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Noah and the Whale

For your aural pleasure? Don't mind if we do. God, I wish I'd gone to see People Under the Stairs last

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Noah and the Whale

For your aural pleasure? Don't mind if we do. God, I wish I'd gone to see People Under the Stairs last night. Big FAIL for me.

Cold War Kids, Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m, $17, all ages

I haven't even gotten to listen to Loyalty to Loyalty yet. Why? Because I foolishly passed it on to Nick, our intern, and then Chris came sniffing around for it. And we all have very different feelings about music. This show's sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, Nick, who interviewed the Office's best actor, Rainn Wilson, informed us all that the Cold War Kids are one of his favorite bands. And if Rainn Wilson likes them, you will too. Because we all live our lives based on the edicts issued by celebrities, right? Right!

Noah & the Whale, Lindi Ortega, Grand Hallway, Chop Suey, 8 p.m., free

Michael Alan Goldberg composed this lovely blurb about Noah & the Whale:

I have to admit I had a laugh at the way a music critic at British rag The Independent recently savaged the frontman of London indie-folk quartet Noah and the Whale: "Charlie Fink has a promising future as every Jack Johnson fans' eighth-favourite singer and as a supreme irritant to the rest of us." Why the hate? Well, Fink and company play acoustic guitar, ukelele, violin, glockenspiel, and French horn (and sometimes whistle gaily), and sing smartly about love, death and going to the zoo with maximum amounts of coy charm, and so their melodic fruit doesn't fall too far from the Belle & Sebastian twee, with maybe a bit of Jens Lekman and the Decemberists thrown in for good measure (not sure I hear anything remotely Jack Johnson, though). And we all know how much some people hate twee. But we also know how much some people adore twee, so if you're one of them, you'll want to be front and center at this gig.

Jackson Browne, McCaw Hall, 7:30 p.m., $39-$59.50

Justin Farrar, ladies and gents:

Have you seen the cover of the new Jackson Browne album? My God - he looks like the Dude from The Big Lebowski, which just might be intentional. Time the Conqueror, his first album of new material in six years, is a collection of earnest, political folk music from an ancient hippie who, just like the Dude, didn't get the memo that the '60s died a long time back. Ten bucks says more than a few reviews are going to paint that very mage. But if sincerely caring makes Browne a relic, so be it. The guy looks around the country, doesn't like what he sees and writes a batch of tunes demanding some answers. Is that not the very mission of folk, punk, hardcore and even, to some extent, the blues?

 
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