Going Nuclear 

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s leave us moody, bemused; Flyleaf plays Juanita’s on Thursday.

click to enlarge SO AND SO'S: At Sticky Fingerz.
  • SO AND SO'S: At Sticky Fingerz.

Checking out the sound of Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s gave us the feeling that something was slightly askew, making us a little moody and bemused at the same time. Touted by online reviews (including their SXSW appearance and rollingstone.com) as basically the “next big thing,” that’s a stop sign for us to be extra sure to use our inside voice.

But, it’s good, esoteric stuff, and it doesn’t sound like anything else. What a relief.

The group will be at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, July 7. Showtime is 9:30 p.m., and the cover charge is $7.

The octet is led by Richard Edwards and sounds artsy, cuddly and macabre to us. It’s an unattached rock, pop and chamber style (instruments include cello as well as guitar, drums, trumpet, keyboard and bass). Their CD release “The Dust of Retreat” has titles that might reveal something of their style:like “a sea chantey of sorts,” “Skeleton Key,” “Dress Me Like A Clown,” “Quiet as a Mouse,” and “Paper Kitten Nightmare.” The group also recently has released “Broadripple is Burning” backed with “Holy Cow!” on 7-inch wax.

Checkout the music and a few of the interviews on www.myspace.com/margotandthesoandsos.

Who doesn’t like Brave Combo? To say otherwise around certain circles might earn you a fat lip. The pop-polka-salsa “Chicken Dance” instigators will be at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, July 8.

This time the all-male act is bringing along a sister, Ann-Marie Harrop, a well-known studio musician around Austin (originally from northeast Louisiana, hence the nickname “Bayou Huntress”). She’s played bass and sung with guys like Austin’s Guy Forsyth (formerly with the Asylum Street Spankers), Southern rock in Sis Deville, Correo Aereo (folk music of Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina), Lucid Dementia (goth-industrial) and the Day Jobs (swing). In other words, she’ll be able to hold her own with these guys just fine, and in their press material they say they have a new cover, done in rumba, of Jefferson Airplane’s “Go Ask Alice,” in which Harrop handles Grace Slick’s part. Harrop also sings in Polish, we’re told, and so we’re there.

Showtime is 9:30 p.m., and the cover charge is $5.

Much has been said about Lacey Mosley, lead vocalist for metal band Flyleaf (at Juanita’s on Thursday, July 6), and it’s true: Her tiny stature belies the fact that her voice has a big, roaring, aggressive quality that could fill a stadium. She also coaxes her voice to be breathy and vulnerable, a perfect instrument to carry the band’s style of songs that conjure up pain, the past, old wounds, redemption and suffering.

Along with Mosley, Flyleaf includes Sameer Bhattacharya (guitar), James Culpepper (drums), Jared Hartmann (guitar) and Pat Seals (bass). “I’m So Sick,” from their self-titled debut CD, features the lyrics: “If you want more of this/ We can push out, sell out, die out/ So you’ll shut up/And stay sleeping, with my screaming/In your itching ears.”

Opening the 9 p.m. show are Boy Hits Car, Keating and Dizmas. Admission is $14 at the door for all ages.

Around the town: At Cajun’s Wharf, Big John Miller will satiate your blues craving on July 7, while the Odds (keyboard-driven roots rock, very original: CCR meets Ben Folds) play the Wharf on July 8 … The RiverTop Party at the Peabody Hotel on Friday, July 7, features Weakness For Blondes. The music will be cool, hippy blues rock, and there probably will be a lot of blondes at the Peabody that evening (8 p.m., $5 cover, ages 21 and up) … They’re serving up blues heavy on the guitar at Planet Boogies in Hot Springs with the Wes Jeans Band on Friday and Saturday … The B-Flats are just what the doctor ordered, a jazz group consisting totally of doctors, and playing at the Afterthought Saturday, July 8 (8 p.m. $5) … The Clayton Cooper Group headlines Monday Jazz Project at the Afterthought on Monday, July 10, starting at 8 p.m.




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