At the Northwest Film Forum tonight (if you don't know, it's at 1515 12th Ave.), the NWFF and Emerald City Soul Club is hosting Soul Night. It starts at 8 p.m., and will feature footage of soul musicians from the '60s and '70s, including rare footage of Sly and The Family Stone (pictured). The music will be cranked up, and there will be DJs and drinks.
Kurt Vile in-store at Sonic Boom Records on Capitol Hill, 6 p.m., free, all ages
He's also playing the Josephine tonight with Meg Baird and The Dutchess and The Duke.
It's damn near difficult not to froth at the mouth when discussing Philly's Kurt Vile. Along with Ariel Pink and Kevin Debroux (a.k.a. Pink Reason), he's the best of indie rock's recent lo-fi/bedroom recordings revival. There's good reason for this: beneath all the arty shenanigans (four-track crud, vintage drum machines, synthed-out shoegaze dreaminess) lurks a classic pop-rock songwriter and lyricist. Track down a copy of his album Constant Hitmaker, and I guarantee you won't make it pass the opening anthem "Freeway" for, like, the first two weeks. It's perfect the way "Tractor Rape Chain," "Jessie's Girl" and "Hey Tonight" are all perfect. Of course, comparing Vile to Pollard and Fogerty (but not Springfield) is some kind of artist's kiss of death. But fuck it. The dude just might be that good. JUSTIN FARRAR
...And You Will Known Us by the Trail of Dead, Funeral Party, Midnight Masses at Neumos, 8 p.m., $12
Based on the last two albums from ...And You Will Known Us by the Trail of Dead - which were packed full of bloated, unsatisfying, more-or-less boring prog-rock epics - it seemed like the Austin, Texas band had reached the point of diminishing returns, light years away from their dynamic 1999 self-titled debut and even 2002's career high point, Source Codes & Tags. That's what makes new disc The Century of Self that much more gratifying - it's the sound of Trail of Dead back from the dead. Not that they've completely abandoned their designs on ambitious structures and soundscapes, but here those tendencies are tempered by the in-your-face fire, energy, and chaos of old. Ultimately, they've made their guitar-fueled bombast and feverish vocals a lot easier to get inside, and live, that approach should have no trouble bringing back the fans who may have strayed. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG