Best shows to see: Estrella Morente, Big Business

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Did you make it through all of the Empty Bottle's outdoor festival Saturday without losing a single toe to the cold? Still in the mood to check out some live music? Well, you're in luck, because there are plenty of shows worth seeing this week.

Tonight there's New Young Pony Club at Reggie's Rock Club and Artist on Artist interviewee Fred Frith at Constellation. Tomorrow night you can check out Julie Pomerleau at the Hideout or Mawcrest at Township. On Wednesday there's Deafheaven at Durty Nellie's and Wishgift at the Whistler.

There are plenty of other concerts to see the next few days—jump over to Soundboard for all our show listings and read on for a couple picks from Reader critics.

Tue 3/4: Estrella Morente at Symphony Center

Peter Margasak writes that Estrella Morente has been carrying on the legacy of her late father, iconoclastic flamenco singer Enrique Morente. "On the cover of her most recent album, 2012's Autorretrato (Parlophone Spain), he's pictured standing behind her, and he duets with her on the closing track, 'Adagio,'" Margasak writes. "The recording is Estrella's most diverse and assured, and she uses every track to explore a different interest. The opening track, 'Pregon de las Moras,' has a minimalist arrangement by English composer Michael Nyman whose strict, stately orchestral pulse contrasts beautifully with the passion in Morente's husky, sorrowful voice. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny fits right in on 'Find Me in Your Dreams,' and on the clave-driven 'Cuba Cai' bassist Alain Perez lends his expertise at fusing flamenco and Cuban son. But for me Morente is at her best in more traditional settings, threading her voice through the stuttering palmas and forceful guitar of, say, 'Como la Corriente' or 'En un Sueño Viniste,' which features lead guitar by Vicente Amigo (heavies such as Paco De Lucia and Tomatito also make cameos)."

Wed 3/5: Big Business at Double Door

"Big Business formed in 2004 as the muscular sludge duo of former Karp bassist Jared Warren and former Murder City Devils drummer Coady Willis, and on their 2005 debut, Head for the Shallow, they created a lean and pummeling heavy-metal racket," writes Luca Cimarusti. "The band has had a third member for a couple albums now, and their latest, last fall's Battlefields Forever, is the first to feature 400 Blows guitarist Scott Martin in that spot. For the first time, they sound like a massive, full-on metal monster. Maybe it's the influence of Warren and Willis's other gig (since 2006 they've been the rhythm section of the double-drummer version of the Melvins), or maybe it's Martin's enthusiasm for insane, shredding metal riffs—but either way, the music Big Business is cranking out these days is massive, epic, and fully realized, whether trudging behind the beat or galloping forward triumphantly."

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