What You're Doing Tonight: Wednesday, May 20

Dust Congress departs, Indigo Girls return and The Crystal Method expands

DUSTY BOWL: Pretty much any Wednesday night is a good day to hit up Dan's Silverleaf for "Pam food," as the spontaneous three-course meal cooked regularly by Wildwood Inn chef Pam Chittenden has come to be known. Tonight is the Wednesday night to stay around after the plates are licked: the elegant five-piece Dust Congress plays its last show in town before a tour behind its new EP, Regurgitate Sunshine State (we're waiting for our copy of the 12" in the mail; any day now.) Burnt Sienna Trio headlines and Chris Welch of Pinebox Serenade plays, 9PM. Food at 6:30PM.

BITTER BUGS: The maturing activists of the Indigo Girls are back on rootsy ground where they belong after, oh, nine records for Epic and another for Hollywood Records. In the spirit of the folk-rock-pop duo's return to indie with the release of Poseidon and the Bitter Bug and a tour that brings the band to Lakewood Theater, check out this Q&A with Paste in which the gals return to the band's earliest origins: rehearsing to after high school AP English class to the delight of their teacher. Tickets are $37.50. 7PM.

BLIP BLIP BOOM: We're not particularly taken with The Crystal Method on its own merit. The electro-pair got our attention with its curious recruiting of Matisyahu and Metric's Emily Haines on Divided By Night, which dropped fresh on May 12 (listen to the whole thing here.) The scattered experiment is a body of songs that is charged with energy, as per usual for the group, but some of it's surprisingly deep, with disco hustle beats and a bass-and-drum intro on "Blunts and Robots" with Peter Hook reminiscent of a certain snotty Michael Jackson tune. See if TCM has any live tricks to pull at House of Blues with L.A. Riots. Tickets start at $10, 8PM.

PAINT AND PIANO: Euforia Live is put on by a duo that can put on a moving show combining a live show of paint and music. Seth Simmons the classic pianist pounds out some moving sounds while Cuban artist Rolando Diaz puts a few swirls of paint on a canvas in an hour and half. Normally it runs once a month at their studio at Southside of Lamar for $25, but they'll be having a special performance at Hotel ZaZa's Pool, open to the public at no charge.  The painting will be up for auction and a large percentage will be going to the Genesis Women's Shelter.

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