To-do: Monday 8/10

The Smoke & Barrel Tavern will be packed tonight. El Paso’s Zechs Marquise is playing and if you’re unfamiliar with them, here’s your chance to get acquainted.

The band is named after a character from a popular Japanese anime series but they’re also known for sharing a band member (and two family members) with The Mars Volta. Yes, that Mars Volta. Regardless of both trivia nuggets, however, Zechs Marquise’s music is fantastic.

For details on the band, check out this recent Fishpork interview. For details on the music, check out their MySpace page. For details on their live show, come on out and watch them tonight. See you there?

If prog rock isn’t your thing, there are other options. Take these, for example:

Ameroplace: TIMBER!, Focus Group, Falcon Buddies
Gypsy on College: Jovan Arellano
The Perk: Open acoustic jam
Pesto Cafe: Darren Ray
Powerhouse: Monday night open jam
Smoke & Barrel: Zechs Marquise, St. Anthony, A+ Setup
US Pizza Co: John & Kevin