Tonight, Tonight: Jon Anderson at the Lakewood Theater, Miami Horror at the Granada, Charlie Shafter at the Boiler Room and Black Tie Dynasty at 8.0

The end of the workweek is solidly in view as we cruise into Thursday. And lots of interesting national and local acts are parlaying their collective talent all over the area tonight...

Jon Anderson at the Lakewood Theater
Not John Anderson, the country singer but Jon Anderson, former vocalist and spiritual guru to aging progressive rockers, Yes. Sadly, Anderson was rather unceremoniously booted from Yes back in 2008 after suffering the effects of acute respiratory failure brought on by asthma. Talk about kicking a guy when he's down. Anyhow, Anderson is doing the solo acoustic thing these days and it's a done deal that he'll perform a couple of those Yes warhorses along with the glut of solo material he has amassed over the years. Perhaps Anderson might even pull out a few of those syrupy ballads he recorded way back in 1981 with electronic composer Vangelis? Even when the material is a bit sub-par, Anderson's vocals represent a voice of a genre.

Miami Horror at The Granada Theater
Although Melbourne, Australia's Miami Horror performs as a four-piece, the central focus of this electro-pop act is Benjamin Plant. Also a producer of note, Plant has remixed such acts as The Presets and Bloc Party. Miami Horror's recently issued debut, Illumination, is a dense collection of electronica that should help the band expand its already healthy fan base. Bouncing off the walls of the Granada on Miami Horror's first tour of North America, songs such as "Infinite Canyons" and "Holidays" should produce a trance-infused gateway to Nirvana--the destination not the band. Local combo Fizzy Dino Pop welcomes home a returning member (vocalist Yuria Hasimoto) and celebrates by being one of tonight's perfectly suited local opening acts (the other being Soft Environmental Collapse).

Charlie Shafter at The Boiler Room in Denton
Although originally from Minnesota, Charlie Shafter resides in Denton these days and his earthy alt-country certainly fits his new surroundings. Sadly, Shafter hasn't recorded an album since 2007's 17th & Chicago, but let's hope he's putting something together as the guy has a natural touch with mixing early Wilco with the gentle folk of John Gorka. Shafter is one guy who deserves to sound road weary, and such helps his words and music come across as even more authentic.

Black Tie Dynasty at 8.0 in Fort Worth
The resurrection continues on unabated.

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