Zach Harjo playing "January Moon" at the Tractor last June. Don't worry, all the assholes yakking at the beginning will shut up about 20 seconds

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Tonight's Show Suggestions


Zach Harjo playing "January Moon" at the Tractor last June. Don't worry, all the assholes yakking at the beginning will shut up about 20 seconds into the song. 


Dir En Grey, The Human Abstract at Showbox at the Market, 7 p.m., $30

Dir En Grey strode onto the Japanese rock scene balancing flashy

androgynous style and thoroughbred power, like a flamboyantly costumed

jockey riding an exquisite steed. As the group became heavier and

heavier on recent records, longtime fans fretted over whether these

chunky riffs would crush the stately beast below, condemning Dir En

Grey to ride nu metal's dead horse. Uroboros, the band's

just-released seventh album, reestablishes the group's unique

equestrian equilibrium, contrasting some of the most brutal riffs of

its career with sultry grooves, whispery-smooth ballads and exotic

atmospherics. Dir En Grey emphasized its noisier material over its

quivering elegant fare when introducing itself to mainstream American

audiences on 2006's Family Values tour, but the quintet's headlining

gigs showcase its astonishing range. The best live acts can convert the

uninitiated: Dir En Grey can also seduce, using romantic piano ambience

and Kyo's oddly suave vocals (think David Bowie's "China Girl"

delivery, but with Japanese lyrics.) ANDREW MILLER

Elliott Brood, Zach Harjo, Michael Vermillion at Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $10

You can also read about Zach Harjo here

While it's worth checking out Toronto artist Elliott Brood's twangy

alt-country, it's Michael Vermilion's depth that will suck showgoers

in. Given Vermillion's history, his current gig as a roots and folk

singer-songwriter who also spins as DJ Sad Bastard at Havana on Mondays

isn't as surprising as one might think. The deep-voiced singer and

nimble-fingered guitarist is all about trying new things. In the 1990s,

he was a founding member of San Diego's Gogogo Airheart, a serious

experimental punk band; a few years ago, he was the bassist for

Seattle's post-hardcore outfit Vendetta Red. Now, he's released his

first solo album, Last Night on Earth, and covers Townes Van

Zandt's "Waiting Around to Die" live while sounding like a younger,

healthier Tom Waits with a better vocal range. And his show this week

is the last time for a few months to catch Vermillion live: He's

heading to the Netherlands in December to lay the groundwork for his

next album. PAIGE RICHMOND

 
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