The next-to-last mixtape of the year features the worldly sounds of Caetano Veloso, Mum and Vieux Farka Toure, local sounds from Benjy Ferree, Thao Nguyen and Georgie James, and twangy sounds from Robert Earl Keen and Alejandro Escovedo. All those and a dozen more, after the jump.
"Is There a Ghost" -- Band of Horses (Nov. 2, 9:30 Club)
If you like your indie rock big, boomy and echoy, no band today is doing it better than this Sub Pop sextet. Think My Morning Jacket with a dash of Snow Patrol.
"Feet Asleep" -- Thao Nguyen (Nov. 4, Galaxy Hut)
You'll be hearing more from this Falls Church native when she releases her Kill Rock Stars debut in January. For now, enjoy this lovely, catchy indie-folk shuffle.
"Dancing Behind My Eyelids" -- Mum (Nov. 7, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
Icelandic electronic group cooks up some deceptively catchy, plenty glitchy beats and throws in some nice male-female vocals, to boot.
"Sangare" -- Vieux Farka Toure (Nov. 8, Lisner Auditorium)
On his debut album, the son of late African great Ali Farka Toure provides an excellent update on his father's unique Malian take on blues-folk.
"Doubter of Jesus (All Over You)" -- Chuck Prophet (Nov. 10, Iota)
Veteran singer-songwriter always delivers the goods and adds some textured beats and a children's choir to this track from his latest, "Soap and Water."
"Leaving the Nest (It's a Long Way Down)" -- Benjy Ferree (Nov. 11, Galaxy Hut)
Local backporch folk favorite just got off a tour opening for the New Pornographers and will play a stripped down show at everyone's favorite Arlington hangout.
"Aspen Tree" -- Barbez (Nov. 11, Velvet Lounge)
Uber-eclectic Brooklyn collective pays tribute to Holocaust survivor and poet Paul Celan on new album "Force of Light." This is a spooky, cinematic song featuring theremin and clarinet in addition to the usual rock instrumentation.
"Today Is Gonna Be Mine" (stream) -- David Kilgour (Nov. 14, DC9)
Leader of New Zealand rock GODS the Clean makes the long, long flight over for a solo tour. This track from his 2001 album "A Feather in the Engine" is psych-pop at its finest.
"I Went to the Hospital" -- Cass McCombs (Nov. 15, Jammin' Java)
"I want to be famous / For falling in love," McCombs sings, at once sounding fragile, vulnerable and excited. His simple indie-folk tunes are hypnotic and almost always mesmerizing.
"Mirror on You" -- Enon (Nov. 15, Rock and Roll Hotel)
Electro-indie-rockers have always had a "kitchen sink" approach to their tunes, with thick synths, noisy guitars, spazzy vocals and other assorted mayhem.
"Don't Cry No Tears" (YouTube video) -- Neil Young (Nov. 15-16, Constitution Hall)
A live clip of this "Zuma" gem from a Neil and Crazy Horse in 1976. Obviously, there are few things in the world greater than this.
"More Lights" -- Georgie James (Nov. 16, Black Cat)
Hard to believe these local faves haven't appeared on a mixtape yet. This bouncy tune that features John Davis and Laura Burhenn trading lead vocals on the verses and teaming up during the chorus is my favorite on their excellent debut, "Places."
"Angeles" -- Ghostface Killah (Nov. 18, 9:30 Club)
Arguably the best MC going today teams up with the always on-point MF Doom for this track from their still forthcoming collaboration, "Swift & Changeable."
"The Swish" -- The Hold Steady (Nov. 20, 9:30 Club)
Maybe the best song in the Hold Steady canon -- which is high praise, indeed -- with Craig Finn spitting out some of his best alliterative rhymes over some vicious buzzsaw guitars.
"Back in Your Head" -- Tegan & Sara (Nov. 24, Lisner Auditorium)
Canadian twin sisters deliver one of the best pop songs of the year. Don't believe me? Listen to that plinky piano and insanely catchy vocal hook and tell me it's not stuck in your head for the next hour.
"Five Hearts Breaking" -- Alejandro Escovedo (Nov. 30, Wolf Trap)
It took a life threatening illness and a star-studded tribute album for Escovedo to receive his due credit as one of America's best songwriters, but once people started discovering tracks like this one, acclaim was instant.
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