16 Brash Bitches

The Curtains were Chris Cohen's band back when he was just a fan of Deerhoof. Now that he's done his civic duty as guitarist for the Chamber of Commerce's "San Francisco is so weird and cute!" noise rock campaign, he's back at the pop craftman game, with his sense of whimsy somehow intact. But here the levity feels unforced, as the music expresses a genuinely silly and exuberant attitude toward the band's bill of debt to both the Beatles and old Built to Spill. For all of its playfulness, the Curtains' sunny, sweetly off-kilter pop is ballasted with a commitment to thoughtful innovation and occasional forays into the weird. The Curtains perform on Friday, August 11, at Bottom of the Hill at 10 p.m. Admission is $8-$10; call 626-4455 or visit www.bottomofthehill.com for more info. Frances Reade


The electro-metallic wail of Bay Area outfit 16 Bitch Pile-Up is assaulting while also sounding quite compelling. As the label Not Not Fun's recent 16 Bitch/Burmese split-single reveals, this trio of beautifully brash 'n' formidable women is over-the-top aggressive, hot-wiring and subsequently mangling into submission battered electronics, traditional instrumentation, and heaps of flat-out junk. However, the group takes the wreckage that crucial step forward and alchemically alters it into a visceral symphonic grind. 16 Bitch Pile-Up performs (with Hototogisu and the Skaters) Saturday, August 12, at the Hemlock Tavern at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7; call 923-0925 or visit www.hemlocktavern.com for more info. The band also opens for Comets on Fire on Wed., Aug. 16, at Great American Music Hall. Admission is $13. Call 885-0750 or visit www.gamh.com for more info. Justin F. Farrar


Since the '80s New Zealand has been the world's epicenter for post-Velvets, lo-fi indie folk, as the country is consistently pumping out one great bedroom-bound musician after another. Take Stefan "Pumice" Neville for example. His latest for the Soft Abuse imprint, Yeahnavienna, sees 's Pumice hushed weep and prickly ax work fused to a wicked DAT-generated fuzz — ultimately giving birth to a totally melodious murk from which a droning, dead-of-night balladry arises. Pumice performs, along with Badgerlore and No Doctors, on Saturday, August 12, at Hotel Utah at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $7; call 546-6300 or visit www.thehotelutahsaloon.com for more info. — J.F.F.


The Midwest ... does things to people. Some residents create cheeses and sausage — others form serrated, noisy yet curiously hospitable musical trios. Norman, Oklahoma's Evangelicals tenaciously resist E-Z characterization. A song opening with unnerving primal shriek morphs into a lazy sagebrush melody as the original Dinosaur Jr. might play it, then hazy, lysergic melodies borne by sweet 'n' fuzzy voices are underscored by bebop jazz-flavored guitar licks and hyper bass and drums. The band's debut So Gone sounds as if Syd Barrett's shade was guiding a reformed Meat Puppets or fIREHOSE. Witness for yourself on Monday, August 14, when the band plays at Bottom of the Hill at 9 p.m. Admission is $7; call 621-4455 or visit www.bottomofthehill.com for more info. — Mark Keresman

 
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