Donavon Frankenreiter, who plays Neumos tonight

At Nectar tonight, there's going to be an excellent hip hop show, The Peace Project , to benefit victims


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Donavon Frankenreiter, who plays Neumos tonight

At Nectar tonight, there's going to be an excellent hip hop show, The Peace Project, to benefit victims of gun violence; click the title to read Jonathan Cunningham's earlier post about it. with Big World Breaks (okanomodé aka SoulChilde, SiriuS, Toni Hill, GodSpeed & Yirim Seck),, a live funk band. In addition to MCs D. Black, Dyme Def and Khingz. It starts at 8 p.m. and costs a mere $5.

Clues, City Center, Iji, the Camellias at Vera Project, 7:30 p.m., $9, all ages

It's hard to fathom the influence MySpace has as a promotional tool in the music world. On an average day, the Fleet Foxes page is visited 19,000 times. Meanwhile, Lily Allen's music is played 255,000 times. Per day. But despite the obvious benefits of this formidable promotional tool, Montreal-based pop band Clues have chosen to avoid all social networking sites - MySpace, Facebook...any of it. Given that the relatively new band includes members of the Unicorns and Arcade Fire, two of Montreal's best pop bands in recent years, one has to assume that they're using this dearth of information as a marketing gimmick in itself - drop a few rumors on the Internet, play some un-advertised shows, and let the music blogs buzz in anticipation.

They have one song available online, and an album out on Constellation records, home of other off-kilter rock bands Tindersticks, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Do Make Say Think, and Seattle's own Dead Science. In other words, to recommend Clues is to rely almost exclusively on its members' musical reputations. Clues member Brendan Reed describes the band as the type of project that is suited best for "weird house shows, home recordings and toys for instruments." The only way to know what the band's really like, though, is to head to the show and see for yourself. ERIK NEUMANN

Donavon Frankenreiter, Gary Jules at Neumos, $18, 8 p.m.

Donavon Frankenreiter is a surfer-turned-musician who mines the early 70s folk-blues-soul-pop vein--a niche market that has become quite the fad these days thanks to retro guys like Ray LaMontagne and Marc Broussard. If this overlooked genre has a designated godfather, it would be Stephen Stills, who Frankenreiter seems most influenced by. He's got the sandy voice, the worn denim, the acoustic guitar, and the nostalgic warmth, but mixed with the soulfully nonchalant delivery of Boz Scaggs and Curtis Mayfield. His latest album, Pass It Around, is full of all the feel-good melodies--songs about relishing in happiness and wanting happiness for others ("Life, Love & Laughter", "Sing A Song"). But it breaks away from the Jack Johnson-ish monotony of his past work by diving even further into the 1970s via bold, full-band production. This is due, in no small part, to the presence of my Morning Jacket producer Joe Chiccarelli--a guy who knows a thing or two about making the past sound fresh again. BRIAN J. BARR

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