Brooklyn garage-prog quintet Starring plays a free show
at the Whistler tonight (9:45 PM, 2421 N. Milwaukee). "The band is nearly as omnivorous as King Crimson when it comes to genre, and just as good at making all the bits fit together: I think I'm picking up Deep Purple, the MC5, Sonic Youth, Soft Machine, and Devo, all sitting together on the same plate so that everybody's sauce leaks into everybody's meat. It's a heady and beautiful blend," writes Monica Kendrick. They also play another free show
at 8pm Monday at Cole's (2338 N. Milwaukee).