Sonic Reducer Overage: the Dead, Alela Diane, Myka 9, Destroyer, Ponytail, Brilliant Colors, and more


By Kimberly Chun

Rain-day women, overcast men - it's drizzling all over SF, but the music keeps coming. Here are more worthy shows than we could drip into print.

Brilliant Colors
The SF trio surfs the latest wave of girlish lo-fi pop with sweet, primal punchiness. With Abe Vigoda, High Castle, and No Babies. Wed/6. 8 p.m., $7. 21 Grand, 416 25th St., Oakl.

Myka 9
Everyone seems to be borrowing from the rapid-fire Freestyle Fellowship fella, who has lent a hand to performers like Busdriver and Prefuse 73. Thurs/7, 9 p.m., $15. Independent, 628 Divisadero, S.F. (415) 771-1422.

Destroyer and Azita

Is this the second coming of drowsy Gainsbourgian chanson? Destroyer dreamer Dan Bejar fires his rockets off solo. Harrowing Chicago wailer Azita Youssefi - once of the Scissor Girls and these days paired with Tortoise's John McEntire - opens with numbers of her new How Will You? (Drag City). With Colossal Yes. Fri/8, 9:30 p.m., $15. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016. Also Sat/9, 8 p.m., $15. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.

The Dead
Heads' prayers answered here? Furrow that gray brow over which Grateful Dead period was tops and which tune hit home 'cause the consummate SF psychedelicists are baaack. Sun/10 and May 14, 7 p.m., $24.25-$95. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. (650) 541-0800.

Alela Diane
Ah, To Be Still (Rough) - and to get an earful of the singer-songwriter's lovely new recording of the same name. The Nevada City-bred, now-Portland, Ore.,-based folk femme has come a way since that fabric-and-lace-clad homemade CD: her tour with Blitzen Trapper lays behind her; West Coast dates (some with kindred NC vocalist Mariee Sioux, others opening for Iron and Wine), before her. With Mariee Sioux. Mon/12, 9:30 p.m., $10. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.

As spazz-tastic as Matt and Kim and eager to mine the same highly positive, party-starting vein as fellow Baltimore rabble-rouser Dan Deacon, the outfit that formed as a class project swings into town, preaching the gospel of Ice Cream Spiritual (We Are Free). With Cryptacize and Battlehooch. Tues/12, 9 p.m., $10. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.

More than: 0th undulates at 21 Grand.

0th and Bay/Oslo MIrror Trio
SF's lady experimentalists peer into the void, opening for the Ava Mendoza and Haavard Skaset proj. Tues/12, check site for time and price. 21 Grand, 416 25th St., Oakl.