Alison Krauss and Robert Plant performing "Gone Gone Gone" live

There's a lot going on tonight. If you're not going to Alison Krauss and Robert

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Wednesday's Show Recommendations

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant performing "Gone Gone Gone" live

There's a lot going on tonight. If you're not going to Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, or to see Todd Rundgren, check out these instead:

The Rebelz, Indiginis, Verse, ToST, 9 p.m., $5

Red Pill Records artists The Rebelz and Indijinis make badass political hip hop that, though these artists are based right here in the 206, has got more in common with Immortal Technique than the Blue Scholars and, far's I can tell, has flown pretty well under most of Seattle's radar for a couple years now. Definitely go check it out if you couldn't make it to the last incarnation of "The Corner" at Jewelbox last Friday.

Mission of Burma plays Vs. in its entirety at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15

Mike Mahoney composed the paragraph below for Short List this week, but I should also mention that at the Silver Jews show last night, I spoke with a dude who saw Mission of Burma's Portland show and couldn't stop raving about how great it was.

When bands like Sonic Youth, Pixies, R.E.M., Husker Du -- and, yes, Nirvana -- acknowledge that your sound inspired theirs, you're doing something right. And nearly 30 years after jolting the Boston scene and staking their claim as one of the most intense, original and influential post-punk bands in America (or anywhere else), Mission of Burma still put musicians half their age to shame with their power and inventiveness. Tonight, they go back in time to 1982, playing their first full-length album, Vs., in its entirety. Less than a year after its release, guitarist Roger Miller, facing permanent hearing loss due to the band's brutally loud live shows, disbanded MoB at its artistic peak. Miller and tape manipulator/sound engineer Martin Swope joined Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, dispensing with the sonic assault as well as lyrics, suiting Miller's training in classical composition. Drummer Peter Prescott blazed his own post-Burma trail, keeping the volume at 11 in the folk-punk Volcano Suns. MoB reunited in 2002, with bassist Clint Conley rejoining Miller and Prescott, and Shellac's Bob Weston replacing Swope. They've picked up where they left off two decades earlier, releasing two terrific albums (with another on the way), thrilling old fans and connecting with a new generation. They've turned down the volume a bit since the good old days, but you might want to grab those earplugs anyway. With Welcome. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15 adv.

 
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