What To Do Tuesday: Rocktober's biggest night?
When I scrawled the Rocktober calendar that appears in our music section throughout October, I had trouble fitting everything into the Oct. 13 square; there's simply too much going on tonight for any live music fan to get a taste of everything, even with show-hopping. Let's run through them one by one.
(1) This probably isn't the show with the most mass appeal, but it's where I'll be: The Summit, 2210 Summit St., is hosting Britain's incomparable Sian Alice Group at 9 p.m. Ringleader Sian Ahern has a voice that could sing King Kong back into his cage, and the band builds such rich pastures for her to dwell in. Consider the fleet, airy tribal percussion and the mournful cellos surging slightly beneath the surface on "Close to the Ground."
Also performing at Bobo tonight are local treasures Jam Division and El Jesus de Magico plus Detroit's raunchy psych-punk outfit Human Eye. For $2 off the $7 cover charge, show up to Sian Alice Group's 6 p.m. in-store at Used Kids Records, 1980 N. High St., part of the shop's "week of mayhem." (Tons of bands and DJs are providing entertainment all week long.)
(2) Also getting the stamp of approval is the Blitzen Trapper/Wye Oak double bill at Skully's, 1151 N. High St. Many folks should be familiar with Blitzen Trapper's folk rock through an indie rock filter (or is that indie rock through a folk rock filter?). The title track from last year's Furr was one of the best post-Dylan acoustic anthems I've heard in a long time. Wye Oak, meanwhile, was more of a mystery to me until their sophomore Merge Records release The Knot landed on my desk and wow, what a record! Beautiful slow-burn jams with peaceful boy-girl coos — could be one of the most gorgeous performances of the year. 8 p.m. doors for this one, and a $12 cover.
(3) We're sponsoring The Mars Volta's show at LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave., though I must admit I'm not much of a Mars Volta fan myself. How many more years 'til the At the Drive-In reunion, guys? Freight train comin' freight freight train comin'! "I'll be the hyena; you'll see." Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $30.
(4) Undoubtedly the biggest show of the night is Tiesto at Bar of Modern Art, 583 E. Broad St. Dude is the most popular DJ in the world, and he's spinning at the city's biggest and best venue for his breed of prestigious performer. What more could y'all trance fans ask for? Plus "Kaleidoscope," his new single featuring Jonsi from Sigur Ros, is more like a Sigur Ros song than a Tiesto song, and he just made an entire album of such collaborations with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Tegan and Sara, Metric's Emily Haines, etc. So even indie mofos/Tiesto nubes should have something to get excited about here. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission costs $45 but hey, that's still cheaper than Them Crooked Vultures.
(5) I would have to pretend to know anything about Po'Girl, but BenCo is sponsoring it so there must be some degree of quality. Why not let the BenCo site explain? 8 p.m., $10 at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St.
(6) If you read this far about stuff like Sian Alice Group and Wye Oak, you probably don't care about the Colbie Caillat/Howie Day show.
(7) Lastly, my man Crumpteezy tried to hype the Erin McCarley show at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. — that's 8 p.m. doors, $15 — but as you can see, I've already got a lot of live music on my plate for the night. Sorry, Crumpteezy.