Tegan & Sara hail from Canada and write acoustic pop songs with a bright and playful new-wave edge. The twin sisters' harmonies add a sense of refinement to their punky tracks, which get dolled up with Moog organ and light string arrangements on their new album, "So Jealous." Openers Marjorie Fair hail from Los Angeles and play sophisticated singer/songwriter pop in the vein of Coldplay. The bands join Communique at 9 p.m. today at The Granada, 1020 Mass.
With a love for everything Neil Young, Tom Waits and Wilco, Kansas City's Buffalo Saints play a remarkable catalog of their own No Depression toe-tappers. Songs about heartbreak and learning to live with being lonely dominate the still-young band's set lists and brand new disc "Walking the Dead." The group plays host to a CD release party along with opener Arthur Dodge at 10 p.m. Saturday at Eighth Street Tap Room, 801 N.H.
Although death by supermodel or death by French cuisine would probably be a better way to depart this earth, Death by Stereo is not a bad choice either. The Southern California band has always found a comfortable mix of chaos and consciousness with a sonic style that closes the idealistic boundaries between metal and hardcore. The band's latest disc, "Death For Life," again proves that the five-piece act is often unrivaled in its fury. Death By Stereo joins Alkaline Trio and Flee the Seen at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Granada, 1020 Mass.
'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" chronicles the struggles and joys of a 1930s Southern family whose lives are dramatically changed by the trial of a black man. The story of a father's efforts to teach his children to be ethically strong in the face of violent bigotry is eloquently told through the eyes of his young daughter, known to readers as Scout. High school students close out their Summer Youth Theatre season this weekend with a stage adaptation of the well-loved book. Don Schawang directs the show, which plays at 7:30 p.m. today - Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
'The Art of Kansas'
With a palette that extends beyond the celebrated Flint Hills, artists have depicted the state's landscapes in paintings, pastels, drawings and textiles in "The Art of Kansas," an exhibition that opened in early June at Signs of Life Gallery, 722 Mass. Area artists such as Robert Sudlow, Paul Hotvedt, Judith Mackey, Terence Koehn and Justin Marable are featured. Independent art critic Don Lambert, who curated the show and knows many of the artists personally, will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.