Local stalwart jazz trio R.L.A. is setting up a good one tonight up at the Westhaven Center for the Arts where a collaboration with Rob Diggins and his homemade five-string electric violin is sure to generate some glorious noise. 7 p.m. ($5-$20 sliding scale.)
Meanwhile, over at the Outer Space there is yet another quality punk show going down tonight at 7 p.m. when Oakland hardcore act Coherence rips out a set sung in English, Arabic and Farsi with songs about racial oppression and prevalent institutional violence. Blood Honey and Dimboi provide local support. ($5.)
Finally, tonight there are two free acoustic gigs to relax or move to, location depending. At 8 p.m. Celtic/Irish fiddlin' act Fingal will fill the rich wood and plaster confines of Café Mokka with the gaiety of Gaelic scales and sounds. An hour later at the Logger Bar you can catch the jammy bluegrass roots music of Kindred Spirits and cut a nonexistent rug on the beautiful wood and sawblade floors.