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.
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. www.21grand.org
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.
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.
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. www.21grand.org