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AT THE BOOTLEG THEATRE
Like the narrator, Mephistopheles himself, in the Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil,” Graveyard was and is omnipresent, here, there and everywhere malevolence and mayhem prevail. They were there, at least in spirit, in the times of Disraeli, when Cream churned a strange brew of blues, psychedelia, and hard rock; they were there in the Garden of Eden when Iron Butterfly turned the psychedelic rock into progressive metal; they were there at the California Jam in 1974, where, under a fake rainbow, Black Sabbath taught some stoned surfers a little something about Aleister Crowley; they were at Castle Donington, at the first Monsters of Rock in 1980, where thousands of sweaty kids celebrated their hard-rock heroes; they were there at SXSW 2006 when Austin’s own, The Sword, made it hip to dig retro-metal and swamp rock at the same time. Graveyard may be everywhere but they are from Sweden, the birthplace of Viking metal, and their self-titled debut is finally available stateside through Tee Pee Records. They are sharing the bill with labelmates Night Horse, who just released their first in a series of three split 7-inches. (Daniel Siwek)
Also playing Saturday:
SO MANY DYNAMOS, CAST SPELLS, KINCH at Spaceland; BRAND NEW, DIOS at the Troubadour; GIRL IN A COMA, MISS DERRINGER, KILLOLA at the Knitting Factory; DEVENDRA BANHART, ADAM TULLIE & GRED ROGOVE at Space 15 Twenty; SUZY WILLIAMS at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center; CAGE at El Rey Theatre; ANITA BAKER at the Pacific Amphitheatre; CRYSTAL ANTLERS at the Three Clubs; BLUE OYSTER CULT at the Canyon; GILBY CLARK, SUPERTONE, ELLIE SKY, OTHERS at the Viper Room; EFM, TERRAPLANE SUN, THE LOST MARAUDERS, THE LONELY DRUNKS CLUB at the Cat Club; MEN, DANCES WITH WHITE GIRLS, LEXICONDON, HEY WILLPOWER, OTHERS at the Echoplex; SEBASTIAN CLARK & NORMANDIE WILSON at McCabe’s; LIGHT, MAKC WINSTON & THE REFLECTIONS, WIDOWER, RENATO PARADA at Pehrspace; KIM FOWLEY’S HOLLYWOOD SEXUAL UNDERGROUND at the Redwood Bar.
SUNDAY JULY 19
THE B-52s at the Pacific Amphitheatre; ALICE PEACOCK, ALISSA MORENO at McCabe’s; THE DONNAS, PSYCHOSTAR, JESSIE DELUXE, THE RAINMAN SUITE at Alex’s Bar; SYD STRAW, RICH MAHAN, THE UNLAWFUL KINGS at the Echo (5 p.m.); JIM BIANCO, BROTHER SAL, BUDDY, HOLLY CONLAN, BRENDAN HINES, CHRIS PIERCE at the Hotel Cafe; DEAD WESTERN, FEATHERBEARD, PRIVATE BEACH at Echo Curio; ALL, BIG DRILL CAR at House of Blues.
MONDAY JULY 20
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE
AT HEART AT THE ECHO
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, from New York City, kick out fuzz-drenched twee-pop jams so addictively tuneful and knowingly droll that they almost make you forgive that beyond-dreadful band name. On their self-titled debut, released earlier this year on the recently revitalized Slumberland label, frontman Kip Berman sings about sex and romance with the sly frankness of the Vaselines — “Young Adult Friction,” one tune is excellently titled, while another is called “This Love is Fucking Right!” — over a chiming, hook-studded guitarscape that recalls the prime work of early-’90s college-radio faves such as Rocketship and Velocity Girl (the latter of whose Archie Moore mixed the disc). The Pains have picked up a huge amount of Internet hype over the last few months, which their music totally deserves; let’s just hope it doesn’t overpower what is an appealingly fragile sound. (Mikael Wood)
Also playing Monday:
JAPANESE MOTORS, THE GROWLERS, SWEATERS, GRAND ELEGANCE at the Echoplex; JOE NOLTE & MIKE NOLTE (THE LAST), SCOTT REYNOLDS, JR. JUGGERNAUT at Alex’s Bar; DIAMOND LIGHT, LAST AMERICAN BUFFALO, STEELWELLS, SPIRIT VINE at the Silverlake Lounge; ROYAL CHORD, LEYNA NOEL & THE FINER THINGS at the Smell; DEVENDRA BANHART at Space 15 Twenty; ANDY CLOCKWISE, LITTLE RED RADIO, PTERODACTYL at Spaceland.
TUESDAY JULY 21
MICACHU & THE SHAPES
AT THE ECHO
What’ll pop trash sound like 100 years from now? Like Micachu & the Shapes, maybe. They’re a very young English trio fronted by one Mica Levi, often seen chopping away deadpan at an oddly tuned miniature guitar — cheap at 10 pounds Sterling – while Raisa Khan warps out the jagged electro programs on her even chintzier synth and drummer Marc Pell flails desperately trying to keep up. The group’s recent Jewellery release on Rough Trade is a joyful mess of quirkily fruggable impetuousness that mongrelizes Ms. Levi’s haphazardly clever bedroom-indie tunes with the kind of joltingly dissonant one-finger synth patterns that bend the ear because they are blissfully free of any adult-style conventions about what constitutes normal tonality, or responsible behavior, for that matter. And the funny thing is, after a few spins it all sounds bloody logical. (John Payne)