Cartel

Two notable shows on what promises to be a slightly chilly August evening:

Cartel will bring their Hot Topic power-pop to The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., with support from Action Item and locals Mina Murray. 7 p.m. doors, $15 cover.

Meanwhile, roots-rock prince Justin Townes Earle will play a sold-out Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., alongside Shovels and Rope. (Check out our preview!) If you want to try to squeeze in, doors open at 9 p.m.