I’m listening to Andrew Bird’s album Noble Beast in preparation for tonight’s show at Slowdown that I don’t have tickets for and hence won’t be attending. This one sold out very quickly, an example of another popular band that’s flying under the radar. Bird’s albums — released on Fat Possum records — are filled with slight songs that accentuate his twee voice with strings and other acoustic instruments. He’s in the same league as Belle & Sebastian or even Sufjan Stevens, but darker and less poppy. Bird is a midwesterner, living in Chicago and on a farm somewhere in Illinois. He’s been on a number of late-night chat shows, including Letterman and Conan, which is one of the reasons for his popularity. Another is his music. Opening is Lonely Dear. Starts at 9. Also tonight, Led Zeppelin tribute band The Song Remains the Same plays at the Waiting Room again, this time with The Big Empties. $7, 9 p.m.
Tomorrow night (Saturday) is the CD release party for Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies at Slowdown Jr. I suspect that this will be an SRO occasion as this record has been a long time coming (I’ll have a full review of the album at a later date). Opening is Pueblo, CO’s The Haunted Windchimes. $7, 9 p.m. Finally, on Sunday night, blank.wav recording artist Broken Spindles (formerly on Saddle Creek) is playing at The Waiting Room with Capgun Coup and Drake’s Hotel (remember them?). $8, 9 p.m.
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