Superior native Erik Pearson is best known for his work as a painter, the most visible local examples being his murals in Superior’s Trade and Commerce Building and the back-alley doors of the Palace Bar and Who’s Bar. For many years his second identity was as the wild one-man band known as the Infamous Dr. Thunder. After moving to St. Paul, he met up with Josh Murray and the two connected over similar tastes in music, visual art, geography and libations. Of course, it turns out Murray had lived in Superior a handful of years. Armed with “ill-conceived notions of grandeur” they formed the Old Smugglers, a transient circus of junkyard shanty rock and “undeserved confidence.” In November they released their second album, Aleatorium.

9:45pm Wed 5/4 at Gopher Lounge