TUESDAY

Celebrity siblinghood comes primarily in two flavors: the Stallone/Swayze school of hangers-on, and ne’er-do-wells and the Cusack/Wilson brand of overly talented successes. And though Will and Ned Oldham ain’t really celebrities—they just play folk rock, man—they can’t escape the paradigm. Will (who had a role in John Sayles’ Matewan, in addition to others) became the bigger-deal bro following the early incarnations of his Palace projects a decade ago, and through solo albums and his Bonnie Prince Billy moniker, the impression has persisted. And as Will retreats once again to pseudonym for his latest album, Master and Everyone, Ned emerges from the shadow not only of his brother’s work, but also of his own band, the Anomoanon (which may refer to either a late Victorian quack therapy or a Sam Raimi plot device). That band’s recordings, most recently Asleep Many Years in the Wood, deal in irresistibly easy shuffles that are equally twangy and languid. Thematically, Ned’s songs deal with alt-country fare more prosaic than his brother’s grizzled meditations on old age and unsexy sex. Maybe Ned’s just confused—what do you do if you’re the older brother of a man best known for embracing the geriatric? In any case, chances are you’ll be too busy reveling in his spot-on channeling of Neil Young’s high-register warble to give a shit about the lyrics. Listen to Ned Oldham sing like a Canadian as he plays with Bonnie Prince Billy and Long Live Death at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Mike DeBonis)