Stereo Total - "Baby Revolution"
Leslie & the LY's, Stereo Total
(Neumos) Stereo Total's shtick—the duo are like lovers at the barricades of Paris in 1968, with all that era's awesome post—Marxist Situationist politics, mod fashion sense, sexual revolutionizing, and ye ye rock 'n' roll—just kills me. The German/French husband-and-wife duo of Brezel Göring and Françoise Cactus have updated all the best things of that time for today's postmodern discotheques, and the result, especially on most recent album, Paris-Berlin, is spectacular fun. (Favorite Stereo Total song at this moment: the sensual, seductive solidarity of "Baby Revolution.") Leslie & the LY's shtick, though—sweaters! ZOMG, she's funny looking!?—just makes me want to kill. Hers is an already-stale novelty that treats human ears like toilets. Don't skip this show, but do yourself a favor and leave early. ERIC GRANDY
The Show Is the Rainbow live in Santa Cruz (playing a song dedicated to Conor Oberst)
Beep Beep, the Show Is the Rainbow
(Sunset) The Show Is the Rainbow (Lincoln, Nebraska's Darren Keen) purveys electronic pop that can be as cutesy as his moniker, but with unexpected spazzy dynamic shifts and quirky vocal arrangements occasionally surfacing. His new album, Wet Fist (Retard Disco), follows in the lineage of early Beck and eels: DIY bedroom auteurs whose winsome weirdness will attract misfits from all over. Omaha duo Beep Beep's Enchanted Islands (Saddle Creek) is more conventionally pretty than Wet Fist, but it also bears some jaggedly angled tunes and frayed guitar textures that suggest they hold Captain Beefheart's Magic Band close to their bosom. Beep Beep, therefore, are Saddle Creek's most interesting artist. DAVE SEGAL
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