After taking off the past month and some change to adjust to their recent contraction from a quintet to a quartet, inimitable Band to Watch The Slide Machine returns to the stage tonight at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. They've got some fine pals joining them, including local Southern rock upstarts Deerhead, a scrappy bunch of pop-rockers from Indiana called Thunders and some mysterious act called Teeth on Teeth. 10 p.m. start, FREE FREE FREE.

Also free and beginning at 10 p.m. is an even younger, even newer band called Our Cat Philip, about whom you can expect to read in next week's paper when I preview their CD release show. They're super twee and not ashamed about it. I loved this description by hated arch enemy The Other Paper: "...the band employs the sort of simple, twee-folk melodies that make people bob their heads from side to side instead of front to back." All that side-to-side bobbing will be going down at Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St., where The Sad Bastards will also perform.