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Mark Cohn

This Cleveland-born crooner knew he was meant for music at a young age, when his brother’s band blasted artists like Ray Charles and The Beatles from their basement. Cohn’s latest album, Listening Booth: 1970, reimagines the songs of such influential artists as Cat Stevens and John Lennon. In 2005, Cohn was shot in the head during a carjacking. He not only survived, but was released from the hospital the next day. He certainly isn’t “The Only Living Boy in New York,” but he’s playing live “No Matter What” at 8 p.m. Jan. 14. $45 general admission, $52 reserved.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective

A chance meeting in 1991 brought together AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle — and for the past decade, the pair have been performing their tribute to the venerable duo, Simon & Garfunkel. With a simple recipe of two voices and an acoustic guitar, Swearingen and Beedle revive not just the noted lullabies of this influential twosome, but also some of their lesser-known counterparts and enigmatic masterpieces. 8 p.m. Jan. 19. $22.50.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Underøath

This Christian metalcore band out of Tampa, Fla., has certainly seen “the changing of times.” The sextet no longer has any of its original members, and embodies a sound that has evolved right alongside the musicians. And while Underøath has a religious foundation, according to vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, “it’s not so much the backbone of our lyrics … it’s just normal life struggles.” 6 p.m. Jan. 19. $35.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

 

Emeli Sandé

Born to a Zambian father and English mother and brought up in Scotland, this singer-songwriter put her education first, knowing that if she failed musically, she would have a career in medicine to fall back on. It’s looking as though she may not need that backup plan, after all. Sandé was featured by rapper Chipmunk in his 2009 hit, “Diamond Rings,” garnering a publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Virgin. The 25-year-old is showing us her “version of events” at 8 p.m. Jan. 21. $17.

The Pike Room, 1 South Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

 

Ed Sheeran

This English singer-songwriter-producer has been recording since 2005, breaking through commercially in 2011 with his single, “The A Team.” A philanthropist to boot, Sheeran is involved with a charity dedicated to helping prostitutes. “There’s a lot more popular charities that get a lot of attention. And with certain subjects like this, they’re often washed over,” the 21-year-old says. After collaborating with Taylor Swift on her 2012 album Red, Sheeran will appear on her “Red Tour” this year. 7 p.m. Jan. 24. $28-$35.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

 

Fun.

After he and his first band, The Format, parted ways in 2008, lead singer Nate Ruess formed Fun with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. In late winter of 2012, the band made the pop charts sizzle with the hit single, “We Are Young,” which quickly grabbed Billboard’s No. 1 spot. The group has also taken a stance against homophobia by developing “The Ally Coalition” to “raise awareness and funds to aid in the fight to LGBTQ equality.” 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Sold out.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

 

Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan

Founded by Don Gaspar Vargas in 1897 in a small Mexican city, Mariachi Vargas is still going strong five generations later. This prolific group is one of the most highly regarded in the mariachi world, having recorded more than 100 albums. Come see if the self-proclaimed “Mejor Mariachi del Mundo” lives up to its name. Mariachi Vargas is performing at 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. Tickets start at $10.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0583.

 

Soundgarden

Planting its Seattle roots in 1984, Soundgarden came of age alongside other grunge bands — Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, to name a few — and helped bring alternative rock to the mainstream in the ’90s. After separating for several years to work on other projects, including frontman Chris Cornell’s Audioslave, the group reunited in 2010 and released its latest album in November. If you think Soundgarden’s “Been Away Too Long,” come see Cornell & Co. at 7 p.m. Jan. 27. $74+.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

 

Keane

This British rock band isn’t just another face in the crowd of alternative groups. Setting themselves apart through the use of piano rather than guitar as the lead instrument, this quartet of multi-faceted musicians has been topping the charts since 2004. Landing two spots on the list of the top 20 British albums of all time, Keane has sold more than 10 million albums. For those who are keen on Keane, take a listen live at 8 p.m. Jan. 27. $29.50+.

Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

 

Ellie Goulding

The English singer/songwriter and music producer is quite “The Writer” and is “Starry Eyed” over her new album, Halcyon. From her 2010 debut studio album, Lights, her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” went to No. 2 in the U.K., and subsequently garnered her a performance of the tune at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Check out this songbird at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. $29.50+.

Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

 

Bobby Brown

The original bad boy and former frontman of New Edition, Mr. Whitney Houston returns with his fifth studio album, The Masterpiece. Having faced several accusations and issues over the years, including substance abuse and mental illness, Brown is attempting to stay on top after a tumultuous personal life and career. 8 p.m. Jan. 31. $33+.

Sound Board at Motor City, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-309-4614.
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