Forget Josie and the Pussycats. The real queens of the forest are three righteous babes collectively known as Le Tigre (pictured), a performance entity that melds PC-awareness, video, photo images and music. Led by former Bikini Kill(er) Kathleen Hannah, the danceable, electro-primitive trio are informed, issue-oriented femmes who possess the ingenuous musical charm of the early B-52s or other stripped down late-'70s and early-'80s synth-pop bands. At the same time, there are occasional nods to hip hop, techno and good old punk rock, especially on Le Tigre's latest offering, From the Desk of Mr. Lady. Old drum machine programs and ancient samplers have never sounded so good. Our very own road warriors The Butchies are back, fresh from their tour with Amy Ray, along with singer-songwriter Tami Hart. The intriguingly named Kiki and Herb complete this Mr. Lady showcase evening at Cat's Cradle on May 5. Call 967-9053 for details.
The Connells, practitioners of the classic North Carolina pop sound, join forces with modern pop torchbearers The Mayflies USA for a melodic rock doubleheader. This night will pack enough hooks to make your head swim, and sling enough catchy choruses to have you imagining you're a vocalist next time you enter the shower. Writing actual songs is a tough business: Try it sometime. These bands make it look easy. Check them out Thursday, May 3, at Humble Pie in Raleigh. Call 829-9222 for details. --Angie Carlson