This week's guide contains:
YES, PLEASE: Napalm Death, The Nighthawks, Wild Wild Geese, Jeff Hanson, Daniel Francis Doyle, Dinosaur Jr., Retro-Garage, Amps Do Furnish a Room, Marquee Moon, Quintron and Miss Pussycat
EH, WHATEVER: Manchester Orchestra, Mogwai
VS.: The Kills with The Horrors vs. Gliss with The Takeover UK vs. Kings of Leon with The Walkmen
INTRODUCING: Robert Sledge and the Flashlight Assembly
CELEBRATING: Slim's 10th anniversary
SONG OF THE WEEK: Starfucker's "German Love"
04.24 NAPALM DEATH @ VOLUME 11
Pardon such cheap puns
But drums are bellows; howls, fuel
Flash-fire—a good hell.
With Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Coliseum and Trap Them at 7 p.m. —Grayson Currin
04.24 THE NIGHTHAWKS @ BLUE BAYOU
Real blues heavyweights
Red hot Chi-town boogie kings
Dipped in R&B
$18-$22/ 9:30 p.m. —Chris Parker
04.24 WILD WILD GEESE @ THE CAVE
Wild Wild Geese: a skein—
Tangled, swerving semi-punk.
Nervous birds in flight
With Wooden Toothe at 7:30 p.m. and The Goodnight Loving at 10 p.m. —Bryan Reed
04.26 JEFF HANSON @ LOCAL 506
He sings like a girl
Covering Elliott Smith
Sweet delicate pop
With Kaiser Cartel and Chris Koza. $8/ 9 p.m. —Chris Parker
04.27 DANIEL FRANCIS DOYLE @ NIGHTLIGHT
Shellac, ballads, bends
Meter is a hangman's noose
Burn it, mad poet
With Hiss Golden Messenger and Muscle Babes. $5/ 9:30 p.m. —Grayson Currin
04.27 DINOSAUR JR. @ CAT'S CRADLE
Marshall stacks sportin'
Riffs as sexy as J's 'do
Dude scene! Rides again!
With Mike Watt & the Missingmen. $24-$26/ 9 p.m. —Grayson Currin
04.29 RETRO-GARAGE, AMPS DO FURNISH, MARQUEE MOON @ MARVELL EVENT CENTER
Verlaine for nightcap
With Boat Burning. $4/ 9 p.m. —Rick Cornell
4.29 QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT @ LOCAL 506
Hot organ solo
Neon blossoms in Ward Nine
Invent a dance: now.
With Psychedelic Horseshit. $10/ 9:30 p.m. —Chris Toenes
04.23 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA @ CAT'S CRADLE
quiet quiet LOOUOUOUOUOUOUOOUOUOUOD!
blah Blah BLah BLAh BLAH BLAH BLAH
With Fun, Audrye Sessions and Winston Audio. $10-$12/ 8 p.m. —Grayson Currin
04.24 MOGWAI @ CAT'S CRADLE
Like Herod, you turned
Amps up, too loud for bland themes
Turn off already.
With The Twilight Sad. $18/ 9:15 p.m. —Grayson Currin
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
From: London and Florida
Claim to fame: Proving a successful rock duo doesn't require both members to play an instrument (if you can program a drum machine)
Feral blues-punk pair
Add texture, electro noise
Make Midnight Boom bloom.
From: Southend, England
Claim to fame: Proving (hair) style still trumps substance even in hipster circles
Gothic garage grime
Giving Bauhaus the good Cramps
Speedballs of coy camp
With The Magic Wands at CAT'S CRADLE. $15/ 9 p.m.
From: Los Angeles
Claim to fame: Proving My Bloody Valentine's formula is more readily ripped-off than Nirvana's
Distortion drenched psych pummel
"Spacemen 3 were here."
THE TAKEOVER UK
From: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Claim to fame: Proving that any formula is tolerable if delivered with enough enthusiasm and energy
Catchy would-be mods
Fratellis in Strokes leather
With House of Fools at LOCAL 506. $8/ 9 p.m.
KINGS OF LEON
Claim to fame: Proving that even guileless hillbilly naïfs can get lucky once, then debauched frequently
Know when to say when
Perfect one style before "Next!"
From: New York City
Claim to fame: Proving that stealthy pilfering from enough diverse contemporaries can produce something unique and at least modestly appealing
Better than the rest
Pulsing cabaret shimmer
Damning with faint praise
At KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE. $45/ 7:30 p.m. —Chris Parker
04.24 ROBERT SLEDGE AND THE FLASHLIGHT ASSEMBLY @ THE POUR HOUSE
Bass Man Chronicles:
Lexx Luthor and Toxic treat
One-third of the Five
Then post-Int. Orange
New chapter with expert chops
Deep as the Grifters
Not pretty, witty, indie
But Style Council slick
With headliners The Jackets and Gabriel Kelley. $6-$8/ 10 p.m. —Rick Cornell
04.24-25 SLIM'S 10th ANNIVERSARY @ SLIM'S
Smoke, ash, art, music
Bartenders in bands, a stage?
They'll play. You listen.
Van, Jim, Chris, Gary
Dudes with stories, fresh gossip
And ... Oh! "What ya need?"
Drink, talk, sing, party
Celebrate its survival:
The dive bar downtown.
The Vibekillers, New Heathens and Spanking Charlene play the $5 anniversary party Friday, April 24. The Yayhoos, the first-ever band to play Slim's, plays at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 25. —Grayson Currin
SONG OF THE WEEK
04.24 STARFUCKER @ LOCAL 506
Sweet sputtering drift
Glitchy laptop confection
Cops ol' Yoshimi