Marco Benevento, illustrious solo artist and one-half of the Benevento-Russo Duo, hasn't exactly been sitting around twiddling his thumbs while his erstwhile partner Mr. Russo thumps the tubs for Bobby Weir, Phil Lesh and Furthur. On Tuesday, Benevento released a new album under his own imprimatur. It's known as "TigerFace" and it's freaky, funky, fun and strange.
Particularly awesome are the pair of tunes that open the record. Both "Limbs of A Pine" and "This Is How It Goes" feature guest appearances from Kalmia Traver, vocalist with Rubblebucket. Both come off like you'd imagine it might sound if Benevento brought his mighty and vast arsenal of keyboard sounds to bear on an Animal Collective tune.
Elsewhere, Benevento marries techno, soul, funk and abstract pop into a jam-infused hybrid that, if it isn't unique, is pretty close.
Benevento performs at 8 p.m. Thursday in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) with guests the Mike Dillon Band. This is an impressive double bill, particularly when you factor in the $15 ticket price (ecepresents.com).
.Who ate the Lotus?
All you fans of the eloquent electro-instrumental-jam band stylings of Philadelphia's Lotus, you're in for a treat. On Thursday and next Friday, the band takes over the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), to offer up live interpretations of the more electro-leaning material from its recently released, self-titled fourth album.
But wait - there's more good news. For the Thursday show, the mighty Kung Fu - a Connecticut-born all-star funk-fusion band with a track record of blowing minds via shows in Nietzsche's - will open.
Tickets are $21 advance, $24 day of show (box office and Tickets.com). Two-day passes are available through Lotusvibes.com.
So many roads, so many shows, so many temptations to hit the bricks on a work/school night. Here are but a few.
Coheed and Cambria, the much-loved modern prog-rock ensemble, will release a new concept album, "The Afterman: Ascension," on Oct. 9. You can watch a video for the album's first single "Domino the Destitute," via Coheedandcambria.com. You can also get pumped for the album by checking in at the band's Town Ballroom gig at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with Three handling the opening act honors. Tickets for this all-ages show are $30 (box office, Tickets.com).
Soundlab (110 Pearl St.) is presenting Japanese post-rock/noise-rock/space-rock band Mono at 8 p.m. Monday. If the name means nothing to you, know that Mono is a band adept at dynamic manipulation, from the heaviest wall-of-sound attack to the most delicate, pseudo classical repose. If you're a fan of Godspeed, You Black Emperor or the heavier aspects of ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, this is probably right up your alley. Tickets are $12 (Ticketweb.com.).
Jethro Tull fans will be treated to a performance by Tull tribute act Living With the Past at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Evening Star Concert Hall (8810 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls). The band will dig deep for both popular and obscure gems from the mind and pen of Ian Anderson. Admission will be $10 at the door.
Go on, get your gig on!