The otherworldly sounds of Evangelicals provide the evening's most fascinating live music option. The group, which stole my heart with a splendid debut album (So Gone) and a flabbergasting live show back in 2006, is on the road pimping its latest, The Evening Descends. As my preview asserts, tonight's show at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., will mark the second time in a matter of days that the venue has hosted a marquee indie act with a thing for dreamy neurosis. (Not Neurosis.) The gig features opening sets from locals Church of the Red Museum and Ryan Smith. Tickets are $6 advance/$8 at the door. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. showtime (although with Skully's, it's almost guaranteed to be secretly a 10 p.m. start).
Up at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., another big show is happening. Hayden arrives from the crisp confines of Ontario, where the multi-talented indie folk troubadour has been building quite the diverse catalog with a common denominator of wistfulness. More info in ye olde preview. This show is also 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. start, with a $10/$12 ticket breakdown. Eric Metronome opens.
And if you're more the emo type, know that Motion City Soundtrack and a bunch of other bands are at the Newport, 1722 N. High St., tonight.
As for TV, your best option seems to be Bill Clinton on The Daily Show (11 p.m., Comedy Central). The only high-profile premiere of the night that looks like it could maybe be good is The Mentalist (9 p.m., CBS), which stars Simon Baker as a fake TV psychic who is actually psychic and uses his ability to solve crimes. OK, you're right, that sounds really dumb, but if you aren't in the mood to check out one of these totally awesome concerts, The Mentalist is all I have to offer you instead.