If you want to see live music on Saturday, Oct. 21, you've got some choices to make. Aside from MC Trachiotomy at Kings and Mute Math at Cat's Cradle, the most interesting options come courtesy of local bands and local organizers: Seattle songwriter David Bazan has passed on his customary Pedro the Lion handle and will play an early solo set at Local 506 at 7:30 p.m. Cover for his set is $8, but the three-band bill of locals that follows at 10 p.m. is free: The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, The Strugglers and Bowerbirds comprise a trifecta of three of the Triangle's finest. Meanwhile, moving west on 15-501, the last night of Durham's Troika Music Festival lines up 10 hours of music at 305 South. Two-Ton Boa and Asobi Seksu headline, but locals from The Wigg Report and Strange to The Moaners and Erie Choir fill the bill. Chest Pains, A Is Jump and Tommygun play as part of Troika just down the street at Joe & Jo's. For the complete Troika schedule, see the Troika Music Festival Web site.
Don't expect Doug Martsch to hit you with Built to Spill or Treepeople songs during his Schoolkids Records-Chapel Hill appearance on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. But do expect him to play something. Last week, Martsch played Manhattan boutique Other Music, but he stipulated he wouldn't play any of his own songs during the set. "We've been told that he won't be performing any BTS songs, but we might hear some Woody Guthrie songs," an Other Music e-mail said. If you want to hear "Reasons," though, tickets for the band's two-night stand are still available at the Cat's Cradle Web site.
Two fantastic art shows involving music and local musicians: Lump Gallery's Good & Thuggy examines the cultural impact of hip hop through Oct. 28, and Michael Triplett and Dave Graedon have photographs and sculptures at Carrboro's The Metal Shop. Kerbloki plays the opening reception Oct. 13.
Clear Channel did some Triangle shuffling last week: WRDU switched from its long-running classic rock format to "The Rooster." Indeed, more contemporary country. We all need that. The dial entry for 100.7 lost its "The River" format to pick up the classic-rock slack. Trouble is, should anyone really care anymore?
Our annual year-in-music issue runs on Wednesday, Dec. 6. We're preparing a list of all CDs released by local bands this year, all the way from the handful of major-label albums to the hand-pressed, Sharpie-and-plastic sleeve EPs bands only sold at shows. If you've put something together, let us know with an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.