I don’t know a local music fan who doesn’t cancel all of her plans when she hears the words “free show,” and it’s even better when it’s a good show at a good venue. Tonight, Cafe du Nord will host two amazing local bands – Tartufi (Feature Podcast) and The Dont’s (Feature Podcast) – as well as Idaho indie/experimental trio Finn Riggins.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Tartufi in the coming months as they finish up and release their new album Nests of Waves and Wire, a follow-up to their deservingly well-received 2006 album Us Upon Buildings Upon Us. Their songs, which result from endless experimenting, range from 5+ minute instrumental guitar rock to elegant pop. They’re one of the most musically diverse bands in the SF scene, and without an ounce of disarray.

There is a great interview by Miss Ess at Amoeba here where Lynne and Brian talk about the album and some of their favorite local and non-local artists. It also includes a nice list of upcoming Tartufi shows. Aside from the hard work on their album, they have been busy with other music-related projects, such as the Saturday Morning Rock Out (a rock school for kids ages 4-7) and working with their collective Thread Productions.

The Dont’s, who recently returned from a tour of the Pacific Northwest, are a Bay Area staple for those looking for an entertaining and unpredictable live show. And partnered with Finn Riggins, whose music has been described as “genres in a blender,” this show promises to be captivating and fun. The show starts at 8:30 and is free. Get there early.