A fusion of home-grown and New York-based talent occurs tonight on the Aster’s small corner stage. Benjamin Cartel garnered fans for his role in Kaiser Cartel, but for him it was a mere pause in a long solo career. He’s back in the studio by his lonesome lately, having just released Money and Love, his first solo EP. Cartel’s style is a mix of vintage pop vibes (check out “No One“) and indie rock (“Money and Love“). The EP is patched together with songs he wrote before Kaiser Cartel took off and songs he recorded more recently, so his musical evolution is contained in one record. He recruited some of the Melismatics to serve as backing band and musical collaborators, who are unplugging for the evening and deeming themselves The Rising Tides (after the name of their latest album). Top notch music, up close and intimate. Grab a tumbler of wine and settle in. 9 p.m. $6. —EK

Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-379-3138, astercafe.com