<B>Tesla gal</B>

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March 8, 2004 // UPDATED 9:25 am - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

In fact, I ended up driving away many of my classmates with my incessant questions about dreamy Nikola and his private life -- if he'd been alive, Tesla could have taken a restraining order out against me.

Someday, when I own a house, I'm going to have one big-ass Tesla Coil right in the middle of my living room -- sparking and spitting and inviting anyone who dares step into my house to touch it for a "hair-raising" experience.

With this in mind, it's easy to see why the rock group Tesla resurrected a famous inventor for their namesake. While their melodic guitar-heavy metal (think '80s hit "Love Will Find a Way") is much more accessible than the physics behind the renowned coils, their occasional grinding sound effects certainly bring electrical surges to mind. On tour to promote their newest keeper, "Into the Now," catch the live wires at First Avenue.

Friday, March 12, 5:30 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., $20 advance, $25 at the door. 332-1775.

Long Island metal

I've never been there but I always imagine Long Island as an amazing place populated by teenaged prostitutes with bad accents and blue eye shadow and aging rock stars sprouting bandanas and sunglasses. Underground prog rockers Dream Theater apparently make their home there, finding inspiration for their technically proficient, high-energy fusion metal, no doubt, from the collapsing balustrades of roller coasters and abandoned warehouses that surely make up the backdrop of the place. Where else can the apocalyptic vision behind this group (known, in part, for their 1999 77-minute rock opera epic, "Scenes From a Memory") come from?

Saturday, March 13, 7 p.m., The Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S., $36.50-$44.50. 989-5151.

Down Under Wonders

Australia's The Church melds jangling guitar-pop with poetic lyricism to create psychedelic songs rich and lovely in texture and melody. With their lush, atmospheric sound and late-'80s chart-topper, "Under the Milky Way," The Church was propelled into alternative superstardom over the years, even as band members strayed into their various side-projects, the most notable being Marty Wilson-Piper's forays into industrial music and film.

Sunday, March 14, 8 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $10 advance, $12 at the door. 332-1775.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.