Tonight's Show Suggestions

Paula Nelson

Paula Nelson Band, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers at Sunset Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $12

Simplicity is always best, and nowhere does this ring truer than within

the endearing, classic-country stylings of Zoe Muth and the High City

Rollers. Songstress Muth's voice could best be described as Loretta

Lynn had she a less trying childhood, and the compositions themselves

balance bluegrass bounce with equal parts twangy, Texas heartache.

Perhaps Zoe and her Rollers will garner a lesson or two from

long-touring act the Paula Nelson Band. Never shying away from

recognition as Willie's daughter, Nelson's voice bears more than a

passing resemblance to daddy's, and her tried-and-true brotherhood of a

band are a party within themselves on stage. A good way to satisfy any

nostalgic cravings for what your forebears would approvingly call "real

country." RAECHEL SIMS

David Grisman Quintet at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $32.50

The David Grisman Quintet, as any hippie/jazzbo hybrid can tell you,

plays "dawg" music. That's a heady blend of bluegrass, swing,

Django-inspired gypsy jazz and assorted Latin flavors. For the

uninitiated, track down the latest release on Grisman's Acoustic Disc

imprint: a two-set gig recorded at Seattle's very own Jazz Alley in

November of 2007. Speaking of Acoustic Disc, the label has also

released, for the first time ever, the complete Old & In the Way

concert. In 1973 Grisman hooked up with Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan,

Vassar Clements and John Kahn for a one-off performance that helped

kick start the progressive bluegrass movement. Old & In the Way are

far more folk-oriented than the Quintet, yet both groups embody

Grisman's profound love of improv. JUSTIN F. FARRAR

Fountains of Wayne (acoustic) with Jon Auer at Triple Door Mainstage, 7:30 p.m., $28, all ages. ***SOLD OUT***

Fountains of Wayne's power-pop songwriting tandem of Adam Schlesinger

and Chris Collingwood crafts smart, guitar-based, effortlessly catchy

music that marries rich melodies, spot-on harmonies and relentless

hooks to sly, wry, observational lyrics that detail everyday events in

the lives of ordinary people, striking a fine balance between humor and

pathos. Despite an up-and-down career--they've recorded for three

labels, been dropped by one, split up for a couple of years, then

reunited and received a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist (for their

third album!) --they've maintained a consistently high level of quality

through four studio releases over the past 13 years. They'll be

previewing songs off their new album, which should come out this

spring. It'll be interesting to see how the percussive, precise, synth-

and effects-heavy pop of their most recent effort, 2007's Traffic and

Weather, translates to the acoustic format. Opening is Jon Auer,

another gifted songwriter whose power-pop credentials are

unquestioned--he's been the heart and soul of the Posies for more than

two decades and helped Alex Chilton resurrect Big Star. MIKE MAHONEY

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