Still, the synth-rocker "Burning Up" is delightfully cheesy-cool, and "Secret" and "Borderline" glow with unexpectedly solid pop craft though, wait, did Madonna actually ask for "more tuna" "mucho maguro" on "Sorry"?
Speaking of Japanese morsels, pass the beat and throw in a slew of "Ai"'s, "Eya-eya"'s, and other assorted vocables while you're at it, when it comes to OOIOO's gloriously raucous ARMONICO HEWA (Thrill Jockey). The sixth album by the all-woman unit organized by the Boredoms' Yoshimi is a dizzyingly deep swirl of tribal drumming and mechanistic guitar blurt ("Uda Hah"), awash with elastic synths ("Ulda") and leaping, lilting girlish vocals that point to the breath as the way of all things ("Konjo"). Here, OOIOO manage to be beautiful and wild at exactly the same time.
Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, This Song is a Mess But So Am I's Freddy Ruppert and Zola Jesus' Nika Roza join forces to make spectral synthpop. With White Hinterland and Common Eider King Eider. Wed/28, 9 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. www.hemlocktavern.com
Their business is ass-kicking, and business is ... big. With Triclops! Mon/2, 10 p.m. $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. www.bottomofthehill.com
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