JEALOUS BUTCHER SHOWCASE: ERIC D. JOHNSON, LAURA GIBSON, DUOVER
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Jealous Butcher Records hosts a release party for Laura Gibson's newest 7-inch single, "La Grande," at Valentine's this eve. Swing by for quick, 15-minute sets of Gibson's sweet, acoustic melodies and Fruit Bats' main man Eric D. Johnson. The artists will also bring a few of their favorite records to spin between sets and Valentine's promises "festive holiday concoctions"—what could be merrier? ALEX ZIELINSKI
SONS OF HUNS, MONGOLOID VILLAGE, THE AX
CHRISTMAS AT THE BLACK LODGE: RACHAEL JENSEN & MATT CARLSON, CHARLIE SALAS & MARIUS LIBMAN & E*ROCK, SWAHILI, WHITE HINTERLAND, DJ CUICA, & MORE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) David Lynch makes strange and beautiful images for eyes, plus strange and beautiful noises for ears (even hairy dismembered ears). Think of Julee Cruise singing on the red-curtained stage of Twin Peaks' Roadhouse. Composer Angelo Badalamenti's badass film scores. Dean Stockwell's "In Dreams" performance in Blue Velvet. Not to mention the absurdly frightening aural white noise of Eraserhead. Lynch paints with sound, and he might be even more skilled with this palette than with his visual aesthetic. So let's get dressed up in our finest Lynchian plaids and gather around the Yule Log Lady to celebrate Holocene's Christmas at the Black Lodge. Join Parenthetical Girls' Rachael Jensen and Golden Retriever's Matt Carlson as they perform your favorite Twin Peaks songs. And Charlie Salas, Marius Libman, and E*Rock will play a live score for Lynch's bizarre 1970 short film The Grandmother. Plus a host of locals performing Lynch tributes and some '50s platters by DJ Cuica. Hot damn, I bet there'll be pie. Aces! COURTNEY FERGUSON
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Several economic disasters ago, before D-Day, the moon landing, Vietnam, and the civil rights movement, the Blind Boys of Alabama began playing music with a single-minded purpose—spreading salvation via deep, spine-tickling harmonies. Formed as a gospel septet at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the Boys have had remarkable staying power, but museum relics they are not: They released their sixtysomethingth album (and first country album), Take the High Road, this year; they have earned six Grammy Awards, all in this century; they jumped on the bandwagon and released a Duets album with a lot of famous people. Accolades aside, non-aficionados of gospel know them best as the soulsters whose rendition of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole" was used as the unforgettable first-season theme of The Wire. REBECCA WILSON
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