When: Sun., Jan. 18, 9 p.m. 2009
On Living on the Other Side (Dead Oceans) the DONKEYS deliver a sophisticated slice of country with the exhilaratingly light touch of Sweetheart of the Rodeo, but ultimately it’s Stephen Malkmus’s world these San Diego boys are living in. They keep it real with songs about rivers, trains, and diamond rings, and though the album’s not terribly ambitious, it’s very sweet and even gentlemanly. —Jessica Hopper There are few records I’m more obnoxious about pushing on people than TULSA’s I Was Submerged (Park the Van). By all rights it should’ve been huge—or at least blog-huge—when it came out just over a year ago, but for some reason the only Tulsa fans I know are the ones I’ve forced to really listen to the song “Mass.” It’s pretty much perfect: the laid-back but muscular verse, bolstered by Neil Young-worthy riffage, is satisfying enough on its own, but then it escalates into one of the most transcendent pop choruses of the past several years. Recently the band’s been in Chicago working on a new album. If it’s anywhere near as good as Submerged I’ll be happy, and if twice as many people listen to it I’ll be thrilled. —Miles Raymer Tonight’s show is part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. The bill, headliner first, is Bishop Allen, the Donkeys, Tulsa, and Vacations; DJs Nixon and Ed Menacho spin. The Donkeys also play a free in-store at Reckless Records, 3161 N. Broadway, at 3 PM today.
Price: $15, $55 for festival pass