The new autumn concert season starts strong this week, with live performances by Who's Bad, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, DJ/rupture, Ramona Falls, Elmwood, and the Kyle Hollingsworth Band.
NOTEWORTHY: Ford pardons Nixon, 1974.
BIRTHDAYS: Singer-songwriter Neko Case, 1970; grownup child star Henry Thomas, 1971.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
This is a Michael Jackson tribute act. When is the right time to be a Michael Jackson tribute act? Now.
NOTEWORTHY: Attica prison uprising begins, 1971.
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
For weeks now the press materials for this touring burlesque group have been making us laugh. One reads, "Faster pussycat, KVETCH! KVETCH!" Maybe you had to be there, but this will be an entertaining night featuring comedy, dance and, we hope, the musical question "What's in gefilte fish?"
Orpheum Theatre's Stage Door, 8:30 pm
Three indie-pop bands from New York City -- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Depreciation Guild and Cymbals Eat Guitars -- show off the skills and style that have made them favorites over at Pitchfork. Read more about the Depreciation Guild's Nintendo-based dream pop in this week's Tour Stop.
The Annex, 9 pm
The internationally touring turntablist touches down in Dairyland with his syncretic, expansively interesting sound, which leavens electronica with global sounds. With Max Justus.
NOTEWORTHY: Steffi Graf wins U.S. Open to complete Grand Slam, 1988.
BIRTHDAYS: Underrated actress Amy Irving, 1953; rapper Big Daddy Kane, 1968.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
Ramona Falls is the brainchild of Portland, Ore.'s Brent Knopf, the Menomena member who tapped more than 30 musicians to record the debut release Intuit. It has a moody, keyboardy rock sound that we like. With Sleep Comes Down.
High Noon Saloon, 10 pm
If you missed last week's O.A.R. concert, this week's show by that group's Nashville-based tour mates is bound to appease your appetite for jam-rock while piquing your interest in jazz fusion. Baghdad Scuba Review opens.
Majestic Theatre, 10 pm
The keyboard virtuoso of the String Cheese Incident and one-man homebrewing machine visits town to preview his forthcoming solo album, Then There's Now, scheduled to drop Sept. 15, and toss back a few brewskis with the local jam-band crowd. With Euforquestra.