FRIDAY, JANUARY 7
Prior to forming the local duo Dutch, Jedi Mind Tricks‘ Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind and singer-songwriter Liz Fullerton had collaborated on a pair of JMT songs—”Razorblade Salvation” from 2006’s Servants In Heaven, Kings In Hell and “Death Messiah” from 2008’s A History of Violence. But, with Dutch’s debut LP, A Bright Cold Day (released last year on Enemy Soil), the two part-time collaborators made the official jump to prime time. (Well, prime-time side-project status, at least.) Fullerton’s voice makes for an excellent complement to Stoupe’s trip-hop production; comparisons to Portishead are inevitable (and not undeserved), but only serve as a starting point for the tracks found on A Bright Cold Day. Dutch performs with Kuf Knotz at 9 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $9.
Also playing: Anamanaguchi + Slingshot Dakota, Good Luck, The X-Hunters at The Ox (8 p.m.); The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger + Chris Forsyth at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $14)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8
As John Vettese noted earlier this week his The Key Studio Sessions post, Cheers Elephant is known for putting on an energetic live performance. Look for that to be doubly so tonight, when the local rock quartet celebrates the release of its second full-length, Man Is Nature. Make sure to check out the band’s recent recording session at XPN to catch a preview of what to expect on stage tonight. Cheers Elephant performs with Nico’s Gun, The New Connection, and The Fleeting Ends at 8:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $13-$16.
Also playing: Val De Val’s (record-release show) + The Atomic Square, Restorations at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9
Metroplex + Enter the Rooms, Conversations With Enemies at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)
Cheers Elephant, Dutch, Kuf Knotz, Kung Fu Necktie, Metroplex, World Cafe Live