Sonic Reducer Overage: Wilco, the Hunches, Chelsea Handler, Lazer Sword, and more


By Kimberly Chun

I’m a music lover... get me out of the house! Guess what, help has arrived - in more forms than we could fit into print.

Sugar and Gold\
The Bay dance fiends refuses to drown in their own shit. With Music for Animals and Castledoor. Thurs/25, 8 p.m., $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. (415) 861-2011.

The Hunches
Knuckling down for a freaked-out, “Disease Free” frenzy, the Portland, Ore.-Bay Area garage oddballs slough into the sunset with a series of farewell shows. With Long Legged Woman and Blimp. Fri/26, 9:30 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, S.F. (415) 923-0923.

Lazer Sword
Watch the Gucci sweats when the locals snip it up at Blow Up. With DJ Dials. Fri/26, 10 p.m., $10-$15. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. (415) 861-2011.

Extra Action Marching Band
Brassy, sassy, and fronted by lassies, the extra-large Bay Area collective gets down at this after-party, following an appearance with David Byrne at the Greek. With Khi Darag and Brian Kenny Fresno. Fri/26, 9 p.m., $12. Uptown, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. (510) 451-8100.

Chelsea Handler
Are you there tequila? It’s her, Chelsea, host of Chelsea Lately, in wisecracking repose at the leafy, luxe Saratoga venue. Sat/27, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$99.50. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce, Saratoga. (415) 421-8497.

Midtempo rockers, dulcet harmonies, and an is-that-all-there-is title – Wilco (Nonesuch) reaches for the comfort-first equivalent of mac and cheese and Monday Night Football. Fri/26, 7:30 p.m., $39.50. Mountain Winery, Saratoga. Sat/27, 7:30 p.m., $39.50. Greek Theater, UC Berkeley, Berk. (415) 421-8497.

Map it out: creamy SF indie pop finds itself strafed by synths and strings. With Jered Mees and Photons. Tues/30, 9 p.m., $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, S.F. (415) 923-0923.