Corin Tucker calls her debut album "more of a middle-aged mom record." Oh, that many middle-aged moms could rock like this.
The founding member of seminal riot grrls Sleater-Kinney and mother of two last week launched her first tour as the Corin Tucker Band, the trio she formed with Sara Lund (Unwound) and Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears).
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Tucker's first album, 1,000 Years, came out Oct. 5 on Kill Rock Stars, and while it's a step away from the sonically jagged rock of her former trio, it still roars with the 37-year-old singer-guitarist's indomitable spirit and gnarly guitar. (Sample the goods here.) With the help of producer/arranger Seth Lorinczi, the songs are fleshed out with strings and keyboards.
Besides playing in Tucker's band, Lorinczi's band with Juliana Bright, Golden Bears, is supporting Tucker on this initial tour. Tonight's show at the El Rey Theatre also features an opening set from local quartet Wait. Think. Fast.
Elsewhere: Off! -- the new quartet featuring a lot of familiar names (Keith Morris, Dimitri Coats, Mario Rubalcaba and Steven McDonald), celebrates its EP release with a show at Club Lingerie that follows a 7 p.m. in-store at Amoeba. ... U.K. pop hitmakers James ("Born of Frustration," 'Laid") are back; they visit on the heels of releasing their 10th album, The Morning After the Night Before, for a show at the Music Box, supported by Ed Harcourt. ... And Dutch indie-rockers Bettie Serveert, still going strong with their eighth album Pharmacy of Love, plays Spaceland, with Long Beach's the Fling opening.
Also: Frightened Rabbit and Plants and Animals at the Mayan; Gogol Bordello at Club Nokia; Matt Costa at the Troubadour; the Acorn and Stone Darling at the Echo; El Ten Eleven and Baths at the Bootleg Theater; Go West Young Man and Square on Square at the Silverlake Lounge; Cinjun Tate (of Remy Zero) at 3 Clubs; Exile at Low End Theory at the Airliner; Viva City at the Viper Room; Brujeria at the House of Blues; Dancing Heals at the Hotel Cafe; and Minus Ned at the Mint.