Tonight: Krishna Das at the Moore, The Sweet Dominiques at the Tractor

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Krishna Das. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 877-STG-4TIX. 7:30 p.m. $33. Even though Krishna Das is actually a Jewish man from Long Island named Jeff, it must be pointed out that he's done more for Indian music in America than any other musician besides Ravi Shankar and A.R. Rahman. By merging the richly expressive devotional style of Hindu kirtan chant-singing with easily accessible Western melodic structures, Krishna Das makes the intensity of this spiritual music much more palatable to U.S. audiences. Miraculously, though, his performances and albums manage to skirt the muck of New Age solipsism and instead aim for something both transcendent and modern. It's far from being strictly authentic, but again: Jewish dude from Long Island. This performance will feature frequent Das collaborators Deva Premal and Miten, an English/German couple who indulge in a similarly Westernized take on Indian classical music. JASON FERGUSON

The Sweet Dominiques, with Exohxo, Kristi Nelson. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $6. The Sweet Dominiques have operated under a number of guises, from a duo to a seven-piece collective of sorts, with surf rock, hushed indie-folk, and jam-band instrumental workouts providing the raw materials. These days, a trimmed down Dominiques, comprised of founding member Joe Sneva in front and Tony Gonzales behind the kit, practice a simpler aesthetic. This streamlined version still carries many of the hallmarks that have defined the band throughout its evolutions, but with a directness made possible by such sparse and subdued instrumentation. The elemental nature of its parts seems to have a magnifying effect on the solidity and charm of the music as a whole, creating something that is more than it appears to be. NICHOLAS HALL

 
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