Back when he fronted Page France, Michael Nau played folksy indie-pop sparked by various band members’ inclination to keep things moving. With his new duo, Cotton Jones, Nau teams up with Whitney McGraw (also a Page France alum), who unplug and drift through sleepytime songs that rarely shake out of their crusty-eyed doze. Parts of their debut album, Paranoid Cocoon, ease into the grooves, like the willowy “Gotta Cheer Up” (which sounds a little like X on ’ludes); other times, all the whistling (like on “By Morning Light”) makes them sound like a flightless Andrew Bird. But don’t let the laid-back strings and harmonies fool you: Beneath the warm and cozy melodies are some caustic words about broken hearts and lonely souls. Hurray for the Riff Raff and the Woovs open at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $7. — Michael Gallucci
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