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Friday, June 15, 2007

Girl in a Coma, The Ladybug Transistor, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum -- ASD's live music picks for Friday June 15

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 7:00 AM

File under Bands Named After Smiths Songs: Girl in a Coma, 8 at Fat City. $10.

“While Nina is often referred to as "the female version of Morrissey," the band as a whole has been compared to The Smiths, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Pixies. Drawing from these influences (the band's name, Girl in a Coma, comes from the classic Smiths song "Girlfriend in a Coma"), the Girls have managed to create a sound and style that not only pays homage to their heroes, but is uniquely their own.”

Summer’s a good time for catchy music: The Ladybug Transistor, 10 at Bottom of the Hill. $10.

“Gary Olson hasn't changed. He still possesses the finest baritone warble in indie rock, writes (with the help of his bandmates) unfailingly catchy pop tunes and perfectly pitched melancholy ballads, and produces records that sound like a cross between the Left Banke and Buckingham-led Fleetwood Mac. He also has a knack for picking covers — in the past their version of Jan & Dean's "Like a Summer Rain," here Trader Horne's "Here Comes the Rain" and Samara Lubelski's "Broken Links," both of which perfectly complement the group's originals. Speaking of which, the songs on Can't Wait are among the best the band has recorded; maybe it's the new lineup or the return to their home studio, but something seems to have spurred the band to give its sound a boost of energy and imagination.”

Savagery? Count me in: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 9 at Great American Music Hall. $17/$19.

“Although their savagery is merely conceptual, the death-metal outbursts that open Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's "In Glorious Times" might drive even the band's fans to the exit. Yet anyone who endures the hectoring, growling "Helpless Corpses Enactment" will discover that this San Francisco Bay area quintet has diverse interests. The band's fourth album recalls both early and late King Crimson, Mr. Bungle's insouciant chaos and, when violinist Carla Kihlstedt sings, Bjork's fairyland lullabies. Plus, of course, Frank Zappa, who's implicated in all forms of herky-jerky art-rock.” --Washington Post

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