Electronic dibble-dabbler Will Wiesenfelds’ latest album under the name ‘Baths’ is called Obsidian and the title belies a bit the dark path that lead to the creation of most of the album. A near-fatal grappling with illness had Wiesenfeld recuperating for quite a while and with recuperation’s influence, a more sweeping and moody album comes forth. Fans shouldn’t be hesitant to dig in to the new stuff — Wiesenfeld layers beats and dainty orchestration just so to create a lovely soundscape that couldn’t be mistaken for anything but Baths. Catch the new material live at Turner Hall Ballroom and pick up a copy of the new LP there, too. 8pm, all-ages.
Also, tonight, stick out the weather for the first week of downtown musical institution, Jazz in the Park in WMSE’s literal backyard (Cathedral Square Park). The Extra Crispy Band will provide sizzling sounds even if the weather is a bit less than sizzling. 5pm, all-ages.
Finally, leave some room for punk legends, the Dead Milkmen. Their appearance at Shank Hall comes on the heels of a recent album (2011’s The King In Yellow) and undoubtedly they will pull material from that, but will leave plenty of room for old favorites. “When I drive past the kids /They all spit and cuss /Cause I’ve got a bitchin’ Camaro / And they have to ride the bus”. Yep. Some songs just never get old. 8pm, 21+