What to Do Tonight: Grant Lee Phillips

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Grant Lee Phillips has been surfing the waves of cult stardom for a while now. He spent the ’90s fronting Grant Lee Buffalo, who opened for Pearl Jam and R.E.M. They broke up at the end of the decade, and Phillips started crafting solo albums — beginning with 2000’s Ladies Love Oracle — which showcase his dreampop croon and moody tunes. Spurred by the birth of his daughter, last year’s lovely Little Moon stands as his most upbeat outing (the leadoff track, “Good Morning Happiness,” is a delightful ray of sunshine). Phillips has a theatrical streak that separates him from most melancholy singer-songwriters. His 2006 acoustic covers album re-imagined some of his favorites ’80s tunes by Pixies, New Order, and the Cure. And he served as Stars Hollow’s wandering troubadour on The Gilmore Girls. The L.A.-based Phillips also has been involved in the city’s alternative-comedy scene. Be sure to track down his R-rated musical collaboration with Margaret Cho on YouTube. He plays the Beachland Tavern at 7:30 p.m., with the Winter Pills opening and sitting in with Phillips. Tickets: $15. —Michael Berick

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