Live Tonight: Asleep at the Wheel, the Pink Slips

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson has taken his Western swing band on a pretty long journey. Founding the ensemble in West Virginia, the group relocated to California and eventually Texas, incorporating much of those states’ storied music histories into its albums. A few years back it issued Remember the Alamo, draping juked-up honky tonk over Gen. Santa Anna’s battle. Even Willie Nelson’s a big enough fan to collaborate with the band, a partnership that resulted in 2009’s Willie and the Wheel. And on its latest, Havin’ a Party: Live, the Wheel churns through jazz standards, as well as some rockabilly in celebration of the nation’s heritage. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $34.50. DAVE CANTOR

For everything that may be made easier by the fact that the Pink Slips are fronted by Grace McKagan, teenage daughter of Duff McKagan, the group will have to fight equally hard to be seen and heard as something other than that. With no recorded material available yet (an EP is coming this summer), the live show and a handful of YouTube clips are currently the only way to experience them. McKagan’s vocals seem up to the task, sultry in a Lana Del Rey sort of way, though the band bristles with an energy more akin to that of the punk icons whose photos they are fond of tweeting: Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett. With Jason Kertson, Bleachbear. Vera Project, 305 Warren Ave. N., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. DL

 
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