Although Clarence Greenwood had been writing and performing his music as a solo artist since the early ’90s, it wasn’t until 2002 that Greenwood released his major label debut under the pseudonym Citizen Cope that his career began to cross over.
The album featured some of Greenwood’s more recognizable songs, such as “Salvation” and “Let the Drummer Kick,” but after what Greenwood labeled a “mishandling” of the record, he opted to buy out his contract and sign with rival label Arista Records.
In 2004, Arista released “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings,” which featured the hit “Bullet and a Target” and subsequently launched Greenwood into international stardom.
Ironically enough, Greenwood’s vocals teem with insightful storytelling that reflects the realities of life and the mysteries about it that we often stagger between trying to understand and running away from.
His skills as a former DJ give Greenwood’s recordings a pale atmosphere of hip-hop and lift the mood of his music to a soulful, bluesy, drum-and-bass-induced intoxication that is both painful and inspirational all at once.
Citizen Cope is touring behind the 2012 album “One Lovely Day.”
Citizen Cope will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St.
Tickets are $25 and are available at the Music Farm box office, online at etix.com or, while available, at the door the night of the show. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Call 577-6969 or go to musicfarm.com for more information.
If it is possible to weld the roaring elegance of Etta James to the madman chaos of Iggy Pop and make the end result entirely one sound on its own, then Philadelphia’s Man Man is that ingenious welder.
Man Man sounds like one big, harmonious car crash, only the cars are filled with jazz musicians, Mariachi buskers, art-rockers and soul singers.
The band entered its ninth year on the heels of its 2011 release “Life Fantastic,” an album that reached No. 157 on the Billboard charts, making it the highest ranking for the band so far.
Man Man will perform Sunday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Murder by Death.
Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.