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Gettin' hooked in a Flash 

Wednesday, Apr 26 2006
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Goddamn this never-ending winter. I'm so ready for spring to break sloppy loose on this city like a teenager after a tequila-shooting contest. In the words of The Flash Express , "Let's rock this motherfucker out!" The hell-bent-on-pleasure Los Angeles trio is all about hallelujahs, handclaps, and getting "Wild Like an Indian." It takes garage rock 'n' soul for a rickety rollercoaster ride, on which the volume knob is broken at 11 and a piercing, whiskeyed scream is in a near-constant climax with the lead guitar. Of course, there's nothing new about reheating those savory MC5 leftovers, but these guys rank high in my files for having the feverish boogie thing — and a slammin' rhythm section — down tight. Adding a dose of cred to the charm, the Flash Express is doing a two-night stand in San Francisco with legendary Black Godfather Andre Williams on April 28 and 29 at 9:30 p.m. at the Hemlock, performing a set of original material and then returning to the stage to back "Mr. Rhythm." The 70-year-old Williams aims to show he's still got soul — and a greasy libido — while strutting out raucous R&B hits from decades of songwriting/singing/producing/babymaking.

For those who prefer their dance moves choreographed with irony (and bathed in Day-Glo), electro barely removes the tongue from the cheeky at a party thrown by German Eyebrows. "French" glitch-hop duo Laco$te takes down the history of eurotrash in a DIY version of the Gallic tongue that proves everything sounds better in the language of love — even if the phrasings are as fake as Canal Street Chanel. This "L.A. Invasion" showcase also features a dose of local talent — Oakland's Dead Swayze , who take techno, electro, and Michael Jackson on triptastic tangents to really fun effect, as well as a mix of Tigerbeat6-associated DJs. It all goes down at the Cave warehouse (3201 Third St.) from 10 p.m. until the pastel eye shadows blend in with the sunrise.

Sometimes spring reigns like a hailstorm, and other times it floats like a breeze. Local pop ham Bart Davenport co-hosts a night in the latter style, as Liam Carey 's popular East Bay acoustic hoot, Ace of Spades , crosses the pond to start up here at the Rickshaw. On Wednesday, May 3, check out performances from Davenport and friends — including the Mother Hips' golden-throated Tim Bluhm, Rubies, Ted Edwards, Taurus, Paul Panamrenko, Bramble n Briar, Mike Chase , and whoever else these folked-up curators see as kindred spirits.

Kind spirits who heard about Film School 's rash of bad luck last month have probably kept tabs on all the news — van and equipment stolen; van recovered, ignition destroyed; collarbone broken and healing; help on the way from MusiCares. Those wanting to contribute more than just sympathy for these guys can come down to Bottom of the Hill on April 26 and 28 (at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively), when the following acts pitch in for Film School benefit shows: Wednesday — Nuke Infusion, Cheetah Speed, Henry Miller Sextet ; Friday — the Lovemakers, Oranger, Boyskout.

Keeping score: In addition to a long list of feature films that'll have you skipping work throughout the month, the San Francisco International Film Festival offers a couple of audio-visual treats of the musical persuasion. On Thursday, April 27, Deerhoof provides a live score to Harry Smith's Heaven and Earth Magic at the Castro at 9:45 p.m. France's Addictive TV , meanwhile, has embraced the era of the video mash-up, razoring film clips and travel footage to give turntablism a visual dimension. The duo showcases a collaged travelogue at the Kabuki Theater on Monday, May 1, at 9:45 p.m., then brings a grab bag of sensory candy to Mighty on Wednesday, May 3, at 9 p.m.

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