Tonight, start things off with some super psychedelic action courtesy of Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. Read all about it here.
Tonight, head up the canyon for Rosewood Thieves. They are amazing. Rise & Shine nearly got lost in a stack of promos. It would have been a damned shame if someone hadn’t cleaned off her desk and discovered the 2008 LP six months after its release. The Rosewood Thieves’ full-length debut is a gem of a record, from the sun-kissed opener “Silver Gun” to the psychedelic amusement park sound effects on “Fair Lights Flashing.” It’s track after track of solid gold. The New York band’s dusty folk-rock is soulful, catchy and classic with the potential for a nice, long shelf life. They’re currently touring in support of two relatively new EPs, Live at the Basement—Nashville, TN and Heartaches By the Pound, a collection of Solomon Burke covers. The Listening Room, 608 Main, Park City, 9 p.m. (with The Dead Trees)
Or, stay in the city and take in some hip-hop with Brother Ali, Toki Wright and Evidence. The Minneapolis emcees display more courage than bravado—though it’s safe to say this is one tight crew you want on your side. They might be sweethearts, but pushovers? Ha! Brother Ali is best known as the “Albino Muslim rapper” whose latest LP, Us, delivers more of the same smooth, socially conscious tunes that first earned him respect outside the Twin Cities. Each of tonight’s featured acts holds his own with as much grace and power as he brings to the trio’s spontaneous collaborations. BK One rounds out the pack on the ones and twos. Don’t miss another opportunity to testify: The truth is here. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 8 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com
If you're really tuckered out, plop yourself down on the couch and turn on the stereo for Circus Brown on KRCL 90.9 FM. Tonight, he welcomes local indie-dance-storm Muscle Hawk into the studio for a live performance. 8-10:30 p.m.
On Saturday, head to Slowtrain for a free, all-ages show. Seriously, this is one risk-free gig you don't want to miss. On her food blog, Hungry Oyster, Casey Dienel writes, “Adventure is what makes eating interesting.” And she applies this belief to both culinary and musical pursuits—whether foraging for mushrooms or tapping out elegant, strange and slightly whimsical melodies on her Wurlitzer/synths/electric ukulele. As White Hinterland, she cooks up songs that, on her third full-length Phylactery Factory (Dead Oceans), loops together bossa nova, jazz and folk in an intricate, orchestral bow. Dienel’s voice is delicate but not fragile or weak. It skates across piano and strings, dropping heavy thoughts and serious observations with deceptive ease. White Hinterland, now a duo featuring Shawn Creeden on percussion/cassettes/beats/Vietnamese black box, is currently on the road previewing songs off the forthcoming Factory follow-up out sometime next year. Don’t miss this peek at wonders new and adventurous. Slowtrain, 221 E. Broadway, 8 p.m. All-ages. Free