For those not privy to trends South of the Border, the fastest-selling artist since Selena is Plastilina Mosh, two ultrahip twentysomethings whose musical montages run somewhere in the neighborhood of Ben Folds Five, Ministry, Beck, and the Beastie Boys. Sadly, the initial exposure Americans will have to this dynamic duo is their first single, "Monster Truck," a kitschy, catchy alternative rocker that stops shy of the genius found on the rest of Aquamosh. The songs, which benefit from the producing talents of Jason Roberts (Cypress Hill), Rob Schnapf (Beck), and Sukia (Nickel Bag recording artists), flow from suave Hammond B-3 lounge numbers to piano jazz and riotous hip-hop tracks sung in French, Spanish, English, and Japanese. While musical cohesion may seem absent, the album is clearly in-formed by Plastilina's quirky taste in pulp culture -- Jaws, chupacabras, plastic blow-up dolls, and Pancho Villa's head. Plastilina opens for Esthero, a surprisingly funky trip-hop duo from Canada, at Bimbo's 365 Club on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 474-0365.
In 1950, inspired by a film, ruth weiss dyed her hair bright green. It suited her. She was a rebellious nymph who crisscrossed the country melding her jazzy poetry with bebop, and slept with whomever she chose. When she arrived in San Francisco, the center of the new bohemia, she sparred with Kerouac, Cassady, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Ferlinghetti, winning their esteem and affection. She was the poetess poets wrote about. She was, according to Herb Caen, the "goddess of the beat generation." In 1996, she was immortalized in Brenda Knight's Women of the Beat Generation. For the live reading event "outLOUD," Speak Magazine -- a beautifully written literary art bimonthly based in S.F. but appreciated in New York -- brings these two women together again, along with Noir recording artist Marcus Shelby Trio, house diva Tyler Stone, and "Sista" DJ Polywog. The first of many such artistic fusions will be held at the CoCo Club on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 431-5396.
Warning: This is definitely not an evening for people of delicate constitution. The Genitorturers are an industrial-laden rock band, fronted by a stunning dominatrix named Geni who squeezes herself into a leather get-up equipped with an enormous strap-on dildo. While the band rages, Geni and her cast of professional doms execute genital piercings and enemas on a parade of willing victims. In the past, volunteers were taken from the audience, but recently Geni enlisted a group of trained slaves. Now, men in dog collars and gas masks receive liberal lashings; a woman in pasties and a G-string gets licked and beaten before reaping a double-hosed douche, nipple clamps, and a hot-wax shower; and another man wins a paddle beating, a crucifixion, and a thread that sews his lips together. That's the beginning. At midnight, the Aesthetic Meat Front will present an erotic cabaret incorporating buckets of blood, entrails, and animal heads. "Masquerade" presents the Genitorturers and Aesthetic Meat Front at Maritime Hall on Saturday, Aug. 8, with Rorschach Test opening at 10 p.m. and DJs Lucretia and EVL spinning. Tickets are $15 ($10 for "Masquerade" members); call 974-0633.
-- Silke Tudor