Tonight, Tonight: Guided by Voices at The Palladium, Anberlin at House of Blues, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone at Dan's and CoCoRosie at The Granada


Holy crap, what a busy night! Buckle up and get ready for an early start on the weekend, as tonight's docket is flush with prime musical satisfaction.

Guided by Voices, Times New Viking at The Palladium Showroom
What year is it? Well, for legendary indie band Guided by Voices, it's 1992. Seems lead voice man Robert Pollard has gathered together the '92-'96 lineup of GBV and Dallas is the kickoff locale for this reunion tour. Quite the honor, I say. Going by the band's renowned recklessness, lord knows what songs will make up the set list. But whatever songs Pollard and crew decide to throw out, I'm sure the crowd will eat up eat bedraggled morsel. Ohio's Times New Viking open things up and I cannot think of a cooler double-bill happening anywhere this evening--and not just here in North Texas. Literally anywhere.

Anberlin, Crash Kings and Civil Twilight at House of Blues
Although various songs from Florida's Anberlin contain religious references, the members of this alt-rock quintet are adamant that they are not a Christian band. Seeing that one Stephan Christian fronts them, religious associations would appear to be something Anberlin will always have to deal with. Christian or not, Anberlin is a quality rock band that transcends easy classification. Anberlin's most recent effort, the brooding and brainy Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place, features the band's best collection of songs. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, Dark is spiritual without being sanctimonious. Los Angeles' Crash Kings and South Africa's Civil Twilight are two worthwhile acts that round out this talented triple-bill.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, OTOUTU and Tre Orsi at Dan's Silverleaf
After 13 years, five albums and countless EPs and singles, Owen Ashworth claims that he is retiring Casiotone for the Painfully Alone this December. Ashworth is still going to make music, just without the cumbersome moniker. Whatever name Ashworth works under as he records the buzzes and blips that make up his "songs," his vision and his humor will certainly shine through. Although Casiotone's high watermark may well be 2001's Pocket Symphonies for Lonely Subway Cars, the more recent Vs. Children might offer a more digestible collection for the uninitiated. Australia's OTOUTU and Denton's own Tre Orsi should provide ample support.

CocoRosie, Sleep Whale at The Granada Theater
Sisters Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" Casady are the siblings behind the combo known as CocoRosie. And these sisters are really a performance art ensemble masquerading as a musical act. Frankly, much of what the Casady sisters do is quite charming and somewhat conventional, albeit in a fairly pretentious way. Denton's Sleep Whale makes getting to the Granada early tonight worth it. The band's beautiful drone has a real way of drawing you in. A band to watch, for sure.
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