Lately, Ben Taylorthe genetically blessed offspring of James Taylor and Carly Simonhas taken to calling his music kung folk. But any sober mind consulting the What is Kung Folk? section on his website will only come away confused by the weird stew of poetic imagery. So let us clarify by highlighting the final two adjectives in his description: peaceful and sexy. Taylors new solo albumThe Legend of Kung Folk, Pt. 1: The Killing Biteshares a little in common with Jack Johnson, MeShell Ndegeocello and Jamiroquai (an odd-sounding combo to be sure, but it works). Theres sun-dazed folk crooning (Its Only Love), slinking hip-hop-soul (Dangerous Girl) and spacey synth-bass syncopation (Wilderness). Also, Taylors apparently accomplished at martial arts. Hence the kung.
Sun., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 2008