From the Hum: Tonight's Goth Downer, Folk Upper



If the Yogoman show(s) put too much happy into your life, balance things out with Troller and Ssleeperhold, two Austin bands bringing dark electronica to The Siren's Song. Bleak and ominous. Things start at 9 p.m., cover is $5 and all ages are welcome, so punish your bad children by making them stay up late on a Monday night listening to purgatory's soundscape. A 6 on the black-eyeliner-early-Halloween meter.

Birds of Chicago is a collective based around singer/songwriters JT Nero (JT and the Clouds) and Allison Russell (Po' Girl). Nero is "a poet of the everyday and the absurd, the lonely, the hopeful and the semi-hopeful ... He's got a fractured country soul croon, full of doo-wop ghosts and old time religion." Russell plays banjo, ukulele, guitar, and clarinet, is a top-shelf whistler and, most importantly, knows how to use her voice to lift us all up from our mundane lives into a purer world. You'll likely leave the 8 p.m. Arcata Playhouse show with a bit more grace than you had coming in — and for only $15 at the door. A 10 on the goddamn-that's-good-I-want-to-be-a-better-person meter.

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