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