Saturday: Don Caballero at Meridian
While there are still nods to classic Don Cab via smatterings of syncopation, and occasional needlepoint guitar work, Che and his new family are moving in a markedly different direction, and one which is likely to confound unwary fans. The new Don Cab plays like your average hipster's iPod, running the gamut from post-punk, to jangly nouveau alt-country to straightforward indie-rock.
Though this may sound a bit disjointed, with such sudden and frequent shifts in style and momentum, it really serves as a philosophical extension of the sonic signatures of math-rock. Intentionally or not, Che has landed on a striking sonic conceit. Plus, the band is really damn good in each of its Sybil-esque incarnations.
With MM/DD/YYYY, 8 p.m. Saturday, February 7, at Meridian (Red Room), 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717 or www.meridianhouston.com.