I find it fascinating that out of all the birds there are on the whole planet with interesting names, habits, habitats, plumage and diets, the two biggest bands named after birds here in the Twin Cities are both named after the same type of bird: the owl. Of course, owls are an ovi-genus in themselves, and the differences between, say, a Sokoke Scops Owl and the Common Hoot Owl are about as many as between us and our own genus-mates, the marmoset. We may not be that different on the cellular level, but have you ever seen a marmoset ask for a second cup of coffee? Conversely, have you ever seen a full-grown man bite his own butt?
Such is the difference between local band The Owls and local band Melodious Owl. While the former plays mellow, sweet-sounding dreamy pop songs, Melodious Owl is a crazy, disco-influenced ensemble that uses rhythm tracks that sound like typewriters and sing songs about velour and Al Pacino. Neither band - so far as I know - has written any songs about owls as of this date.
Following Melodious Owl's performance this Monday will be a showing of the Nicholas Ray classic film, "Rebel Without a Cause," featuring the late, lovely and talented and James Dean in his most memorable role.
M Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Free.
The music business is not usually very kind to artistic performers who won't play by the rules. When a beret-wearing hipster's debut wins a Grammy for best new artist, said artist is supposed to do the same thing over and over again until the formula wears out.
Lucky for us, Rickie Lee Jones has always done pretty much whatever she wanted. Always a class act, she's recorded pop, jazz, and folk songs, released entire collections of Jones covering other people's music, and a handful of brilliant live albums that give one a tiny glimpse of what her live performances might be like. That said, you can expect to hear just about anything from her past and recent catalog at the Pantages this Friday night, and whatever she does decide to do on stage, it's sure to be brilliant.
F Aug. 5, 8 p.m.Historic Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. S. $38. (651) 989-5151, www.hennepintheatredistrict.com.
Holly Day can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.