Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang wash up on Monster Island

 The Wonder Show of the World, Will Oldham’s new album under his Bonnie “Prince” Billy guise, falls into the inscrutable alt-country bard’s slow-and-low indie-folk tradition (as opposed to his boozed-up bar-band tradition, his Appalachian-creepazoid tradition, or his Music City old-timer tradition). Recorded primarily with well-traveled sessioner Shahzad Ismaily and Microphones/Mount Eerie dude Phil Elverum, Wonder Show is also the loveliest thing Oldham has released in some time; the album’s best cut, “The Sounds Are Always Begging,” could almost be an alternate-universe John Mayer ballad. (Sorry, indie purists!) Tonight, Oldham, Ismaily, and guitarist Emmett Kelly showcase the disc with an early gig at 8 and a late show at 10:15.
Thu., April 1, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Fri., April 2, 8 p.m., 2010
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