Mike G's Picks, In Case You Hate Baseball


Nicole Atkins plays the Beachland Thursday.
This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: The Tribe’s late-night win over Boston on Saturday was just what the team needed. They return to the Jake at 7 tonight. The game’s officially sold out. But we’re pretty sure you can find a few tickets – if you’re willing to look around and pay for them. Otherwise, just pull up a stool at any of the bars near the stadium. Rumor has it they’ll be showing the game. Tuesday: If you haven’t seen the video for Mute Math’s “Typical," watch it right now right now. The New Orleans rockers perform the song in reverse, and while it’s easy to tag the band as this season’s OK Go (newbies make a splash with a gimmicky clip), there’s more substance running through Mute Math’s grooves. Its self-titled debut blends new-wave synth bleeps, U2-style riffs, and enough rafter-shaking anthems to fill a medium-size concert hall. They’re at House of Blues. Wednesday: High on Fire have made the year’s best metal album. Death Is This Communion rocks harder than anything we’ve heard this year. Plus, it’s got some trippy, nearly avant-metal noise blasts floating in and out the grooves. We still don’t get the whole devil imagery thing, though. They’re at the Grog Shop. Thursday: Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins’ debut CD, Neptune City, pays nostalgic tribute to her New Jersey home. But the album’s 10 songs sound like they were ushered in from not only another era but also from an entirely different solar system. Atkins – a torch-song chanteuse who often rides on Radiohead’s surrealistic wavelength -- supplies Neptune City with its dreamy, lyrical soundscapes. She’s at the Beachland. Friday: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is looking an awful lot like the AST Dew Tour these days. Motorcyclists rev up inside a giant sphere, BMXers wow crowds with gravity-defying stunts, and a clown with Vanilla Ice’s old haircut jumps rope on top of a Wheel of Steel. Check it out at the Q through October 28. -- Michael Gallucci

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