This week’s shows (1/3/2011-1/9/2011)

It’s a little calmer this week after last week’s barrage of New Years Eve events, but there’s still some good stuff out there.

Monday (1/3/2011)

I don’t see much in the way of live music for tonight, but there is some Chunklet-presented standup at 529.  Comedians performing are Tig Notaro, TJ Young, Mike Kaiser, and Karen Hilton.

Tuesday (1/4/2011)

I am strangely excited about old school surf-punks Agent Orange at The Masquerade, but take this recommendation with some suspicion.  I have no clue what kind of show to expect from the current incarnation.  Hell, I didn’t even know they were still a band until I saw them on the Masquerade’s schedule awhile back.  Turns out they’re still out there touring, although it appears “they” has just been singer/guitarist Mike Palm and a rotating rhythm section for the last 15 years or so.  There hasn’t been any new Agent Orange material released since 1996, either, so it’s probably safe to assume they’ll stick to the early classics like “Bloodstains” and “Everything Turns Grey.”   They were a staple in my high school CD player, so I’m thinking it’s worth the $10 cover.  If you would rather see a few punk(-ish) bands that are still actively producing new material, head over to 529 for Predator, Customers, and Estrogen Highs.

Wednesday (1/5/2011)

Wednesday’s best bet is another non-musical option.  Star Bar is hosting a screening of Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers, plus a set from stand-up comedian Chris Crofton.  The film made some headlines when Netflix declined to carry it because of its content.  If weird people getting weird on film isn’t your thing, you can see Vegan Coke, An Isle Ate Her, and City of Ifa at the Drunken Unicorn.

Thursday (1/6/2011)

Creative Loafing’s Fiction Contest Party goes down at the Highland Inn Ballroom, with readings by the three winners and live music from locals Hello Ocho.  No cover and free Savage Pizza.

Friday (1/7/2011)

Local music blog Ohmpark celebrates a 4 year anniversary at The Earl with one hell of a local lineup.  From Exile, Jungol, This Piano Plays Itself, Nigredo, and Qurious will all be performing, and it’s only a $5 cover.  If you’re not going to that, catch Attention System, Brenn, and Siberia My Sweet at the Drunken Unicorn.  EDIT:  Looks like I forgot a good one:  Nerdkween will perform her minimalist singer-songwriter experiments at Kavarna with Spy Magnet and These Sylvan Hills.

Saturday (1/8/2011)

Crooked Fingers headlines The Earl, with support from The Meeks Family and The Woodgrains.  Crooked Fingers is the current project of former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann.

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