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Wednesday music picks: Foreign Exchange, Sage Francis

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 24, 2014

Foreign Exchange at North Door. Everything about the Foreign Exchange’s refreshing 2004 debut “Connected” reached across barriers. The collaborative album paired African-American hip-hop singer Phonte Coleman of Raleigh, N.C., with the white electronica producer Nicolay Rook, who lived in the Netherlands. What might have been a fascinating one-off is now a 10-year association that has produced five albums and a 2009 Urban/Alternative Grammy nomination for the track “Daykeeper.” The duo’s latest record, last year’s “Love in Flying Colors,” is their most upbeat to date, reflective of a musical partnership that continues to explore engaging new avenues. $20-$25. 10 p.m. 502 Brushy St. ndvenue.com.

Also: Rhode Island rapper Sage Francis, whose new album “Copper Gone” is his first in four years, visits Waterloo Records for a 5 p.m. in-store and then plays the outdoor stage at the Mohawk with opener B. Dolan. … Hole in the Wall’s 10-day celebration of its 40th anniversary hits the home stretch with sets by Beaver Nelson, Ben Ballinger and the Founding Fathers with Black Joe Lewis & Walter Daniels. … Free radio-show gigs are all over the place: KGSR’s Blues on the Green at 8 p.m. at Zilker Park features Shinyribs and Tameca Jones, KDRP’s Texas Rado Live at Guero’s presents Uncle Lucius and Lew Cardfrom 6 to 8 p.m., and KOKE Free Concert Series at Nutty Brown offers Aaron Watson and Josh Ward at 6:30 p.m. … Girl in a Coma singer Nina Diaz plays the last of three Wednesdays at the Belmont with openerHunter Sharpe. … ABGB goes international with Kalweit & the Spokes, an intriguing alt-rock trio from Milan, Italy.