HI TO SANTIGOLD
Former Philly girl Santigold is on the scene with a new record: "Master of My Make-Believe." Fans of her debut, "Santogold," won't be disappointed with the beats or the lyrics. Welcome Santigold back home to Philly when she plays the Trocadero on May 8.
LAND OF THE FREEBO
Look up "reinvention" in the dictionary and you might find Freebo. For years, he was Bonnie Raitt's one-man "band" on bass and tuba. Today, Freebo's a sweet-voiced and equally well-tempered singer/songwriter/guitarist. His new album, "Something to Believe," hasn't gotten the attention Raitt's latest has, but we like his just as much. See this former Philadelphian on Thursday at a Lansdowne house concert sponsored by and also featuring harmonicat Bob Beach (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-626-0012). Friday, he opens for Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen at Sellersville Theater. Next Sunday, he'll do Gene Shay's evening show on WXPN (88.5 FM).
KICK TO THE SHINS
The indie pop scene got a big push into the spotlight thanks to the Shins and their otherworldly swirl of sonic pleasure "Wincing the Night Away." But while other bands prospered, the Shins virtually disappeared for five years. Now frontman James Mercer has put 'em back together to explore themes of domestic life (his lost years?) on the fine new album "Port of Morrow" and to visit exotic ports of call like Upper Darby. Real Estate sails in first. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow, 8 p.m. Thursday, $27.50-$45, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
Director James Cameron ("Titanic," "Avatar," "Aliens") made a record-breaking one-man dive last month to the deepest point in the ocean, the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, and it's already been crafted into a half-hour special for (what else?) the National Geographic Channel. It debuted Sunday but repeats at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. See what life is like 6.8 miles below the surface of the earth.