Weekly Wooot -- Lazer Sword

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A packed week of local shows with Portland-based throwback surf-pop trio Orca Team at Milk Wednesday, the previously profiled Wallpaper at the Academy of Arts and Science Thursday and experimental legend John Zorn at Yoshi's all weekend long.

Our featured act this week, however, is Lazer Sword. Standing at the forefront of the glitchy, bass-heavy movement journalist have alternatively described as turbo crank, lazer bass and future blap, San Francisco-bred Ableton nerds Lazer Sword simply blew us away with their 2008 mixtape Blap to the Future. Much like their improvised live sets, the mixtapes seamless blend of acapellas, sampled beats and homebrewed originals stood as a sort of missing link between the world of Flying Lotus and Girl Talk -- two years later and the tape still sounds fresher than than just about anything coming out of the admittedly like-minded bro-step world. With their long awaited debut just around the corner, the now multinational duo (1/2 of the duo recently relocated to Berlin) return to San Francisco Thursday night for a blowout with the previously profiled Rainbow Arabia, Sacramento's rising favorite Sister Crayon and the all around awesome Oakland-based trio Religious Girls at Rickshaw Stop -- this one is not to be missed.

Several other show options this week including synth nerds Jonas Reinhardt at Bottom of the Hill Wednesday, Starfucker side-project Skeletron at Milk Thursday and the previously profiled Abe Vigoda with the recently reunited emo pioneers Cap'n Jazz at Bimbos Friday. As always, be sure to consult the full showlist.

Monday, August 23rd
Crowded House, Lawrence Arabia @ Warfield $45 - $65
Girl In A Coma, Gringo Star, Agent Ribbons @ Bottom of the Hill $10
Summer Twins, The Twinks, The Danger Babes, Onmi @ Knockout $7

Tuesday, August 24th
Bob Dylan With His Band, The Dough Rollers @ Fox Theater (Sold Out)
Bad Brains, Broun Fellinis @ Slims $26
Audacity, Todd C & The Clown Sound, Mill Valley's Most Honest Men @ Hemlock $5
Eastern Conference Champs, Voxhaul Broadcast @ Hemlock (early show) $7
La Corde, Cat Party, Dadfag @ Knockout $5
Grand Lake, It's For Free Grace, Sean Smith And The Present Moment, James And Evander @ Cafe Du Nord $10
Wanda & Wonder, Pixel Memory, Hunt With A Cat @ Kimos

Wednesday, August 25th
Younger Lovers, Orca Team, Hornet Leg, Neighbors, DJ Primo Pitino @ Milk $5
Bob Dylan With His Band @ Warfield $60
Oneida, Jonas Reinhardt, The Lights @ Bottom of the Hill $10
Sweetbones, Huff This!, The Mallard, Dylan Tidyman Jones @ Kimos

Thursday, August 26th
Lazer Sword, Rainbow Arabia, Religious Girls, Sister Crayon @ Rickshaw Stop $12
Boris, Red Sparowes, Helms Alee @ Great American Music Hall $18
Lazer Sword @ Amoeba SF (Free)
John Zorn @ Yoshi's (SF) $25 - $35
Skeletron, Flophouse, Alright @ Milk
Royal Baths, Th Mrcy Hot Sprngs, Lilac @ Hemlock $5
Moira Scar, Tongue and Teeth, The Dawns, Deep Teens, @ The Stud

Sleeptalks, Coloring, Uni and her Ukelele @ Amnesia $5
Wallpaper, Downer Party @ California Academy of Sciences $10

Friday, August 27th
John Zorn @ Yoshi's (SF) $25 - $35
Cannons And Clouds, Winfred E Eye, By Sunlight @ Bottom of the Hill $10
Trainwreck Riders, Pine Box Boys, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Virgil Shaw @ Great American Music Hall $14
Cap'n Jazz, Abe Vigoda @ Bimbo's $17
Kelly Stoltz, UV Race, Total Control, The Young Offenders @ Hemlock $8

Saturday, August 28th
John Zorn @ Yoshi's (SF) $25 - $35
The Chemical Brothers, Freq Nasty @ Fox Theater $42.50
Cyril Jordan, Apache, Tim Cohen @ Five Points Arthouse $5
From Monument To Masses, Judgement Day, Silian Rail @ Great American Music Hall $15
Guitar v. Gravity, Moneypenny, Charmless @ Hemlock $6
The Shants, Vandella, Not An Airplane, Coyote @ Hotel Utah $8
Dead Westerns, Mosshead, Slow Trucks, Daikon, The Thralls, Touch Committee, Street Pyramids @ Kimos
Hightower, Red Octopus, High and Tight @ Thee Parkside $5
Nortec Collective, Loquat @ Independent $25

Sunday, August 29th
The Juliana Theory @ Independent $25
Sonny and The Sunsets @ Amnesia $5


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