924 Gilman, 924 Gilman (at Eighth Street), Berkeley
System & Station and Clarendon Hills open
Friday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $5
Thee Clash and Harold Ray Live in Concert open for Thee Evaporators on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10 p.m. at Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St. (at Wisconsin), S.F. Tickets are $7; call 503-0393 or go to ww w.theeparkside.com
And then there's Thee Evaporators. Comprised of a trio of veteran musicians from the Vancouver scene and Nardwuar, who sings and tinkers on keyboards, the band is like a cross between the campiness of Alvin & the Chipmunks and the manic joke-punk of the Dickies. With self-explanatory song titles such as "(I've Got) Icicles on My Testicles," the group's material is as fun and warmly irreverent as anything by '80s novelty-song paragon "Weird Al" Yankovic. But the real joy in seeing the band perform is watching Nardwuar entice audience members to do silly things during each song -- like forming a spastic punk rock conga line. More often than not the crowd participates, possibly because the singer's man-child spirit is contagious, or perhaps because there's a little bit of Nardwuar in all of us.