CHRIS ISAAK HOLIDAY SHOW, KINGSBURY HALL, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., $42-$58
For many casual music fans, Chris Isaak might be considered a "one-hit wonder" thanks to the monster pop-chart success of his ballad "Wicked Game," and the relative lack of chart success for his other songs. But that label sells Isaak WAY short. He and his band have been perfecting a winning blend of retro-rock and comical between-song banter for a couple decades now. In concert, the strength of Isaak's catalog truly shines on songs like "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing," "Two Hearts" and "Blue Spanish Sky," or his completely worthy covers of classics like "Cryin'." His most recent project was a tribute to Sun Records, and I can't think of an artist who could tap into Sun's sound any better than Isaak and Co. Here's hoping we get a lot of those songs at this show, along with the Christmastime covers and originals Isaak has recorded through the years. Kat Edmonson opens the show.