The New Mastersounds @ The Pour House, Fri. Nov. 14

w/ Gaslight Street | $12, $10 (adv.)

[image-1] The New Mastersounds aren’t exactly what you’d expect out of Leeds. The English quartet sounds more like Galactic or the Meters than a band of British dudes. Fortunately, they do the funk/soul/jazz thing right proper. Comprised of drums, bass, guitar, and keys, the group knows how to find a pocket and dig deep into it. Their jams are impeccable — every beat in the right place — yet the overall sound is undeniably loose and irresistibly danceable. Throw NMS into the 9th Ward, and they’ll hold their own with the brothers. Or drop ‘em in the Pour House and watch the bodies shake. If this paragraph is your first introduction to them, grab some earphones, tune into “Hole in the Bag” on their Myspace, and prepare for whiplash. —Stratton Lawrence FRIDAY

Norma Jean @ The Music Farm, Fri. Nov. 14

[image-2]w/ Haste the Day, The Showdown, My Children My Bride, Oh Sleeper! | $17, $15 (adv.)

“We don’t like to set any norms for Norma Jean,” guitarist Scottie Henry says of the Atlanta modern-metal/hardcore band’s recent studio efforts. The band — Henry, lead singer Corey Brendon, bassist Jake Schultz, guitarist Chris Day, and drummer Chris Raines — headlines the Friday night showcase at the Music Farm in support of their new album The Anti-Mother (Solid State). “People call us metal-core or post-hardcore, but we just write what comes,” says Henry. “Being open to trying new things, and having Cory actually singing, has sent this record in a different direction. We aren’t trapped in any kind of sound or scene.” —TBL FRIDAY