This week’s shows (2/7/12-2/12/12)

Thurston Moore, San Agustin – Wednesday (2/8), The Goat Farm, $15.

With the future of Sonic Youth in jeopardy, it’s good to see Thurston Moore keeping busy.  Last year’s Demolished Thoughts is probably the quietest album he’s ever released, but it’s far from the pensive strum of most acoustic singer-songwriter efforts.  He approaches his instrument much the same way he does on late period Sonic Youth albums, just with less volume and the support of a string section.  The new songs sounded great in the afternoon sun at Pitchfork last year, so I’m assuming they’ll sound even better on a what should be beautiful night at The Goat Farm.

Natural Child, Turf War, The Boom Bang – Friday (2/10), 529, free.

Nashville’s Natural Child play bluesy stoner punk that exists in an alternate universe where the last four decades of music never existed.  It’s simple and sincere, with their best moments carrying the same pure rock charge that also buoys labelmates JEFF the Brotherhood.  Kindred spirits Turf War could pass as their drunker Atlanta cousins.

CJ Boyd, Nerdkween, Rabbis – Sunday (2/12), The Cut, $5.

Journeyman experimentalist CJ Boyd builds billowing soundscapes out of looped bass.  It’s minimal stuff, but not inaccessible or dryly academic.  Little Advances favorite Nerdkween is on the bill, too, bringing singer-songwriter chops matched with a fondness for tape hiss and other avant flourishes.  The show is going down at The Cut, a Reynoldstown salon by day that occasionally turns into a pretty cool performance space at night.  This should make for a soothing cap to the weekend.

More shows worth checking out after the jump.

Wednesday (2/8)

Old King Cole Younger, Blunt Fang, Eli Porter – 529, free.

Bleached, The Black Belles, Black Lodge – The Earl, $8/$10.

Thursday (2/9)

Boog Brown’s Dirty 30 Birthday Bash w/ YU, Dillon, Anthony Accurate, DJ AmDex – 529, free.

Colour Revolt, Right Away, Great Captain! – Vinyl, $10/$12.

Astounding Science Fiction, Brain, Cassandras, And That Is Why, Pillage and Plunder, Missle Command, Glen Iris – Star Bar, free.

Friday (2/10)

Soulphonics and Ruby Velle, Cherry Royale – The Earl, $10.

Fountains of Wayne, The District Attorneys – The Loft, $20.

The Explorer’s Club, Sealions, Androcles the Lion – Vinyl, $7/$10.

Stokeswood, Jack of Hearts, Calm White Noise – Star Bar, $8.

They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton – Variety Playhouse, $22.50/$25.50.

Saturday (2/11)

Cusses, Cloudeater, Odist – 529, $5.

They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton – Variety Playhouse, $22.50/$25.50.

Street Violence, The Angel Sluts, Sleepy Genes, The Humms, Gazelles – Star Bar, $7.

Sunday (2/12)

Willie Nelson – Tabernacle, $47.50-$57.50.

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