Here are the most intriguing shows over the next two days....
David Thomas Broughton / Doveman @ Tangier ($12) – Pitchfork likes all the bands at this show. From the Fold website: “Touring on the release of his debut record, The Acrobat, DOVEMAN draws from downbeat jazz, contemporary classical, 60's pop, and ambient music, evoking the resonance of Nick Drake, Brian Eno, Talk Talk, or Belle and Sebastian. Pitchfork called DOVEMAN's record "A fascinating debut..." and said "one wants to build a seedy yet expensive wine lounge somewhere in East Village just to be able to play this album around last call." Joining on the bill tonight, David Thomas Broughton's bizarre folk songs transform into mantras of love, sex, war, and death. Keeping his instrumentation to a minimum, using an acoustic guitar, loop pedals, and even a cheap drum machine, Broughtman's artistic intent is unmistakenable and his voice resonates with the vocal tensity of Antony and the Johnsons swirling in and out of the hazy ambience.”
Keane @ the Fonda (Sold Out) – If Coldplay’s just a little too hard for you.
The Ark / Rocket @ the Troubadour ($12) – The Ark is an over-the-top glammy band. Rocket’s a local all girl band on Teenacide Records.
Hall and Oates @ Royce Hall ($65-105) – I don’t care what you say, Hall and Oates have some great songs (“Rich Girl,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” just to name a few). Would I pay $105 to see H&O in 2006? No way in hell.
Twilight Singers @ Avalon ($18.50) – People claim Greg Dulli is an amazing performer. I still haven’t seen him….
The Duke Spirit @ Spaceland ($8) – Advance tix sold out for this one, but Spaceland always releases some at the door.
The Bird & the Bee @ Tangier ($10) – They’re signed to Blue Note. From the Fold website: “THE BIRD AND THE BEE is the collaboration between keybordist Greg Kurstin (Beck/Gwen Stefani) and singer Inara George. Inspired by jazz standards, THE BIRD AND THE BEE's original compositions feature unforgettably beautiful melodies, delivered with an airtight pop sheen.”
Hella / The Advantage! @ the Echo ($10 adv / $12 dos) – This noise rock stuff tends to give me a headache, but they’re talented guys…..
Rocco DeLuca @ Troubadour ($10) – Kiefer Sutherland’s one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. Rocco’s on his record label and Kiefer’s really passionate about his music.