I first saw Rogue Wave in 2006 at a dingy Phoenix art gallery by the name of The Modified. What stuck out most was how well the band played live, and how powerfully they represented their spectacular album, Descended Like Vultures. Four years of touring and heaps of television and film placements later, Rogue Wave are headed our way again with gloomy folk-rockers Midlake — whose own tour includes stops in Gothenberg, Paris and Istanbul — in support of this year’s The Courage of Others. It’s a bit of a treat to catch both of these esteemed indie barons on the same stage. Although most of the musicians in Midlake are trained jazz cats, their breed of Fleetwood Mac-ish, psychedelic folk rock will make for a one-of-a-kind pairing with Rogue Wave’s intelligently playful pop tunes. So polish off a couple drinks in celebration of the completion of the week’s hump-day, and enjoy some independent music that merits the term “world class.”
And if you want to read more, check out this feature on Rogue Wave or this feature on Midlake in which guitarist Eric Pulido uses the word "verklempt." The show tonight starts at 9 p.m. and will cost you $17 if you didn't buy tix in advance.