Big Gigantic

Updated 12/6/2012

Friday: Skyway Theatre is treated to womping livetronica from this dubstep-informed duo.

Big Gigantic

BIG GIGANTIC

9 p.m. • Skyway Theatre • 18-plus • $20-$25

After a womping headlining set at August's inaugural Summer Set festival, this equally jazz-, jam- and dubstep-informed two-piece brings its hybrid sound back to the Twin Cities market. Producer/saxman Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken's hard-dropping livetronica manages to appeal to both kids rocking 808 hats and/or Grateful Dead T-shirts. On the strength of its "Nocturnal" LP and a more-than-press-play live show, the Denver duo has enjoyed its most successful year to date. Ana Sia opens.MICHAEL RIETMULDER

LOW

8 p.m. • Cedar Cultural Center • $18-$20

Last seen in Minneapolis playing a cemetery gig, Low returns to one of the warmest listening rooms in town, where their icy, haunting songs always rise to another level. The beloved Duluth rockers followed up last year's well-received album "C'mon" with a quieter year in 2012, but they still toured the U.K. and were featured in an episode of the BYUtv series "Audio-Files." Look up clips from that show for a reminder of the magic they can work in a nice-sounding space. Songwriterly duo Germaine Gemberling and Rich Mattson (ex-Ol' Yeller) open. CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

THE PINES

8 p.m. • Varsity Theater • 18-plus • $15-$16

Another quiet and enchanting post-Thanksgiving option, the Pines are wrapping up a year of touring behind their third and best album for Red House Records, "Dark So Gold," in which Iowa-bred leaders David Huckfelt and Ben Ramsey expanded their songs' wide-open spaces and horizon-gazing lyricism while letting their impressive seven-man ensemble cut loose. Trampled by Turtles' electric offshoot Dead Man Winter squeezes in a rare-of-late opening gig alongside Molly Maher/Erik Koskinen band member Frankie Lee. C.R.

PONY TRASH

10 p.m. • Turf Club • 18-plus • $7

One of the year's most buzzed-about local bands, this reshuffling of scene vets from Poliça, the Chambermaids and Gospel Gossip are set to drop their debut EP with this post-Turkey Day celebration. Just five shoegazey nuggets, the eponymous offering is a psychedelic snack with slow-dripping riffs that amble and sway with a pop-inflected malaise of the Velvet Underground variety. Guitarist/singer Neil Weir's faint out-of-body murmurs pinned against a warbly canvas are as mood-setting as a flickering scented candle. Flavor Crystals, the Velveteens and Web of Sunsets open.M.R.

DAVE BOQUIST

8 p.m. • Wild Tymes, 33 W. 7th Pl., St. Paul • 18-plus • free

Boquist is best known nationally as a founding member of Son Volt, for whom he played lots of things with strings -- guitar, lap steel, fiddle, banjo, dobro. He's also recorded with Joe Henry, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion and Peter Bruntnell. Locally, he's known as one of St. Paul's friendliest part-time bartenders and a guest player on sessions by the Sycamores, the Honeydogs, et al. This week, he gets a whole evening to himself -- a showcase dubbed "Dave Boquist & Some Friends" -- where he'll play cool cover songs plus some originals. TOM SUROWICZ