THU. APR. 26
@ HOEL | 9pm | $5
-Preening (Oakland, CA)
Preening's brand of weird-wave takes a lopsided approach to danceable punk. The whole sound would feel deconstructed if not for a solid backbone consisting of closely knit drums and bass. The riffs here are a catch-all that range from heavy to heady, making for a sound that's definitely wobbly but ultimately accessible.
FRI. APR. 27
@ Bonerville | 8pm | $10
-Hank Wood and the Hammerheads (NY)
-Unforgiven 5 (Kansas City, MO)
-DJ Dan Ohm
"Someone and the somethings" jokes aside, Hank Wood offers a menacing undercurrent that runs below its hot-wired rock and roll. Crass and snotty vocals punctuate a blistering set of songs that offer little in the way of dynamic range -- everything is played to the utmost, at all times.
SAT. APR. 28
@ CBGB | 9pm | $5 | 21+
-Goody Gel (Chicago, IL)
-Future Nuns (Columbus, OH)
-Little Big Bangs
Featuring a member from Chicago outfit Drool, Goody Gel offers an odd and jangly shade of upbeat indie rock. Some kind of alchemy is used to transmute ugly chords into saccharine songs, and Goody Gel's treatment of genre idioms is both strong and consistent.
@ 2720 basement | 9pm | $7
-Roman Gabriel Todd (Mobile, Alabama)
Hit the video above to see Zeta, a post-everything (rock, hardcore, etc.) band from Venezuela. Not your flavor? Mobile, Alabama's Roman Gabriel Todd offers a mutated set of weird songs that are the stuff of legend. Flaming bass guitars, audience confrontation and a huge backlog of past bands precede this performance artist who has literally crawled from the swamp to the stage. Every band on the show is different from the last -- a truly bizarre night of inanity and variety taking place below 2720.
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