She was the most amazing singer/rapper alive when Fugees were at the top of their game. Her solo debut, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was among the greatest albums of the ’90s. Lauryn Hill was poised to rule the 2000s. Then she went a little cuckcoo, with an MTV Unplugged set that became a brilliant train wreck. And now she’s back, having rescheduled a missed Charlotte date from back in November. By all accounts, Hill's shows today are powerful blends of the electric and acoustic brilliance she’s long been known for. Take the risk.Here's a little Lauryn to get you in the mood: $47 - up
Let’s say Lauryn Hill doesn’t show up. Here’s a very different option just down the street. Don’t laugh. For every overblown schmaltzy moment in Mr. Diamond’s discography, there’s a “Cherry Cherry.” For every overwritten dramatic narrative, there’s a little Leonard Cohen song just dying to get out. Urge Overkill killed their take on Neil’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Now” in Pulp Fiction. Look: Your mama and grandmama loved him. Schmaltz? Yes. But brilliant schmaltz. $62 and up.