Three national rock shows worth your ear are all converging on this city tonight. Gorgeous retro pop, achingly beautiful electronic folk and battering-ram post-hardcore are available for the hearin'.

The pick of the litter is at...

Three national rock shows worth your ear are all converging on this city tonight. Gorgeous retro pop, achingly beautiful electronic folk and battering-ram post-hardcore are available for the hearin'.

The pick of the litter is at...

...Little Brother's, where Philadelphia's Dr. Dog will be playing its incredible retro pop. Never has shamelessly mining the past been so forgivable. (Well, except maybe on the new LCD Soundsystem album.) As I wrote in this week's preview, these guys nick Lennon, Bowie and The Beach Boys without shame, and we're all the better for it. Joining them will be Bobby Bare Jr., who seems to come through town a lot, and Jeffrey Lewis. Little Brother's is at 1100 N. High St. Listen to Dr. Dog at MySpace, but be sure to check out "Ain't It Strange," available for download here.

Carabar's decision not to promote its shows is frankly perplexing to me. (C'mon Ron—at least give us a calendar!) I have no clue who is playing tonight with The One AM Radio, and I wouldn't even know about the show except I got a press release about it. But it's not something to be ignored. Los Angeles resident Hrishikesh Hirway makes electro-organic pop that reminds me of the Notwist—beautifully cinematic, dark and delicate, with a warm glow emanating from within. Carabar shows are always free, so if they ever decide to start weeknight shows at a reasonable hour (i.e. before 11 p.m.), this would be a perfect show. The bar is at 115 Parsons Ave. Listen to The One AM Radio here. I recommend "In the Time We've Got."

Rounding out the impressive visitors is Planes Mistaken For Stars at High Five. I always thought these guys were an emo band with indie rock tendencies a la Jets to Brazil, but that's not them at all. That's a good thing because Muscle Puzzle and The Means, two of town's more gruesome rock bands, are the local support. The headliners, Denver natives, list their influences as "Black Flag, Black Sabbath, Black (the color)," so my emo impression was pretty far off. I also note a little similarity to Pantera's Phil Anselmo in the vocals, which in this instance I'm counting as a positive. Grouped with the impressive locals, this show should leave you sufficiently pummeled. High Five is at 1227 N. High St., and you can listen to PMFS here—I'm enjoying "Belly Full of Hell."

High Five and Little Brother's are within walking distance, and like I said, Carabar is known to start late, so you might be able to pull off all three shows if you want to. I'll be at Little Brother's and... who knows where else. See you there.