by Whet Moser
* One of my favorite live acts, Parts & Labor, is headlining the first night of the Ears & Eyes Festival tonight at the Hideout. The new album, Receivers, is a little more new-wave than Mapmaker (which I have previously described as "Husker Du if they decided non-DIY guitars weren't loud enough" and "Richard Thompson if he fronted a glitchy hardcore band"). I've had the sing-songy "Little Ones" stuck in my head for a couple days. "The Gold We're Digging" is still my favorite.
* An Evening With Don Hertzfeldt tonight at the Music Box looks promising, even though I've only seen Rejected (the really virtuoso stuff starts about seven minutes in) and Intermission. J.R. Jones has a great long review of Everything Will Be OK, which he considers a masterpiece, and in which I learned that the pen-and-ink animator's hero is Stanley Kubrick.
* Last chance for movie about Lee Atwater
* Free Office show at Schubas on Monday