MC Chris at the Nanci RaygunIt's the return of the return of the return of the most helium-voiced rapper ever to sling words around a stage. MC Chris, whose singular squeak has made him a minor deity to fans of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" and "SeaLab 2021," comes back to Richmond for another dose of "Robo-Tussin" Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. with resident power trio Single Spies and pop duo The Gaskets. $12. 353-4263.
Merkley and Morgan at Poe's Pub
Chris Merkley and Steve Morgan pack a lot of music, and a lot of musical influences, into their duo. Rolling harmonica-driven blues call up the sounds of Blues Traveler, while the acoustics and well-tuned voices come straight from every fun, dusty music festival you've ever gladly lost a few afternoons attending. They play Poe's Thursday, June 1, at 9:30 p.m. $5. 648-2120.
The Music Seen at Canal Club
So PBS isn't normally the place where guitars are smashed, where fans pull down the walls in a frenzy maybe the PBS crowd is just more sophisticated. The limits of fame and filming are put to the test with the Annual Music Seen Festival, two days of roots, rock, pop and salsa music, June 2-3, immortalized by the Community Idea Station to someday live again on the public channels of Richmond and Charlottesville. Marching boldly into posterity June 2 is Chuck Disse, 6 Foot Loofah, The Caste, Pentup House and Southern-rock horsemen Palominos, followed June 3 by Chris Lucas, Buttercup, The Atkinsons, Kevin Davis and Ban Caribe, and Bio Ritmo. Both free shows start at 8 p.m. 643-2582.
Eric Benet at Fridays at Sunset
While being married to Halle Berry was arguably the high point in Eric Benet's career, her accusing him of being a sex addict was likely its low point. But for an R&B singer, neither one's a bad thing; they just make for more material. Barry White's vocal opposite, Benet brings his soul to Fridays at Sunset with SMV Friday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. $20. Call (800) 594-TIXX or visit www.fridaysatsunset.com.
Sound of Urchin at Alley KatzIf you have both Jack Black and Dean Ween talking about you, you must be pretty weird. Or rock out with metal-head intensity. Sound of Urchin straddles both, throwing in some tongue-in-cheek arena rock, carnival jams and abundant use of the guitar solo for its latest album, "The Diamond." Sound of Urchin plays Monday, June 5, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $8. 643-2816. S