One of the main reasons I dropped in at O’Leaver’s Saturday night was to see Doug Kabourek perform again. Doug, who used to go by the name Fizzle Like a Flood, hasn’t played a solo show in a couple years. As 10 p.m. rolled around, there sat Doug cradling a guitar, just like he did a few years ago. It was as if time had stood still. Kabourek sounded just like he used to, in good voice singing good little story songs like an Omaha version of John Darnielle. He said he has no plans to revisit the 40-track recording style of Golden Sand, but will continue to play live. Here’s hoping he records those new songs somewhere. She Swings She Sways did a nice set, and so did a three-piece version of Black Squirrels. All-in-all, a laid-back night at O’Leaver’s.
Baltimore’s Beach House plays at Slowdown Jr. tonight with Papercuts and Our Fox. Beach House’s new record, Devotion, was released on Carpark last month. What I’ve heard from their website is pretty trippy stuff — tonal, slow groove, moody. Opener Papercuts’ new record, Can’t Go Back, got a whopping 8.3 from Pitchfork. That must mean something. $10, 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at The Waiting Room, it’s Landing on the Moon with Seattle indie-pop band Smile Brigade and Paper Owls. $7, 9 p.m.
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