If the Yogoman show(s) put too much happy into your life, balance things out with Troller
, 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.
Full Hum here