My preview blurb for tonight's Still Flyin' show at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave., in its entirety: "Still Flyin' has so many members and such a playful disposition that you'd swear they hail from some Scandinavian berg where everyone pals around with Jens Lekman and dresses like characters in a Wes Anderson movie. But really the indie-pop ensemble hails from San Francisco and features members of that town's great Masters of the Hemisphere." What's more, they're pals with local indie-pop masters Heavy Mole, though Sam Craighead and company aren't on the bill for tonight as they are breaking up and not playing shows but working on finishing their album anyway. I don't know who's opening instead, but I know doors open at 7 p.m., this show will be worth your $10.
Then there's the Gaslight Anthem show at the Newport, 1722 Neil Ave. I dug the Jersey rockers' The '59 Sound for a few spins, but I found that the Springsteenian pop-punk gimmick quickly wears thin. They probably put on a decent show, though. Bloomington's Murder by Death has a hilariously morbid name, but their Nick Cave-inspired sound is the best of tonight's bunch. The evening's first band, an obnoxious Philly foursome called The Loved Ones, are a pale imitation of tonight's headliners. Doors open at 6 p.m.; tickets cost $17.
Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., has the night's gnarliest noise courtesy of The Unholy Two, Kurt Russell the experimental combo Burleson-Jewell. 10 p.m. and free as always.
There's also a good show at Skully's, 1151 N. High St., about which I'll post more info soon.