* Black Francis (aka Frank Black, aka Charles Thompson) will play a "solo acoustic show with special guest" Thursday, Feb. 14, at Mercy Lounge. How's that for a Valentine's Day date? The head Pixie so sneakily jammed this announcement past us that we nearly didn't notice, but here you have it. Black will be joined by Reid Paley, and tickets are on sale for $15 at this link. "No word on whether it's all about the back catalog or whether Mr. Black is road testing new material," says this guy. No Country for New Nashville thinks Pixies might play Bonnaroo, so even if you don't get to hear "Cactus" at Mercy Lounge, maybe you'll get to hear it this summer in Manchester.
* J. Tillman's project Father John Misty has gotten a lot of love over the past few months — his Sub Pop-released Fear Fun landed at No. 14 in Village Voice's annual Pazz and Jop albums poll, as a matter of fact. The indie rocker will hit Marathon Music Works on May 10, and tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. for $16 via this here link.
* And great news for fans of sweetie-pie indie pop: That girl from The New Girl and that guy from Monsters of Folk will play the Ryman on June 13. I'm talking about Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's She and Him, of course. June 13 is the first day of Bonnaroo 2013, so this one may be a tough call for fans of throaty schmaltz (Am I wrong?). Anyway, you have plenty of time to make a decision, but tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 2., for $40-$50 via this link.
Update your Cals — i and non-i — accordingly.