by Dan Gibson
For a Thursday, there's quite a bit to choose from as far as live music goes tonight. Whether any of it is worth missing a new episode of 30 Rock is up to you, but it's always good to have options.
For my money, the highlight of Thursday's live music lineup is Bella Donna: The Stevie Nicks tribute at the Paradiso at Casino Del Sol. Casino Del Sol has really made a strong move into dominating the tribute band biz in Tucson, so it's only logical that they would eventually get to Bella Donna, who looks more like Stevie Nicks than sounds like Stevie Nicks, but I guess you can't have it all. Whether the faux-Stevie does prodigious amounts of cocaine to get into character is unknown. Showtime? 8 p.m.
At Solar Culture, the lineup has seemingly gotten stranger and stranger over the last few months, but I don't think that's really a bad thing. Tonight's headliner Soriah would probably fall into the stranger category, especially considering all the press photos I could find had him in an all-white Edward Scissorhands-like costume. Maybe it's not actually a costume. I really have no idea. Soriah's music would probably be best described as a take on Tuvan throat singing combined with the classical/goth influences of acts like Dead Can Dance. For me, his music is a little unnerving and spooky, but as unnerving and spooky music goes, it seems very well done.
Also, Margot and the Nuclear So-So's are at Club Congress. I've never really cared for the band, but reviewer Jarret Keene described the new album thusly:
"Seems like the only way out is through the back," sings frontman Richard Edwards on the new CD in the downbeat rocker "New York City Hotel Blues," which could serve as a motto of sorts, since Margot clearly has no interest in being shoehorned into any mainstream category. Instead, tracks like "Birds"—with its tumbling Telecaster lines and eerily beautiful falsetto vocals—cement the band's goal of creating melodic yet challenging music, especially as the song reveals itself to be about something entirely unexpected: Edwards pleading with a lover, "Let's have a baby." The Southern-flavored rock ballad, "Lunatic, Lunatic, Lunatic" rivals Skynyrd's material by projecting its central character's pathos, while "I Do" succeeds in channeling a bit of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band-era confessional bloodletting.
Not the easiest record to digest at first, Buzzard hangs in the sky of the mind like a bleak, bittersweet omen. A "grower," for sure.
For more live music options tonight, including dreadful Bay Area rapper Andre Nickatina, check our music page which has listings for tonight and into the future..