Lesion of doom
For my birthday last year, in anticipation of us starting a garden in the yard of our new house, my husband bought me this incredible book all about the terrible things that can happen to your plants. The pages brim with full-color photographs of beautiful plants and flowers covered with mold, or with scorch marks from too much sun exposure, or big wads of foamy spit and webbing from a variety of garden parasites. There are pictures of gigantic, multipronged carrots that got planted too close together, fuchsia petals opened so wide they looked like a cracked mouth screaming, fuzzy okra, rotting snapdragons and crab apple limbs covered in caterpillar webs. The book is full of references to "large dark cankers," "oozing yellow sap" and "lesions." Oh, and lots of pictures of all the different types of beetle grubs and transparent little termites and teeny tiny spiders, and close-ups of their various egg sacs and pods. It's enough to put you off your lunch.
Luckily, the band Dead Meadow doesn't have anything to do with any plants actually dying - at least not in my garden. The psychedelic metalesque four-piece from Washington, D.C. features heavy guitar riffs reminiscent of the good kind of stoner jam-rock, like the stuff that Hendrix did during his live shows and Black Sabbath did on such classic slabs like "War Pigs." Lyrically, the band draws heavily on such stoner material as the J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft canons, resulting in something their label's calling "distorted barbiturate space-rock."
W June 15, 6 p.m. First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $15. 332-1775, www.first-avenue.com.
Hi ho, Silvermen
Hey, just in case you've been checking out the Lee's Liquor Lounge online calendar of events, you might want to take note that the band playing this night is actually The Silvermen, not The Silverman, as listed. I was awfully excited about The Silverman playing, myself, being the huge Legendary Pinks Dots/Skinny Puppy/Edward Ka-Spel fan that I am, but I was having a really hard time imagining Phil Harmonix performing in a place that usually books country and surf rock music.
Further exploration of tour itineraries revealed that it was actually Kansas City's The Silvermen coming through town. This makes much more sense, as The Silvermen are a brilliantly boisterous country-swing and rockabilly group of youngsters that are so well-known for their high energy shows that they picked up a well-publicized sponsorship from the energy-boost drink Red Devil - with the hopes, I imagine, that people would think the band's energy comes directly from swilling buckets of Red Devil. Hopefully, they won't be lobbing cans of the stuff at audience members during the show because being hit by a flying can really hurts.
Sa June 18, 9:30 p.m. Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 N. Glenwood $5. 338-9491, www.leesliquorlounge.com.
Here's a crazy thing to take the kids to, or to go to just by yourself. Local funky free jazz ensemble Electropolis is putting on an all-ages show at the Acadia Theater & Caf. If there's someone in your life that needs their horizons expanded, this is the band to see.
Their highly focused instrumentals sound like something straight out of a psychedelic sci-fi movie, featuring a very tortured-sounding saxophone, driving bass lines and percussion, and some plaintive bleats from a trumpet that's obviously being interrogated by the same miscreants that are holding the afore-mentioned saxophone prisoner. Trust me - it's gorgeous stuff.
Special guests include guitarist Ryan Mackstaller (from Detroit) and the members of Dallas Orbiter.
F June 17, 8 p.m. The Acadia Theater & Caf, 1931 Nicollet Ave. S. $6. 874-8702, www.acadiacafe.com.