XPN Welcomes back local indie rock trio Good Old War and dream pop four-piece Vacationer to Theatre of the Living Arts tonight. Good Old War took off this year after the release of their third album Come Back as Rain, which features hits like “Better Weather” and “Calling Me Names.” Vacationer, a “mysterious endeavor” from The Starting Line‘s Kenny Vasoli, also released their record Gone in March which drew comparisons to bands like Beach House, Grizzly Bear, and Vampire Weekend. Tickets to tonight’s all-ages show can be found here; below, check out the video “Trip” from Gone.
Rising spectral rock gang Ladies Auxiliary is opening for Churchill tonight at North Star Bar. The trio released their album On The Shadow last year, which you can grab for a name-your-price cost here. Tonight’s 21+ concert starts at 8; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch Ladies Auxiliary’s performance of “I Haven’t Been” from First Unitarian Church last spring.
Folk artist Dan Bern and his International Jewish Banking Conspiracy crew are performing tonight at Puck Live. The singer-songwriter, who released his latest album, Doubleheader, earlier this year, is something of a renaissance man, having built a career recording, writing, and painting for the last sixteen years. His familiar “talking blues” approach to performing has made Bern’s rambling-song style stick out in a generation below greats like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Go here for tickets to the 21+ show tonight, and below watch “Marilyn” from Bern’s self-titled 1997 album.