Live Tonight: Crooks on Tape and Kutt Calhoun

Convene. Improvise. Record every moment. Those three goals brought Crooks on Tape together in 2010. After capturing hundreds of hours of material over two years, the psych-pop band released its debut album, Fingerprint, in October. Pieced together from those improvised sessions, Fingerprint is surprisingly cohesive given its spontaneous origins. Spurts of various instruments, including brass, keys, and synthesizer, create a spacey landscape for vocals that bounce between sounding natural and mechanically affected, and drummer Joey Galvan’s percussion adds stability to guitar and bass riffs that can sometimes seem on the edge of derailing. This, though, is all intentional—the Los Angeles–based trio is only three years old, but its members are already industry pros: John Schmersal and Rick Lee were members of indie-rock group Enon, and Galvan is a former member of alt-country band Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $10. All ages. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY


Kansas City, Mo.’s Kutt Calhoun is among the artists being groomed by Tech N9ne via his Strange Music label. His flow can turn on a dime, and the production on his most recent album, Black Gold, gives him plenty of space to maneuver. All this adds up to radio-friendly songs that don’t sacrifice technique. With Saint Warhead, Ripynt & Carl Roe, MC Sav, Cliff Tha Sav, Chris Kemp, and Filthy McNast; hosted by Neema. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS/$30 meet and greet. MICHAEL F. BERRY

 
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