It is painfully obvious that our country can use all the PR help it can get. Thank heaven, then, for the Bay Area's own Gold Chains and Sue Cie, without whom we would have precious few musical ambassadors abroad making us look so damn cool. (Sorry, David Hasselhoff, you don't count.) The duo's recent release, When the World Was Our Friend, expertly mashes sounds like rockabilly and disco into a humble plea for peace. But the energy of the record is only an approximation of these pranksters' live capabilities; they were definitely born to entertain in front of people. Death Sentence: Panda! and IQU round out the bill, promising a night of dancing for punks who like to pogo and electro-pop for dreamers of a better world. The show goes down on Friday, Nov. 26, at the Elbo Room; call 552-7788 or go to www.elbo.com.
-- Tamara Palmer
The rise of Berlin-based label Morr Music helped define a whole new genre of electronic music. Founded in 1999, Morr laid to rest a lingering question at the time: If I'm an indie rocker who would like to be making electronica -- but not, say, the spastic crank of Prodigy or the self-important psychedelic trance of Paul Oakenfold -- what do I do? Answer: You look to Morr, which gave melody-loving introverts with a taste for silky synths and summertime beats an outlet for such sounds. Exemplified on the label's signature release, the compilation Putting the Morr Back in Morrissey, the aesthetic is rich and syrupy, all bulbous beats bouncing amid quiet whirs and gentle thrums; you hear it in the work of Morr alums Mûm, Isan, and Christian Klein, among others. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Morr is sending out its not-so-heavy hitters -- Lali Pun , Duo 505 (the new project of B. Fleischmann and Herbert Weixelbaum), Styrofoam , and the Go-Find -- to wreak hammock-worthy bliss on sensitive ears the world over. Bring a pillow when the tour hits San Francisco on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Bottom of the Hill; call 621-4455 or go to www.bottomofthehill.com for more info.
-- Garrett Kamps