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Laurie Anderson goes for the jugular 

Wednesday, Nov 22 2006
Exploring lush drone rock that nods to Obscured by Clouds/Meddle-era Pink Floyd, U2 circa An Unforgettable Fire, and shoegazer favorites like Slowdive and Ride, local outfit The Love X Nowhere hit its stride on the 2006 vinyl-only EP Into the Fire. Tracked in a single-weekend session at S.F.'s famed Tiny Telephone studio, the record captures the nuanced hooks and shimmering guitars of Brett Chulada and Gabriel Leis in all their analog glory. The band's compelling atmospherics should make a fine soundtrack to post-Thanksgiving boozing when TLXN share the stage with Greg Ashley — the mastermind behind neo-psych titans the Gris Gris — who will likely preview warped songs from his upcoming sophomore solo effort on Birdman Records. Frequent Dan the Automator co-conspirators the Rondo Brothers also perform on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Hemlock at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7; call 923-0923 or visit for more info. — Dave Pehling

While Evan Dando tries to squeeze a little more juice from his overripe indie pop project Lemonheads , his tour mates are the sweet pick on this bill. VietNam creates music that refers to that rich era of rock and reefer, when our country went to war with its namesake. Roll a bit of the Stones into a big batch of the Velvet Underground, sprinkle with some Dylan, and you've got the crimson-eyed jams these groovy Brooklyn dudes bang out with panache. Beyond some oversimplified yet stylish rehashing of the past, though, VietNam's songs revel in odd psych-blues phrasings and ramblin' piano bar rousers, the kinds of tunes in which adding "man" to the end of every other line doesn't feel forced. Live, the act does everything from "playing" a big black beanbag to casting silhouettes while atmospheric films flicker in the background. Take it easy with the Lemonheads and VietNam on Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Independent at 9 p.m. Admission is $20; call 771-1422 or visit for more info. — Jennifer Maerz

There are few sounds more distinctive than throat singing — whereby a vocalist, by controlling the shape of the mouth and larynx, effectively produces more than one pitch or note simultaneously. Sometimes it resembles the clarion call of the Apocalypse, other times an elemental cry for nature. While throat singing exists in many cultures, the best-known variants hail from Tibet and Tuva, the latter home to coed quartet Chirgilchin . Laurie Anderson , on the other hand, is a globally revered mistress of multimedia, embracing musicality from the pop song to the avant-garde. She and Chirgilchin will perform separately, then together — and their joint forces will resemble very little heard in your mind's ear. Chirgilchin and Laurie Anderson make Turkey Weekend memorable on Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Herbst Theater at 8 and 7 p.m., respectively. Admission is $30-50; visit for more info. — Mark Keresman


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