Wednesday's must-see shows
Wed Oct 7 2009
1. Kurt Vile and the Violators at Mercury Lounge
As far as indie rock is concerned, the Matador label has a pretty killer track record, having backed Yo La Tengo, Belle and Sebastian, and Cat Power. Will one of the imprint's latest signings, Kurt Vile—appearing tonight in celebration of a new disc, Childish Prodigy —follow in those illustrious footsteps? Hard to say, but Vile's shaggily beautiful, post--Neil Young rock definitely holds a lot of promise. Above is a recent live clip to whet your appetite.
3. Evan Parker at the Stone
The experimental sax-legend—previewed in this week's TONY—continues his marathon stand on the LES. Tonight Parker duets with fellow reed wizard Joe McPhee as well as guzheng player Wu Fei.
4. Cabaret Convention 2009 at Rose Theater
Barbara Carroll, Mary Cleere Haran, Elaine Stritch and other cabaret luminaries fete their venerable genre.
5. John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders at (Le) Poisson Rouge
Ironic folkster Harding hosts an eclectic West Village hoedown, featuring appearances by Throwing Muses' Tanya Donelly, Ice Storm author Rick Moody and many more.