COL. CLAYPOOL’S BUCKET OF BERNIE BRAINS
The name is a slightly briefer way of listing the members of a loony supergroup: Bassist Les Claypool (Primus), guitarist Buckethead (Guns N’ Roses), keyboardist Bernie Worrell (P-Funk) and drummer Brian “Brain” Mantia (Primus, GNR). Typically, Claypool describes his funky Frankenstein as an “oversized sock-puppet show spawned by the characters of a Tobe Hooper film and scored by Danny Elfman on bad acid,” and C2B3’s Big Eyeball In the Sky (Prawn Song) debut bears him out. The Velvet Room, 145 W. 200 South, 8 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499.
Also Thursday: Don’t Amend Rally: Summerhead (Sugarbeats); Purr-Bats (Moxie).
ROCK STEADY BENEFIT
For Year Three, the annual Rock Steady Benefit for Parkinson’s Disease research and charities has finally landed a big-time headliner: The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, the San Diego alt-country heroes who earned the approval of the late Man In Black himself through dead-solid tunesmithing and sheer twangitude. Locals rounding out the bill include Rich Wyman, Ghostowne, Justin Johnson and Janel Munoa, with giveaways and silent auctions from Fender, Zildjian, Music-Go-Round and Knucklehead Strings, all for $15. Liquid Joe’s, 1249 E. 3300 South, 7 p.m. Info: 467-5637.
Hair-metal connoisseurs may remember Wildside, one of those bands who arrived at the inopportune time of the early ’90s when grunge was just taking over. Their 1992 Capitol debut, Under the Influence, is revered as an out-of-print hard-rock gem worth seeking out, but now a follow-up has finally arrived: The Wasted Years, a 14-track collection of demos, B-sides and live cuts that’s prompted this here reunion tour. Now, where’s Salty Dog and Asphalt Ballet? Phat Tire Saloon, 7 E. 4800 South, 9:30 p.m. Info: 262-7428 (also Saturday).
Also Friday: Muse (In the Venue); Take the Fall CD Release (Kilby Court); Vista Four (Urban Lounge); Don’t Amend Rally: Looner, Violet Run (Sugarbeats).
MIRAH, TARA JANE O’NEIL
Sometimes referred to as a lo-fi indie composite of Bjork, Liz Phair and Cat Power, Philadelphia singer Mirah makes beautiful, softly-visual, multi-textured music that defies most conventional tags—but the Bjork/Liz/Cat analogy is a good start. Likewise, tourmate Tara Jane O’Neil (ex of Rodan, Retsin) is artsy in every sense, a painter-singer-songwriter who’s latest record, You Sound, Reflect (Quarterstick), is as haunting as it is soothing—as all good art should be. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. Info: 320-9887 (with Kid Madusa).
Also Saturday: Conflict (Lo-Fi Café); Destroy Everything (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Achilles Last Stand (Phat Tire Saloon); Groove Junkies (W Lounge).
Q & Not U, El Guapo (Lo-Fi Café)
“I don’t feel old-fashioned,” British jazz chanteuse-on-the-rise Stacey Kent told The Associated Press. “It’s a tough world and I’m doing what I want to do—singing great songs and delivering them to people who want to hear them.” Kent’s talking about the standards, tunes from Brubeck to Bacharach to Sinatra and more on her latest, The Boy Next Door (Candid), sung with a honeyed mezzo-soprano that’s already conquered Europe. Sheraton City Center, 150 W. 500 South, 7:30 p.m. Info: 278-0411.
Also Monday: Chris Duarte (Egos); The Advantage (Kilby Court); Ska Is Dead (Lo-Fi Café).
The Killers, Hot Hot Heat, Franz Ferdinand, The Rapture—the ’80s post-wave dance revivalists just keep coming, and now here’s NYC’s The Fever begging for your polyester love. The robo-disco band’s new Red Bedroom (Kemado) is all herky-jerky guitar slashes and keyboard chills, set apart from the rest by a mischievous edge and frontman Geremy Jasper’s versatile pipes that swish instantaneously from (pardon the Alternative Gold reference) a whisper to a scream. The Crazy Goat, 119 S. West Temple, 9 p.m. Info: 328-4628.
Also Tuesday: Scorpions (E Center); Legendary Shack Shakers (Halo); The Snake the Cross the Crown (Kilby Court); King’s X (Liquid Joe’s).
COHEED & CAMBRIA
Nyack, New York’s Coheed & Cambria have something the other emo-screamo kidz don’t: Claudio Sanchez’s high-pitched voice (think Geddy Lee) and righteous afro (think Undercover Brother). In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (Equal Vision), the band’s sophomore disc, is a white-hot eruption of progressive science-fiction riffage, pop-rock intuition and even glam tweaks that defies logic but still works like a charm—kinda like the afro. In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, 7 p.m. Tickets: 800-888-8499 (with Underoath).
He’s one of underground hip-hop’s top producers, but Ohio’s RJD2 is also an artist in his own right, having released two acclaimed solo albums on New York’s too-cool Def Jux label: 2002’s Dead Ringer and the new RJD2. Though RJD2 puts on more of a show than you’d expect from an instrumental hip-hop DJ, it’s not entirely his thing. “I’m a producer at heart,” he told Stylus. “DJing is fun, but I don’t consider myself a DJ.” Egos, 668 S. State, 9 p.m. Info: 521-5255 (with Prince Po and Hanger 18).
Also Wednesday: The Cramps (Sound); International Playboys (Urban Lounge); Charlie Webb (Hard Rock Café); Martin Sexton (Port O’ Call).
Helmet (In the Venue, Nov. 1). And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (Urban Lounge, Nov. 2). Junior Brown (Egos, Nov. 4). Murdock (Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Nov. 4). Social Distortion (In the Venue, Nov. 6). Kittie (The Ritz, Nov. 6). Dresden Dolls (Sound, Nov. 9). Le Tigre (Liquid Joe’s, Nov. 10). De La Soul (Velvet Room, Nov. 10). Action Action (Lo-Fi Café, Nov. 10). Concrete Blonde (Velvet Room, Nov. 11). Green Day (E Center, Nov. 13). Everclear (Velvet Room, Nov. 20). Wilco (Kingsbury Hall, Nov. 22).