Alina Simone

Three more big shows tonight!

One brings singer-songwriter Alina Simone to Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. Simone's great new sophomore album Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware finds her covering nine songs by Yanka Dyagileva, who has been described as the Soviet Nick Drake. Ukraine-born, Massachussetts-bred Simone sings Dyagileva's songs entirely in Russian, and the irreverant folk tunes have a Soviet scent about them. But in spirit and, more or less, in sound, the record is much like her own critically acclaimed work. Jerry DeCicca of The Black Swans will also perform. This is free, and it starts at 9 p.m. sharp.

The night's brainiest music is just up the road. Matmos has become one of the most visionary forces in electronic music, and the duo has made it a habit of stopping by the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St., on its rare tours. Another experimental duo, Baltimore's Leprechaun Catering, will open the show. Check out my preview for more. This one costs $14 and will begin promptly at 8 p.m.

Lastly, doors open at 9:30 p.m. for one of the world's best DJs, Blaqstarr, at Sugar Bar, 525 Park St. A member of Diplo's Mad Decent crew, Blaqstarr is about to embark on hip-hop's landmark Rock the Bells tour, but first he'll spin at one of Columbus' swankiest clubs. Thankfully, Sugar isn't enforcing its dress code for this one, so come comfortable and ready to dance. Oh, and bring $8.