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

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


Ray 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.

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