Weekly Wooot -- Past Lives

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A bit of a slow week in live music, with a significant chunk of local bands and would-be touring acts making the annual trek down to Austin for SXSW. There are still a handful of great show options, however, with politically charged poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron at Yoshi's Tuesday and Wednesday, droney locals Common Eider King Eider at Amnesia Thursday and experimental act Xiu Xiu at Bottom of the Hill Saturday.

Our featured band this week is Seattle's Past Lives, who play a pre-SXSW show at the Elbo Room tonight. While prominently featuring four members of the sadly defunct spastic hardcore-leaning outfit The Blood Brothers, Past Lives take on post-punk has more in common with Gang of Four and Fugazi than it does with the admittedly noisy band from which the project first spawned. Yet while the sound here is a bit tamed, the raw power and abundant talent that made The Blood Brothers so memorable has hardly disappeared -- the quartet absolutely blew us away with their high energy Hemlock performance last March, and their debut LP Tapestry of Webs is one of our favorite albums to come out this year. It is an absolutely stacked bill with previously profiled Clipd Beaks, local krautrock revivalist Bronze and Portland's Get Hustle rounding out the night -- this one is not to be missed.

Monday, March 15th
Get Hustle, Past Lives, Clipd Beaks, Bronze @ Elbo Room $10
Efterklang, Tartufi, Vir @ Bottom of the Hill $12
Balkan Beat Box, Kid Beyond @ Fillmore $22.50

Tuesday, March 16th
VNV Nation @ DNA Lounge $25
Mujahedin Bernstein Affair, Diminished Men, DMPH @ Hemlock $6
Gil Scott Heron and Friends @ Yoshi's (SF) $26

Wednesday, March 17th
Gomez, Buddy @ Great American Music Hall $28
Razorhoof, Iron Witch, Hazzard's Cure @ Hemlock $6
Gil Scott Heron and Friends @ Yoshi's (SF) $26

Thursday, March 18th
Gomez, One Eskimo @ Great American Music Hall $28
Grayceon, Jucifer, Serpent Crown @ Thee Parkside $8
Common Eider King Eider, Raccoons, Das Blut, Hiss and Hum, Marigold Crowns @ Amnesia $7
HIJK, Love is Chemicals, Rademacher @ Cafe Du Nord $10
Groove Armada, Lilofee @ Fillmore $30

Friday, March 19th
Gomez, The Little Ones @ Great American Music Hall (Sold Out)
epicsauce.com/Neon Reverb presents: Rainbow Arabia, Wallpaper, Afghan Raiders, Little Girls, VOICEsVOICEs, Turbo Fruits, Man/Miracle and Birds & Batteries @ Music Gym (Austin TX)
Jucifer, Disastroid @ Uptown $10
Deceptikon, Captain Ahab, Twin Crystals, Tik//Tik @ Hemlock $7
Groove Armada @ Fillmore $30
Jesus Fucking Christ, CCR Headcleaner, Drugs @ Sub Mission
Voodoo Glow Skulls, Compton SF, Hub City Stompers @ Bottom of the Hill

Saturday, March 20th
Xiu Xiu, tUnE-YaRdS, Noveller @ Bottom of the Hill $12
Casey Chisholm, Laughters, Totally @ Mama Buzz Cafe
Jizz Wisard, Summer Blondes, Boyz IV Men @ Apgar House
Gosub, Eats Tapes, Body Body @ Amnesia $5
Airfix Kits, Housecoat Project, The Teutonics @ the Knockout (Free)
Dadfag, The Impediments, Hooray For Everything @ Victory Warehouse (Oakland) $5

Sunday, March 21st
Pearls, Shakes, Same-Sex Dictator @ Flux53 $10
Ash Reiter @ Rasputin Records Berkeley (Free)
Rubies, General Elektriks, Jel @ Bottom of the Hill $8
Massive Moth, Your Cannons, Here Come the Saviours @ Hemlock $6


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