The brothers Jurado (Hoquiam) play what will surely be a very lovely evening of folk music at Neumos tonight, along with a newish two-person Seattle band called the Nine Tailors, who write somber, vaguely ominous songs thematically influenced by Flannery O'Connor (or so their bio says). The show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $7.
The Psychedelic Furs play the Moore Theatre tonight, for those of you jonesing for a genuine '80s nostalgia trip; they play with Happy Mondays and Amusement Parks on Fire for $27.50, the show starts at 7:30 p.m., and it's all ages.
Asteroid #4, Morning After Girls
and Black Nite Crash play the Comet Tavern tonight at 8 p.m. for $6 (they're also playing on KEXP at noon today, if you want to hear a taste before you go to the show):
Philadelphia's got a pretty stellar recent history of psychedelic rock, from the narcotic bombast of Bardo Pond to the heady drone-folk of Espers and Kurt Vile. Long-running Philly quintet the Asteroid No. 4 is nestled right in between, offering up garagey, shoegazery psych- and space-rock that sometimes twists in the air like smoke tendrils, and other times packs a sweet wallop, like an ice cream truck skidding into a telephone pole. Fans of Spiritualized, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and early Verve will find tons to love in the layers of craggy, reverbed guitars, the droopy-eyed vocals and harmonies, and the sterling arrangements that occasionally nod to old touchstones like the Velvet Underground and the Kinks ("Hold On" uses Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" as a melodic launching pad to blast into the stratosphere). Asteroid No. 4 has a knack for sheathing its atmospherics in classic pop structures, so you'll probably remember at least a few songs long after the trip is over. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG