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Curious Quail

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Mike Shirley-Donnelly's Curious Quail has evolved from a one-man project to a full band.

THANK YOU, Mike Shirley-Donnelly, for taking back clever titles from the emo and math bands. The San Jose singer/songwriter started Curious Quail as a channel for solo acoustic songs, but what it's become is infinitely more bizarre—and fascinating. Now songs like "Secret Lives of Retail Monkeys" and "Yesterday I Watched the World End" are wrapped in electro beats that may spin off into unexpected, soaring directions at any time. His one-man project has become a six-man band, adding to the epic drama of a sound that juxtaposes starkly with the immediate intimacy of the lyrics.

Blank Club

Wed, Nov. 30

9pm, free

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