12 WED • MUSIC Blink 182’s “DollaBill Tour”— At a time when the average concert ticket will cost you $25 and the price of a CD ranges anywhere from 12 to 20 smackaroos, it’s hard to believe that American teenagers can even afford to rock out. That is why a huge metal sign, followed closely by some heartfelt air pistols, goes to our favorite low-brow, emo-punk, frosted hair silly boys, Blink 182 — their latest tour, dubbed the “Dollabill Tour” will only set fans back a buck. Bring on the liberty spikes, the chain-belts and the Chuck Taylors … for the paltry price of a king-sized Snickers bar or a can of Mountain Dew, nouveau-”punks” everywhere will be able to check out their favorite TRL merrymakers. Appearing at Clutch Cargo’s (65 E. Huron, Pontiac) with Bubba Sparxxx and the Kinison. Call 313-333-2362 for (cheap) ticket information.
13 THU • MUSIC Charles Lloyd Quintet — In the ’60s, Charles Lloyd was one of the biggest draws in jazz. While jazz’s New York-based cutting edge was pegged as militant, saxophonist Lloyd radiated California’s Aquarian-age sunshine. Then he dropped out of sight for a stretch in the ’70s, came back in the ’80s, and entered a sort of renaissance in the ’90s. His last record, Lift Every Voice (ECM), had its stomping, snorting numbers — reminding listeners that Lloyd spent time on the chitlin’ circuit with B.B. King — but more often reached for a meditative grace; the title track, the folk standard “Wayfaring Stranger” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” for instance, were rendered somewhere between ballads and prayers. Lloyd’s traveling group includes two of the stars from the record — guitarist John Abercrombie and former Detroit pianist Geri Allen — and adds former Detroiter Robert Hurst on bass and Eric Harland on drums. At the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor). Call 734-764-2538 or 800-221-1229.
14 FRI • MUSIC The Telefon Tel Aviv — Behind the backs of many would-be music innovators, Chicago’s Telefon Tel Aviv has crept quietly into indie-godhead status. Though their electronic-meets-organic ethos is yet another foray into the genre amalgamation madness that has defined popular music for the last decade, members Joshua Eustis and Charlie Cooper say that what they are looking for is a “new musical language.” Both multi-instrumentalists and computer whizzes, the blending of acoustic and electronic techniques has established them as bona fide musicians and performers. Their second LP, Map of What Is Effortless, is due in late January on Hefty Records. Appearing at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward, Detroit) with Midwest Product and Ectomorph. Call 313-833-9700 for ticket information.
15 SAT • MUSIC World Premiere of “Once Upon a Castle” —Attention old movie buffs: As part of the “Masters of Movie Music” concert, the Michigan Theater presents an aural odyssey through both classic movies and classical composers. Not only will concertgoers have the rare opportunity to experience the thrilling sound of the rarely heard concert organ, but they will hear for the very first time the song, “Once Upon a Castle” (an homage to the movie Citizen Kane), by contemporary composer Michael Daugherty. Other featured songs will include Copland’s “The Red Pony,” Korngold’s “Suite from Robin Hood” and John Williams’ “Theme for Schindler’s List.” See it at the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor). Call 734-668-8480 for ticket information.
15 SAT • ISSUES & LEARNING Tibetan Monks Perform “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing” — Don’t let the presence of the über-unctuous Hollywood glitterati turn you off: As part of their international tour of the Mystical Arts of Tibet, the Drepung Loseling monks will share rituals that were until very recently all but unknown to people outside of the Tibetan community. The performance of rituals will feature multiphonic singing (wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord) and the playing of traditional instruments such as the 10-foot long dungchen trumpet. The basic purpose of this tour is threefold: to raise money for the Tibetan refugee community in India; to generate awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization and to encourage world peace and healing. At the Creative Arts Center (47 Williams, Pontiac). Call 248-333-7841 for more information.