Balkan Beat Box grace Showbox at the Market tonight after putting out a truly fabulous remix album (the first one they've put out, but hopefully not the last). Yes, there are other shows happening tonight, but trust me: there is no better place to spend your evening than with these international dance party instigators. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show costs $17 if you don't have a ticket yet. And it's all ages.
Emily Wells plays the Vera Project tonight at 7:30 p.m., an LA-dwelling folkstress who does a jazzy, truly righteous cover of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" that'll definitely get your attention, but whose original, strings-heavy compositions are just as dynamic and absorbing. Her show costs $8 and is, of course, all ages.
Still Flyin', Love is All, TacocaT at Neumos, 8 p.m., $12 adv.
If your next bromance needs a soundtrack, look into Still Flyin's "Forever Dudes." And hey, it's not gender exclusive; anyone is welcome to join the San Francisco party band's friends-forever jam. Gestating over a pair of shaggy EPs and including up to 20 members, Still Flyin' brought its overstuffed, reggae-scrambled pop to joyful fruition on the recent album Never Gonna Touch the Ground. Formerly a driving force behind the breathy Masters of the Hemisphere, leader Sean Rawls spins his weed-stoked daydreams into lackadaisical sing-a-longs about haunted houses and Aerosmith.
In their way, the results are every bit as nervy and erratic as the songs of tour mates Love is All, who thrive on trebly squeals, shouts, and clatter. With two great albums behind them, the post-punk-y Swedes knock around like kids in an inflatable castle and like to cover Prince, A Flock of Seagulls, and Faith No More live. Melancholy-voiced singer Josephine Olausson holds together the tumult, and the band lives to jitter and veer another day. DOUG WALLEN