Well, I'm touched. I didn't know you guys liked these posts so much. I've gotten quite a few e-mails about this, so...here you are! And


By Popular Demand...Tonight's Suggested Shows

Well, I'm touched. I didn't know you guys liked these posts so much. I've gotten quite a few e-mails about this, so...here you are! And I'll try to get them up earlier in the future, as well.

Firstly, the Coyotes, about whom I wrote this post the other day, are playing a show tonight with Are You A Cat? (bizarre stuff) and Freejail at the Jewelbox. That starts late-- 10:30 p.m.-- and costs $5.

There's also Jessica Lea Mayfield, Annuals and What Laura Says (it must be getting harder to come up with original band names) at Chop Suey. Annuals doesn't really do it for me, but Jessica Lea Mayfield is the protege of one Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), and she's got a hell of a voice. That starts at 8 p.m. and will set you back $12.

Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands, Telekinesis at Neumos, 8 p.m., $12.50

Before we jump into Erika Hobart's two cents, a word (okay, my word) about the Ra Ra Riot show. I personally was underwhelmed by Ra Ra Riot, but I am considering going to this show anyway to see Telekinesis, a local band who just released a very good debut album. It's not groundbreaking, but it's solid, catchy pop, and it's worth coming out and supporting those local guys before they head out on tour. Also, I hear that Ra Ra Riot is more fun live. Anyhow, Erika Hobart wrote this about the show for Short List:

It's no fluke that Ra Ra Riot went from playing gigs around Syracuse University's campus to headlining a national tour in less than a year's time. The five-piece indie rock band is an absolute joy to see live. Lead vocalist Wes Miles possesses a melancholy croon that drips with sincerity. And cellist Alexandra Lawn and violinist Rebecca Zeller manage to awkwardly dance, err, hop, about while playing their respective instruments. (Check out a clip of the band playing Late Show with David Letterman via YouTube and you'll see what I mean.) Since releasing their critically acclaimed debut LP The Rhumb Line through Barsuk Records last year, Ra Ra Riot have become a beloved favorite in the indie circuit. Yet they still come off like a handful of eager (and slightly geeky) college kids rocking out to earn some beer money--which makes them all the more endearing.

Bill Frisell and Russell Malone at Triple Door, 7:30 (all ages) and 9:30 p.m., $25

Here's Fefer's take on this show.

And Brian J. Barr in this week's Weekly Wire:

Last year, I finally "got" Bill Frisell, and I owe it all to History, Mystery. One of two recording he released in 2008, History, Mystery is soaked in cinematic atmospherics. A two-disc, 30-track behemoth, the first half is haunting, early 20th century-style jazz music from "Mysterio Sympatico," a multimedia collaboration he performed with local illustrator Jim Woodring. The second is music he composed to accompany NPR's Stories From the Heart of the Land. Like recent records by ambient metal legends Earth, Frisell uses spare instrumentation to make music that sounds grainy and antique, yet clean and skillful. Nearly everything on History, Mystery is played at the tempo of a slo-mo waltz, something you might hear in a movie dream sequence. His playing is rustic and liquid, like listening to a Ry Cooder track played backwards. His concentrated notes seem to lift themselves off his fretboard to dissipate in thin air. What History, Mystery is, essentially, is the best summation of everything Frisell has been doing over the last several years--meditations on the unifying thread of American music genres, all of it somber, intense, and charmingly odd. If Ken Burns ever does a documentary on what Greil Marcus dubbed "the old, weird America," Frisell is his man for the soundtrack. BRIAN J. BARR

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