's achievements with the "Floetry Remixed Tour." In Stewart's place is rapper and MTV2 VJ Amanda Diva, which at least guarantees airplay for the next Floetry project. How much does the sound of a group change when half of its members are replaced? Find out Tuesday, July 31, at 9 p.m. at Toad's Place. $26-$40. J Records recording artist Emily King opens. 648-TOAD. Craig Belcher
Alley Katz engulfed by a Flaming TsunamiAh, musical mash-ups. It's par for the course that music styles copy one another. That's how a little fad called rock 'n' roll and its collective offspring came to be. So how do you describe a metal band that combines the trademark growling lyrics with a jazzy horn section? You call them The Flaming Tsunamis, and you can catch them at Alley Katz Saturday, July 28. Ever the champs at self-promotion, this indie group has sold more 10,000 records out of their van alone. The all-ages show starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7. 643-2816. Colby Rogers
Sara Evans at Innsbrook After HoursWhen Missouri native Sara Evans made her 1997 debut, critics considered her too country for country radio. But Evans has found her niche a little bit country, a little bit pop with awards and chart-topping singles to follow. There was even a stint, short-lived, on "Dancing With the Stars." Look for some newly learned pliés and cha-cha-chas when Evans performs Thursday, July 26, at the Snagajob.com Pavilion. Gates at 6 p.m. $16.50-$20. Call 423-6589 or visit www.innsbrookafterhours.com. Sarah Mogin
The No BS Brass Band debut CD release at The CamelThe No BS Brass Band infuses old rock and soul songs with the festive facets of the New Orleans vibe, turning tired tunes into funky celebrations. It's spread its sounds at local nightclubs and art galleries and marched on Broad Street in broad daylight. Now with the release of its CD "Where's Stefan?" you can hear one of the city's most wanted bands in the comfort of automobile or living room. Which is cool, but there's nothing like seeing an 11-piece band live onstage, blowing it. The show starts Friday, July 27, at 9 p.m. at The Camel. $5. 353-4901. C.B.
Farewell Nickel Creek, Hello Fiona Apple
Take a twangy trio of California folk rockers, mix with a doe-eyed, electro-alt-rock crooner, bake with a healthy dose of wistful lyrics and you've got the recipe for a slightly bittersweet confection. If it's a night of delectable music you're after, check out Nickel Creek with special guest Fiona Apple at Innsbrook After Hours. As part of their Farewell (for now) Tour, Nickel Creek is celebrating their upcoming artistic hiatus through a highly collaborative series of concerts with Fiona Apple. Catch them on Aug. 3 before they're gone (for the moment.) $20-$25. 749-6700 or www.innsbrookafterhours.com. - Colby Rogers