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FRIDAY 8/21

 

ANAVAN/DAZZLER

Vino's, 9 p.m., $5.

 

Imagine if Trent Reznor had recorded “Pretty Hate Machine” and subsequent albums fueled not on Colombian Marching Powder and booze, but Pixie Stix, Twizzlers and Kool-Aid instead. According to Anavan's MySpace page, the L.A. trio's sound is “experimental/ electro/hardcore,” but the experimental and hardcore elements are hard to find on the track “The Perfect Sound,” which resembles something more akin to a mid-1980s MTV dance anthem. Robotically inspired, it seems much more apt to be played behind a Mitsubishi commercial instead of onstage at Vino's. But pressing on into “Traumatology” we see some promise in the likely mix of rock, dance, new wave and pop, but a bit more edgy. “Timekiller” bears some resemblance to Devo, and most of the band's self-titled 2006 debut is as fueled by prog-noir as it is by no-wave clatter, meaning it churns out spastic numbers that rock strangely enough, while blasting out bleeps and bloops. Dazzler, also from L.A., brings its new-wave, alt-indie sound to the bill as well, with emphasis on live instrumentation and groove-oriented songs, completing what should be a unique evening at Vino's. PP

 

NOTION

9 p.m., Underground Pub. $10.

 

The members of Notion believe in the band's sophomore release, “The Peak,” something fierce. They're counting on the strength of their songs, performed live on Friday, to create such an impression on those in the audience that not only will they buy a copy of the album, they'll turn evangelical about it, taking to the streets, preaching the gospel of Notion to strangers. Or at least that's what I'm guessing based on the band's promise to cover beer for everyone in attendance during its set. It might not be too much of a stretch. Particularly for fans of self-titled debuts. Like that album, “The Peak” finds the band — that's Sean Lyndsey (drums, vocals), Noel Moniot (guitar, vocals), Brian Wolverton (bass, vocals), Shaun Hartman (guitar, lead vocals) — not sitting still, stylistically, for very long. Here a blazing modern rocker, there a pop anthem. Hell, there's even some Bootsy-style bass lines in the mix. All gets grounded by lead singer Hartman's big rock 'n' roll vocals. Think Jeff Buckley with more oomph. Popular local acts Flash Larue and Four on the Floor open to what's sure to be a packed house. LM.

 

 

THO'D ENTERTAINMENT

11:30 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.

 

 Of all the local rap cliques, few if any have been as active as long as Tho'd Ent. Since 2000, the crew's released a slew of mixtapes, selling, they say, more than 10,000 units independently. On Friday, the extended family gathers to celebrate the release of “Who Tho'd 2,” a compilation featuring singles from each of Tho'd's artists. That includes Cat Daddy, Goon Squad, DolaMike, Stee-Feezy, D-Dirt, BlackSand, Big P, PlayaLaid and Tho'd Up Texas (which, I suppose works thematically, but really?). All will be on-hand for the CD release. Expect a lot of group call and response: “Who Tho'd?! We Tho'd!!” (“tho'd,” by the way, is a variation on “throwed,” slang for drunk or high or otherwise lifted). Expect, too, street-rap-typical lyrics covering topics like money, crime, cars, clothes and gold-digging women. Among the crew, Cat Daddy, a short, broad-shouldered woman with close-cropped hair and many tattoos, stands out in particular. And not just because she's the lone woman in Tho'd. When she raps, with what sounds like the beginning of a smoker's rasp, she often sounds like she's making confession. It's as arresting as it is heartfelt live. LM.

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