Sonic Reducer Overage: Alternative Tentacles, Pixies, Paramore, Finches, R. Kelly, and more


By Kimberly Chun

You want to wipe away the gloom with some swoony, loony sounds, you know you do. More music than we could cram into ye olde newsprint.

Alternative Tentacles 30th Anniversary Incest-a-Thon
The proceedings kick off with Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine -- and it's going to be raging and ornery from the sound of the outfit's new The Audacity of Hype (Alternative Tentacles). The fun continues with Citizen Fish, Star Fucking Hipsters, and MIA (the hardcore band not the lady) opening tonight; Ludicra, Munly and the Lupercalians, and Knights of the New Crusade Friday, and Alice Donut, Victims Family, and Burning Image Saturday. Sounds like a good, loudly irreverent time for all. Thurs/5-Sat/7, 8 p.m., $20-$22 ($50 three-day pass). Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell, SF. (415) 885-0750.

Hank IV and Celine Dion
Hank Sr. gets a hard twirl in his grave, as the Bay Area troublemakers’ hearts go on. With Blues Control. Thurs/5, 9 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., SF. (415) 923-0923.

The early-20-something LA foursome have been listening closely to The Big Pink -- namely the Band, not the UK 4AD duo. With Langhorne Slim and Austin Lucas. Fri/6, Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1422.

Are they not new wave legends? With Reggie Watts. Fri/6, 9 p.m., $40-$75. Regency Ballroom, Sutter and Van Ness, SF.

Hallelujah the Hills
Devil and angels, watch out when the Misra band wields its trusty brass, plies its ganged vocals. With Mist and Mast and Pancho-san. Fri/6, 9:30 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., SF. (415) 923-0923.

The Bay Area combo flies in with its first show in ages, after nesting and recording a spell. With Little Wings and Mantles. Sat/7, 9:30 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., SF. (415) 923-0923.

Gift of Gab
And gab the Blackalicious baron will, when he gets together with the Jurassic 5 jester. With Chali 2na and Mr. Lif. Sat/7, 9 p.m., $20. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1422.

R. Kelly
“The World’s Greatest” just might give us a taste of his new ‘un. Sat/7, Paramount, 2025 Broadway, Oakl. (510) 763-7308,

Still Flyin’
Turn out the jam-a-lams live -- the local party band wants to make that hang-over well-worth it. With Yellow Fever and Nodzzz. Fri/6, 10:30 p.m., $10. Café du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.

Birds and Batteries
The Bay indie combo charges up for two sets at its EP release show. With Telegraph Canyon. Sun/8, 9 p.m., $12. Café du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.

Doolittle gets played, front to back. With Rain Machine. Sun/8-Tues/10, 8 p.m., call for price. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph, Oakl. (415) 421-8497.

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Shakes Gown
Members of Fuckwolf, le Flange du Mal, LSD and the Search for God, and Curse of the Birthmark wax experimental while tangling with vintage synths. With Panther and Death Sentence: Panda! Sun/8, 9 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., SF. (415) 923-0923.

Matt Melton’s Birthday
Should be a fun, psych dance-party for all, courtesy of the Snakeflower 2/Bare Wires brainiac. With Earthmen and Strangers, Nectarine Pie, and Becky Lee and Drunkfoot. Tues/10, 9 p.m., $6. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., SF. (415) 923-0923.

Move over Evanescence? The Franklin, Tenn., punk-pop darlings promise to make this date. With Paper Route and the Swellers. Tues/10, 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$32. Warfield, 982 Market, SF.

Saul Williams
Let the Afro Punk pow-wow wow ‘em, under the tutelage of Niggy Tardust. With Earl Greyhound and American Fangs. Tues/10, 8 p.m., $18-$20. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1422.