Heavy on the ears 

Athens-based duo Jucifer brings its load of speakers; Austin’s ‘Rockstar’ Patrice Pike returns.

JUICY SOUND: From Amber Valentine and Eric Livengood.
  • <>JUICY SOUND: From Amber Valentine and Eric Livengood.

A maelstrom of punk, rock, glam and noise arrives Thursday, Jan. 11, from Athens, Ga., in the form of Jucifer.

Though their sound is a party mix of influences — Kim Gordon, Kim Deal, Royal Trux, My Bloody Valentine and so on — their defining element is their ability to amp up the volume with 15 speaker cabinets that push even their lo-fi works to the max.

The band originated in 1993 as a threesome, but in early 1994 the drummer split and the first show with couple Amber Valentine and Ed Livengood took place. Called the “Southern Goth version of P.J. Harvey,” Valentine’s vocals range from smooth to grating over the cacophony of drums provided by husband Livengood.

The duo walks a fine line between being too metal for indie and too indie for metal. Their intense sound (and recent releases on the extreme-metal label Relapse) along with Valentine’s vocals (shadowing some female indie greats) make them an enigmatic combination worth seeing and (loudly) hearing.

The Sticky Fingerz show starts at 10 p.m., and the cover is $7.

Also playing Sticky Fingerz this week is former Sister Seven vocalist and guitarist Patrice Pike, who’s been going it solo out of Austin for the past few years after fronting the semi-jam band that shared stages with Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan and Blues Traveler.

Pike appeared in 2006 on the CBS reality show “Rockstar,” in which musicians competed for a spot in the band Supernova (Tommy Lee, Gilby Clarke and Jason Newsted). Although Pike was ultimately eliminated, judge Dave Navarro advised her to pursue a solo career. Fans around these parts are familiar with her alt-rock-with-a-hint-of-country sound.

Catch her Saturday, Jan. 13, at 9:30 p.m. for $10.

The Old School Bluegrass Band is back at Acoustic Sounds Cafe on Friday, Jan. 12. The foursome from Little Rock, which has played together since 1990, sticks to music by the traditional bluegrass greats: Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Admission is a $10 donation. The cafe is smoke- and alcohol-free.

 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom features gritty-voiced, baby-faced alt-country singer Austin Allsup on Friday, Jan. 12. On his 2005 album, “Intensity,” Allsup sounds twice his age on songs like “Briley,” so seeing him live (young, indie-looking blond-haired boy) can be a surprise. Nevertheless, the son of one-time Crickets guitarist Tommy Allsup has been exposed to music since the day he was born.

He’ll be singing with Adrianne Allyn (who sounds like Fiona Apple or Jewel) at 10 p.m. Admission is $6.

At Whitewater on Wednesday, Jan. 17, it’s a “Localist Presents” show with “negative space rockers” Esque from Memphis/New York and Little Rockers High Tension House, featuring Andrew Morgan (former Geisha Girl), Victor Wiley and Wesley Broadston (former Clicking Beetles).

Esque brings ’80s art rock to a peak (imagine David Byrne and David Bowie meeting on the intersection of Glam and Maudlin Street). The band’s released a debut album, “Everyone’s Playing,” and has been described by the Memphis Flyer as “a band that luxuriates in its morosity.” If you’ve got an affection for the glam era gone by, this is the place to get your fix.

Also this week: At Juanita’s it’s Legal Poetry-HBO Def Poet on Thursday, Jan. 11; local party band Mr. Meaner, led by Kevin Haynie, on Saturday, Jan. 13; and next Tuesday it’s Jacksonville blues woman Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain. (9 p.m., $5 ages 18 up). … On Friday, Jan. 12, at Sticky Fingerz get your classic metal juice up with Battery, the Metallica tribute band (9:30 p.m., $6). … At Downtown Music it’s hardcore on Friday, Jan. 12, with School Girl Knife Fight (9 p.m., $5) and on Saturday, Jan. 13, it’s punk from Russellville with True Grit, rockabilly with Blondsai and Little Rock punk with The Chicklettes (9 p.m., $5). … At Vino’s on Saturday, Jan. 13, see The Heroine (formerly Naos Project) with special guests Deconstructing Alexia and Rider on the White Horse. Next Wednesday, the headliner is the campy and morbid Wednesday 13 (from The Murderdolls) with frenetic Filthy Note Records artist Vains of Jenna. … The lineup for The Afterthought this week and next includes former New Orleans jazz guitarist Ted Ludwig on Thursday, R&B singer Tonya Leeks on Friday, soul and blues man Big John Miller on Saturday, the versatile acoustic jam player Chris Declerk Tuesday and pianist Stephen Winter Wednesday. … At The Treehouse (109 S. Cedar St.) see The Mad Conductor (ex-No Cash), The No Service Project and Vasto on Sunday, Jan. 14, and We Are the Music Makers, This Army and Curses to the Above next Tuesday.




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