YACHT appears to be making music that harks to less than widely referenced sources like Art of Noise, Malcolm McLaren, and other awkward yet insinuating, conceptually-minded pop experimentalists of the '80s and those final seconds when the pop charts seemed to skeptically embrace the musical musings of so many art school refugees.
"There's a repetitive nature built into pop and dance music, so for these atonal mantras we were working on, it turned out to be a better way to disseminate our message," Evans explains. "We're excited that you can hide a lot in pop music. You can appreciate it on two levels." Two true. *
Fri/7, 8:30 p.m., $15
155 Fell, SF
The crafty psych magicians are dormant no more. With Spindrift and Ty Segall. Fri/7, 9 p.m., $16. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. www.gamh.com
LA PLEBE AND HIGHTOWER
Party with us, punkers, for la causa. With Bar Feeders and Fucking Buckeroos. Sat/8, 4 p.m., $8$20 sliding scale donation for the SF Tenants Union. El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. www.elriosf.com
Sunn O))) worshipers might appreciate the Portland, Ore., foursome's black atmospherics, anarchic electronics, and love o' the heavy. With Barn Owl, Squim, and Oaxacan. Sun/9, 9 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. www.hemlocktavern.com