K Records' Khaela Maricich of The Blow hasn't released an album of new music since 2006's whimsical and charming Paper Television, but that isn't stopping her from going on a tour. (I recently e-mailed Maricich's publicist, asking why she was touring without any new material. "Because the fans demand it!" he wrote back.) "We have cooked the material since the last time we were out," Maricich wrote on her website. "We added a chapter and gave one of the characters a sex change. We are building something here, and anyone who wants to can watch as it grows." One of the added chapters is her collaboration with her girlfriend, the installation artist Melissa Dyne. Dyne creates dynamic onstage visuals by swirling together light, sound, and video elements while Maricich, backed by percussion and samples, delivers a few haphazard monologues and sings some old songs and some new.
The Blow plays the Crocodile tonight with Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets. The show starts at 8 p.m. and is $13.