Todd Rundgren offers series of delightful surprises at VooDoo Lounge

As he's done throughout his extensive career, Todd Rundgren defied expectations Thursday at the VooDoo Lounge. An audience of about 750 was tipped off to the unorthodox inclinations of Rundgren and his three-piece backing band when the concert opened with an instrumental version of the vintage Bollywood rock song "Jaan Pehechaan Ho." The peculiar tone was sustained throughout the hour-and-45-minute performance.

Middle of the Map Fest is a musical vortex for talent

After three successful years, Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest has become a staple and a highlight of the city’s music landscape. Starting Thursday, for the fourth April in a row, scores of bands and recording artists from other states and other countries will perform in Westport venues. Some of them are national performers, such as headliners Of Montreal, Gary Numan, Kate Nash and Del the Funky Homosapien.

Alejandro Escovedo takes a big crowd on a whirlwind journey

Few performers take a crowd on the diverse musical and lyrical journey Alejandro Escovedo does. Friday night, before a nearly full house at Knuckleheads, he led his band, the Sensitive Boys, through an 85-minute set that showcased his roots in a variety of styles, from punk, blues and country to rock and folk, delivering each with authority and passion.