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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Tough decisions: Wild Flag, OMD, Tyondai Braxton or Ray Kurzweil?

By David Malitz

ray kurzweilRay Kurzweil will make you feel inferior Thursday night. (Wikipedia Commons)

Thursday is one of those nights we get mad at science for not yet figuring out how to clone humans. Seriously, what have you been up to lately, science? (A good question to ask Ray Kurzweil, actually.) There are plenty of excellent shows but you can only choose one. Which will it be?

Wild Flag (Black Cat)

Why you should go: Because with a band featuring former Sleater-Kinney members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, plus underrated guitar superhero Mary Timony of Helium and Rebecca Cole of the Minders, this supergroup can’t possibly disappoint.

Why you shouldn’t: Maybe we’ve set the bar so absurdly high that anything less than an evening of life-changing rock catharsis will feel like a letdown?

OMD (9:30 Club)

Why you should go: Because you’re just not going to hear a better song than “Enola Gay” anywhere else.

Why you shouldn’t: Because 1980 was a long, long time ago.

Tyondai Braxton and Wordless Orchestra (Library of Congress)

Why you should go: It’s a free concert at the Library of Congress featuring one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade.

Why you shouldn’t go: You definitely won’t be able to sing along to anything.

Ray Kurzweil (6th and I Historic Synagogue)

Why you should go: Because this dude is one of the smartest humans on the planet and he created some of the most insane synthesizers ever basically as a lark.

Why you shouldn’t go: You’ll feel like such an idiot-failure after listening to him speak about technology, “the singularity” and life extension, you won’t even want to live to be 190 years old.

By David Malitz  | March 10, 2011; 12:08 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  OMD, Ray Kurzweil, Tyondai Braxton, Wild Flag  
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Pulling the Braxton>Wild Flag double-header. Hoping Wild Flag go on a few minutes late although I think I should be able to make it over by 10:30.

Posted by: azaghal1981 | March 10, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You left off other great events tonight:

Suphala and guests (tabla player w/ clarinet, trumpet and percussionists) at 7:30 & 9:30 at the Monsoon Club at K. Ctr.

Eileen Torres in the Artisphere Dome Theater presents a multi media presentation punctuated with vintage film and music clips of 15 women that broke the gender barrier in salsa. Anacaona-10 Cuban sisters; Myrta Silva, lead singer for Sonora Matancera; La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Yolanda Rivera and La India are a few.

Jowell & Randy (Puerto Rico) at Ibiza(reggaeton)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Lisner (South African singers)

Eli Paperboy Reed at RnR Hotel

Posted by: outsider8 | March 10, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe we’ve set the bar so absurdly high that anything less than an evening of life-changing rock catharsis will feel like a letdown?"

1. The bar was set just that high.
2. There was no let down. If anything, it exceeded even those lofty expectations.

Posted by: Ian17 | March 11, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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