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Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship and Dark Dark Dark 

Since 2006, the Eastern Bloc-influenced Bywater crew Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? has contracted and expanded like bandleader Walt McClements' accordion — at times slimming down to a sextet, at others swelling to as many as 10, a musical co-op swapping members with familial neighbors Hurray For the Riff Raff and the Panorama Jazz Band. McClements, who plays with both groups, similarly vacillates between forlorn gypsy jazz and big-band folk rock, seamlessly changing outfits and countries like a foreign diplomat but never losing the local signifiers imparted by a sousaphone's anchor and a second line's stutter. Big Ship's third self-released album, Of Resolutions and Resolve, is due this fall. Dark Dark Dark, also featuring McClements, opens. Admission $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Oct. 7

Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? with Dark Dark Dark

10 p.m. Thursday

AllWays Lounge, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778; www.marignytheatre.org

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