Pub date January 31, 2007

Feb. 3


Tin Hat

At first I was going to use the most sprawling hyphenate ever coined in music journalism history to describe the curious riddles composed by Bay Area legends Tin Hat (formerly Tin Hat Trio), but how about this instead: Charles Mingus, Philip Glass, and Astor Piazzolla do lunch in a Paris café and score the soundtrack for a supernatural western. Blurring genre boundaries with envy-inducing ease, the group mixes the improvisational spirit of jazz and the concert hall elegance of a chamber ensemble with folk traditions from far and wide. (Todd Lavoie)

8:15 p.m., $20
Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez, SF
(415) 454-5238



Loop pedals, those clunky gizmos that allow a single player to assume the scope of a full band, are often enablers of self-indulgence, but Minneapolis’s Dosh (first name Martin) is one of the few who seem capable of layering their own riffs and percussive hits and coming out with something inspired. A drummer first and foremost, Dosh builds his compositions on complex syncopated rhythms, with other instrumentation shading the sinewy beats with softer hues. (Max Goldberg)

With Thee More Shallows
and Kyoto Beat Orchestra
10 p.m., $10
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St., SF
(415) 621-4455