On Real Emotional Trash, the fourth solo-with-a-band album hes made since Pavement turned to dust, Stephen Malkmus spends more time satisfying his hankering for wavy-gravy guitar-god jams than he does indulging our desire for catchy indie-rock tunes. Sitting in your living room, you might find its easy to miss the tunes, but from the Bowerys stage, the Trash material should take on the triptastic life it was designed to leadespecially with former Sleater-Kinney bash-and-crasher Janet Weiss behind the kit (and especially after youve had a few beers). Another plus: would-be hits from Malkmuss other solo-with-a-band discs (request Jenny and the Ess-Dog, whose charms havent faded a bit). Opener John Vanderslice, in addition to being a prolific producer, is one of indie rocks deepest thinkers: When he writes a song about war, you dont have to remind yourself to pay attention.
Mon., March 31, 8 p.m., 2008