Friday: Asobi Seksu. Indy rock from NYC. Pop-rock that comes at you in waves, sometimes lush, sometimes crushing. The words come at you sometimes in English, sometimes Japanese. Ithaca's own The Splendors open, and they, too, shall rock. At the Carl Becker House, Cornell. 9 pm.
Jamie Notarthomas. Singer-songwriter from Syracuse who has played GrassRoots Festival, and many venues in the northeast. Considerably quieter than Asobi Seksu, no doubt, but intense enough, in the way of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. The Nines, 10 pm.
Saturday: Jeremy Kittel Trio. The Crossing Borders Series presents one of the top young traditional fiddlers in the U.S. Jeremy appeared on "Prairie Home Companion" earlier this month. Club Euphoria, 115 N. Cayuga St., 8 pm. Tickets $12. Available in advance at Small World Music.
Ti-Ti Chickapea, with Chugge Khan of Musafir. Eric Aceto, Hank Roberts, and Richie Stearns of Ti-Ti Chickapea are plenty of music on their own. But tonight they are with special guest Chugge Khan, percussionist for Musafir, the band from India who emerged as the wowingest act at GrassRoots Festival this year. Chugge plays castanets and jew's harp and seems to extract music directly from spirits around him. He also has a beatific smile, and a pretty nice wardrobe. Chapter House, 10 pm.
(Note: Musafir returns to Ithaca for a Crossing Borders performance at Club Euphoria on 7 October. Tickets available now at Small World Music. )
Sunday: Mike Stark. Ithaca's best keyboard player, at Ithaca's best spot for Sunday brunch, the ABC Cafe. 11 am.
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