BURY MY ROBOT BONES IN
THE UNCANNY VALLEY
It's been 620-ish days since the last Seashell Radio show, since multi-instrumentalist Fen Ikner left for New York City and cellist Esmé Schwall headed off for the Pacific Northwest, but hey, on Sunday, Nov. 23, the chamber pop band will be back at Flycatcher for a night with New Zealander-turned-New-Yorker LIPS. Should be a great time, and one that might not be replicated for another 600+ days (if ever), so get your $5 in hand and we'll see you at Flycatcher at 8:30. More info at theflycatchertucson.com.
WATCHING YOU SLEEP
Cowtown Keeylocko is one of our strange and wonderful treasures around here, about 40 miles outside of town, and the handmade town is hosting an incredible lineup this Saturday night, Nov. 22. Gabriel Sullivan (fresh off his album release party at Congress the night before; more on that elsewhere in this issue), Golden Boots, Ohioan, Algae and Tentacles, Human Behavior and Sun Bones make up the bill in the Blue Dog Saloon with the show kicking off at sundown, plus you can camp-out if you want to take the experience to that extra level. More info on the show at facebook.com/events/379327208890768.
CLEANER LINES, SMOOTHER SURFACES
Pete Fine's been playing guitar in this town for a long time, in prog/western/classic/probably-some-other-types-of-rock rock acts, but he's also a symphonic composer, writing concertos for the electric guitar. On Saturday, Nov. 22 at Club Congress, he'll be performing his second, written earlier this year, accompanied by the Tucson Virtual Philharmonic Orchestra (hey, listen, there's not enough room on the Congress stage for an entire orchestra, even if they managed to squeeze the Polyphonic Spree up there). Stefin Gordon opens the 7 p.m. show and there's a $6 cover. More info at hotelcongress.com.
LEWIS Y CLARK
Cleveland's Mr. Gnome are coming to Club Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 26 to promote their sublime new album The Heart of a Dark Star, which is out now. The Cleveland psych-pop group, made up of vocalist/guitarist Nicole Barille and drummer/pianist Sam Meister, has a strange and beautiful live show and their new album captures a lot of that feel, with layers of bluesy guitars, various keyboard-y instruments and Nicole Barille's rich vocals. It's an ambitious, self-produced work and the sort of thing more people should hear. Young Tongue, Acorn Bcorn and Katterwaul open the 21 and over show, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Find out more about the show at hotelcongress.com.
Just a head's up and we'll likely talk about it next week as well, but you might want to grab tickets to see the MURSDAY! show at the Rock on Saturday, Nov. 29. The collaboration between Tucsonan Murs and Miami group ¡Mayday! resulted in a solid album released in June of this year, Murs' debut for Tech N9ne's label Strange Music, but I can't imagine the team-up will last forever, and since anything associated with N9ne seems to do well here, this might not be the easiest show to get into on the day of. Marley B and Cash Lansky open the all-ages show and tickets are $20. More info at rocktucson.com.