Aquatic and enigmatic: the strange tonalities of Optic Echo.
Aquatic and enigmatic: the strange tonalities of Optic Echo.

Have you heard about the Stranger Genius Awards? It's kind of a big deal, in case you were unaware, but on the off-off-off chance that you aren't attending, we're not here to judge you. We're here to guide you to the other excellent live music happening around the city, so let's get to it.

Raica, Ethernet, Mike Jedlicka, and _wndfrm
Go catch some spectral, globby ambience and dub techno sewerscapes at Gallery 1412.

One of the sweetest '90s R&B groups of all is in town on the down low.

Tower of Power
Long-running (since '68!) soul/funk unit Tower of Power continue their run at Jazz Alley.


Australian Pink Floyd
Nick Mason, drummer of Pink Floyd, told BBC Radio in an interview that the Australian Pink Floyd were "probably better than us." Say no more!

A Place to Bury Strangers
Kathy Fennessy describes A Place to Bury Strangers' wall of guitar squall as "like an acid trip without the paranoiac side effects."

Benefit for Teachers with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson
This hastily-thrown together benefit for local teachers features top-flight talent, from Aesop Rock's labyrinthine hiphop to Kimya Dawson's effusively catchy folk pop, plus local hiphop heavies Grayskul and a guy who claims to be a "professional zaniac."

Youryoungbody, Force Publique, Aeon Fux, and Nightspace
Pulsing neon electro-goth and mechanized melancholy.

As usual, here's every other show around town, including filmic singalongs at Re-Bar's Cineoke (whee!), Eligh at the Crocodile (woo), and rock and roll survivors Foo Fighters at the Gorge (squee?)