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Daily Choices: What to do on Tuesday, April 30

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Music: Whereas Baltimore’s All Time Low has been known to unabashedly wear its collective influences on its collective sleeve, its latest record, “Don’t Panic,” has smoothed out the seams of all the band’s Frankensteined influences. Instead it arrives at its own jagged take on pop-infused punk. The result is a lot less ironic, and perhaps even a bit more mature while harkening back to the wide -eyed excitement of the band’s early days. Don’t sweat it, though; “Don’t Panic” still packs in the fun. All Time Low plays with Pierce the Veil tonight, 5:30 p.m. at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. $25-$30.

Literature: A Fundraiser for Tiger Bark Press, Rochester's newest independent publisher of fine poetry, will take place tonight, 7 p.m., at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.). Enjoy readings, wine and cheese, and enter a raffle. Admission is $5. For info, call 754-7279 or visit

Music: Portland-based band There Is No Mountain describes itself as “specializing in music that’s fun to play.” The duo is reminiscent of artists like Andrew Bird and Dirty Projectors, both of whom combine a love for folk/Americana music with psychedelic, chamber-pop qualities that set them apart from other, more traditional folk artists. The band was previously known as Ascetic Junkies, but has recently changed both its name and its “sonic direction” after its members had been writing music together for nearly a decade. The band just released its self-titled debut album under the new name. If this genre-defying, energetic album is any indication, the live show at Boulder this Tuesday is sure to be fun for everyone, audience and musicians alike. There Is No Mountain performs tonight, 8 p.m. at Bolder Coffee, 100 Alexander St. Free.

Art: Visit Oxford Gallery (267 Oxford St.) today, noon-5 p.m., to check out its new themed group exhibit, "The Four Humors." The show remains on view through June 1, with a reception on May 4. Admission is free. More info: 271-5885,

Music: The term “art rock” originated in the late 60s when artists like David Bowie and Brian Eno began to expand the conceived limits of rock music. By its very nature, the genre’s scope is immense, so to simply call Lazlo HoLLyfeld an art-rock band would be nearsighted. This Buffalo-based outfit is in the business of making instrumental, emotional journeys, blending the minimalism of post-rock with moments of vibrant, electro-infused beats, and atmospheric, jazzy experimentation. The sound is sweeping, tactile, and magnetic. It’s Explosions in the Sky meets a sleep-deprived Duke Ellington. Really. Check it out. Lazlo HoLLyfeld performs with B.C. Likes You! and Wisdom Kids tonight 9 p.m. at Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8.

Film: The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) will host the first film in the new Alternative Music Film Series tonight, 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a reception, a 30-minute video by Rochester Movie Makers chairman Stan Main, and an 8 p.m. performance by the UK band China Crisis. And speaking of China Crisis…

Music: UK’s canonical new-wave band China Crisis makes an ultra-rare appearance in the United States. China Crisis is best known stateside for “Arizona Sky” and the melancholy “Wishful Thinking.” The band shares attributes with fellow post-punk Liverpudlians Teardrop Explodes and OMD — namely smart lyrics and a moody, dancey, multi-dimensional synth aesthetic. The band’s genre-busting evolution through the 1980’s brought in one of the members’ own idols to produce subsequent projects, giving Steely Dan fans reason to scour record bins for “Flaunt the Imperfection,” finding signature touches of major dude Walter Becker best exemplified in tracks such as “You Did Cut Me” and “Wall of God.” The China Crisis discography is full of sparkling gems. China Crisis performs tonight, 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. This show kicks off the anticipated alternative-music film series curated by Lakeshore Record Exchange. While tickets are free, they are required. Call 276-8950 or visit for details.

Film: The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) will host a special screening of "The Invisible War" with remarks from Rep. Louise Slaughter tonight at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit