STAR F##KING HIPSTERS
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, with Dead Yet?
At the Co-Laboratory, 631 E. Broad St. All Ages. $8.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Stza (from the late, lamented ska-punking Leftover Crack) put this fully-unleashed attack band together three years ago, with members of Choking Victim, The Degenerics, the Slackers, Nanuchka and others. Tattoo artist Nico de Gaillo (ex-Casa de Chihuahua) is second lead vocalist - giving the Hipsters' four-chord punk a sort of sepia-toned California/surf vibe. "We have what I believe is a talented group of musicians here," Stza write on the band's Myspace page, "and we are making an effort to try and mix shit up with our styles of playing and song-writing while keeping the ideas of leftist-politics and ethics of true punk alive (we understand that the definition of "punk" has broadened and in our opinion has been obscenely perverted for years to meet capitalistic ends), but we are not here to exclude people, we don't care what you do, own, believe in, look like, where you come from or any of that superficial shit. We plan on playing all-ages shows with the hope of maintaining the interest of "slightly older" folks such as ourselves." See starfuckinghipsters.com
At 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, with The Mammys
At the Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.
If the early Kinks had used a prevalent piano (and maybe a better producer), they might have sounded like this Atlanta band with the ckeeky name. Gringo Star's music is quasi-literate rock ‘n' roll with rich, thick hooks, almost doo-woppy harmony vocals and snarling electric guitars. Then there's the piano, which gives everything a sort of British music-hall feel. There's a bit of surf, and a bit of punk, and a lot of Georgia-style Richenbacher jangle; Spin calls it "psych-based garage rock," while the band members prefer the term "circus pop." Gringo Star, one of the welcome surprise hits of SXSW and the CMJ Festival in 2008, has an album (All Y'all, produced by Ben H. Allen of Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collective fame) and a new one on the way. They just got off the road opening for the Toadies. Somebody send Ray Davies a CD, stat! See gringostar.net
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9
At the Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park St. $5.
Quirky and whimsical, New York indie singer/songwriter Rachael Sage's songs are reminiscent of Tori Amos' work. Like Amos, she has deep eyes, caresses the piano and sings in a breathy voice that can whisper like a spring breeze and then rage like a late summer storm. Sage, whose solo show (drawing on her Jewish immigrant heritage) is called Stop Me If I'm Kvetching, was trained as a ballet dancer, and received a degree in drama from Stanford University. She has, thus far, released nine albums. "I think the thing that drives me as a songwriter is probably the same thing that made me want to get up, when I was a teenager, and perform in a play," she says. "There's so many different ways that one can feel that they're expressing their individuality and their perspective through art. And it definitely took me a while to get comfortable performing my own scripts." See rachaelsage.com