Ingrid Michaelson, Crooked Fingers and Dungen made the list too. Check out briefs, photos and audio from our recommended shows for November 5 through November 11.
[Wednesday, November 5] Composing avant music to accompany silent films has become a popular thing in the last couple decades, with local musicians like Bill Frisell and the Black Cat Orchestra finding new facets in old screen gems. The latest band aiming to marry mediums and eras is trumpeter Steven Bernsteinâ€™s MTO, a brilliant assembly of New York players who spent years together at the now-defunct Tonic creating good-humored, post-modern takes on the past century of American pop jazz. King Cat Theater, 2130 Sixth Ave. 547-9787. 8 p.m. $18. All ages.
[Wednesday, November 5] Acts like Cypress Hill and The Luniz helped blow a big cloud of stoner rap into the ears of hip-hopers back in the â€™90s and early â€™00s. And few did it with more bonhomie than Def Jamâ€™s playful punk Redman and the Wu-Tang Clanâ€™s Method Man. On the face of it, the two couldnâ€™t be different, both in terms of style and personality. Red comes off like the class clown, while Method comes off like the class bully. But itâ€™s that yin and yang that helped make their â€™99 debut, Black Out!, such red-eyed fun. With Evidence of Dilated Peoples, the Alchemist, Termanology. Showbox SODO, 1700 First Ave. S., 382-7877. 8 p.m., $25 adv., $30 dos. All ages. Listen to Broken Language.