Alan Bishop must like living in hot, arid deserts. He formed the oddball experimental-jazz-noise-improvisational combo Sun City Girls with his brother Richard Bishop in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1979. Throughout his long musical odyssey, which includes a collaboration with The Velvet Underground’s Maureen Tucker in Paris 1942, Bishop has always been interested in unusual sounds and world-music influences. A few years ago, he found himself in Cairo, where he started The Invisible Hands, an unusual project with Cherif El Masri. The band’s 2013 self-titled album (which features both English and Arabic versions) encompasses cracked indie pop, acoustic-guitar noodling and psychedelic cabaret blues. The Invisible Hands make their local debut on a bill with Bishop’s singer-songwriter alter ego, Alvarius B.
Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Ave., L.A.; Wed., July 3, 8 p.m.; $18. (323) 663-6927, zebulon.la.