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Khingz and Gabriel Teodros at the Hidmo
Gabriel Teodros, Khingz, Cristina Orbe, DJ WD4D at Chop Suey, 8 p.m., $12, all ages

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Tonight: Gabriel Teodros and Khingz, Monsters of Folk, Spiral Stairs

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Khingz and Gabriel Teodros at the Hidmo
Gabriel Teodros, Khingz, Cristina Orbe, DJ WD4D at Chop Suey, 8 p.m., $12, all ages

Not only will this be Gabriel Teodros' last show of the year before he heads out to Europe and Africa, it's also the first opportunity you'll have to hear some of the new tunes he's going to drop after he gets back. Khingz just released an EP as well, and there aren't many physical copies of it, so going to this show tonight is a good opportunity to pick one up. If you consider yourself a hip hop fan and have never seen either of these guys perform, you need to attend this show, because not even Teodros knows when he'll be back (sometime in 2010 is as specific as he'll get).

Monsters of Folk at the Paramount, 8 p.m., $28-$40, all ages

With Jim James, Conor Oberst, and M. Ward in the fold, Monsters of Folk includes three of the most recognizable voices in indie pop, and an argument could be made on paper that combining the three of them inside one self-titled record would somehow magnify the experience of one of the artists' day jobs.

But it doesn't quite work that way. What we get on an album that tries so hard to share the spotlight, is an abbreviated go -- a revue, if you will -- with each of the dudes. There are moments of levity -- "The Right Place" is a charmer, on par with anything the boys have done alone -- and hearing each voice step up to the microphone provides a handful of Traveling Wilburys moments. All that said, Monsters is sure to take on a completely new life on stage, with five bodies of work to pull from, plenty of ego, and a proclivity for musical hyperbole, as the band name implies. CHRIS KORNELIS

Spiral Stairs, Bob Mould at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15 adv

Now that news of the Pavement reunion is out of the bag, there's an electric buzz of excitement surrounding any activity by the band's individual members. If going to see Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, once came with the painful baggage of mourning and wishful thinking, it doesn't have to anymore. But before we get ahead of ourselves, Stairs has a new album coming out within days of his two local appearances. Of course, his opening slot for Bob Mould reads on the marquee like a summit meeting between two of indie rock's most celebrated icons, but watching Kannberg perform for free at a record store for an all-ages crowd is much more in-keeping with the spirit he brought to Pavement in the first place. While Pavement eventually came to be dominated by leader Stephen Malkmus, Kannberg played the part of Malkmus' ideal creative foil perfectly, and his edgier, more out-there sensibility clearly helped shape the band's legendary sound. Like Malkmus, Kannberg has benefitted greatly from taking a less self-conscious approach to his post-Pavement output. His stuff was always pleasantly loose, even sloppy, but these days he sounds like he's having a lot more fun. And, yes, he does do Pavement tunes. SABY REYES-KULKARNI

 
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