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Having one successful band just isn’t enough these days. If an enigmatic songwriter is to stand out in this music climate, he or she must inundate the public with material to stay relevant. So it goes for Bradford Cox, whose work with indie-rock band Deerhunter splintered off into Atlas Sound, the moniker for his solo material. Like Animal Collective’s Panda Bear—with whom he collaborated on 2009’s Logos—Cox uses Atlas Sound to dabble with more meditative, experimental tones. Its first album, 2008’s lauded Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel, is dreamy and aggressively lo-fi, with Cox recording each song within a matter of hours. Tonight, he comes to the Black Cat on the heels of the newly released Parallax, a more expansive, song-based collection that blurs the line between both outfits. Could a third project be far off? Atlas Sound performs at 8 p.m. at Black Cat. $15. (Matt Siblo)
Local singer/songwriter Meredith Bragg, he of angel voice and sonic doodads, performs at a holiday showcase with Addieville, The Boxelders, Charlie Harrison, and Astra Via (a group featuring Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay) 8 p.m. at Iota. $10.
Wow, tonight’s kind of rough. Christmas movies at AFI. No movies at American City Diner. But it’s Hanukkah! Real talk: Latkes with mushy insides are awful; shredded and slightly crispy is the way to go.