To me, my stuff is really straightforward." On one level, it's a love of classic rock that sent her from the experimental noise community into the welcoming arms of pop music critics and fans. Still, it's not her guitar playing, but her lyrics and her conflicting emotions of karmic joy and nervy pessimism that makes her a potential sonic revolutionary.
"Before I found music I was always pretty cynical about things," Stern says. "Then, as I found my connection with playing and writing songs, I began to feel that connectedness. It made me feel hopeful ... It was the only thing that really satisfied me."
With Gang Gang Dance
Fri/14, 9 p.m., $15
Bimbo's 365 Club
1025 Columbus, SF