Weekend Shows: Big Friday with Witness Tree, LL Cool J, DJ Shadow plus plenty more

Readers of this blog probably like all kinds of music, and if you’re like me, you have a conundrum facing you tonight: What show to go see?

Here are my picks for tonight and beyond.

TONIGHT

First you have local rockers Witness Tree serving up a new album full of Replacements and Pixies-like delights. I really like the band’s new songs (read my album review), and the release show will be a great one. 9 p.m. tonight at Slowdown. $7.

If you’re any bit a hip-hop fan, the Kings of the Mic show tonight at Stir Cove is a must-see. With LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul, it’s going to be a night to remember (and certainly a good night to check off a few artists on your “got to see them before I/they die” list.) Read my run-down of the artists here. 6:30 p.m. show. $42.

And DJ Shadow, definitely no slouch, is in Lincoln tonight at the Bourbon Theatre. A solid lineup of local DJs – Brent Crampton and Spencelove – are on the bill, too. If you’re into that sort of thing, you can’t skip this one. I interviewed Shadow and we talked about all kinds of stuff including the music he’s playing: “Most of the music I’m playing is very new, and it proliferates on the Internet.” 9 p.m. show. $25.

SATURDAY

Benson Beerfest hits the neighborhood this weekend and The Waiting Room has an afterparty with Satchel Grande and Touch People (what an interesting combination) Saturday at 9 p.m. $7 at the door (or $5 with your Beerfest ticket).

SUNDAY

O’Leaver’s returns its Sunday Social show this weekend with Simon Joyner & the Ghosts, the So-So Sailors and curry sausages catered by The French Bulldog. Uh, yes. Doors open and food starts at 2 p.m. with the show kicking off at 5 p.m. $5.

Sunday night, EDM takes over The Waiting Room. Baths is a guy that I didn’t know until I saw him between bands at SXSW. Naturally, I didn’t think I’d like it at all, but the guy had some game. Check him out with Houses and D33J at 9 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 on Sunday.

NEXT WEEK

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros comes to Stir Cove on Tuesday. Check out my story on the band.

They Might Be Giants returns to Slowdown on Wednesday. They’re always entertaining, and it should be a blast. I talked to John Flansburgh, and I’ll have a longer Q&A here next week.

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