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Om is at Neumo's tonight.

From this week's Short List:

Body Language hosted By Phil In The Blank, Sage Nomad and Orb with performances by

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Live Music Tonight: Om, Kershaw, and More

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Om is at Neumo's tonight.

From this week's Short List:

Body Language hosted By Phil In The Blank, Sage Nomad and Orb with performances by Dirty Scientifics, Odd Fellas, Ear Drums, DJ's Kamui and Hideki, High Dive, $5, 8 p.m.

If Fremont is rockin’, best come knockin’. . . . The High Dive might seem as unusual a venue for a hip-hop dance party as Nectar once did for techno shows, but that neighborhood has a lock on the action in both arenas this week (with Plaid and Truckasaurus at Nectar on the 18th). The Lo_Fi’s hip-hop weekly, Stop Biting, has been on hiatus, and tonight many of its most dynamic movers and shakers are popping up at the High Dive with the new monthly Body Language. Hosted by Phil in the Blank, Sage Nomad, and Orb, there are performances by Dirty Scientifics (with Orb MC’ing), Odd Fellas, and Ear Drums; the wild styles of former Stop Biting DJs Kamui and Hideki; and a cipher session. It’ll be fun to see how they work the room—if anyone can make the place fresh and funky, it’s them. RACHEL SHIMP

Doug Kershaw, Triple Door Mainstage, $20, 7:30 p.m.

I’ve been told this was ass-backwards, but I came to Doug “Ragin’ Cajun” Kershaw via his lesser-known brother, Rusty. Rusty had done the magnificently wonky Dobro work for Neil Young’s On the Beach and was rumored to have pulled a knife on Stephen Stills during the recording sessions (awesome!). I later discovered he was a member of Rusty & Doug, the early-’60s Cajun-pop duo that had major success with “Louisiana Man” and “Diggy Diggy Lo.” But it was Doug who went on to be the superstar from 1969 through the early ’70s, making very successful appearances on The Johnny Cash Show, opening for Derek & the Dominoes at the Fillmore, and even having his own Top 40 hit, “Hello Woman,” in 1981. I’ve never seen the dude live, but his Alive & Pickin’ live album from the ’70s is a blistering, energetic set of pure Cajun country. He’s older now (obviously), so he might have mellowed some, I dunno. But Cajun isn’t just a young man’s genre, so it’s a good bet he won’t spend the night staring at his shoes. BRIAN J. BARR

Om, Lichens, Sir Richard Bishop, Neumo's, $10, 8 p.m.

Om consist of bassist-vocalist Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Hakius. The two were former members of Sleep, whose masterpiece, Dopesmoker, is considered one of the finest achievements of the stoner-metal genre. With Om, they are carrying the stoner torch, but it’s hard to categorize them as stoner metal. As their moniker suggests, there is a meditative, mantra-esque strain coursing through their music. The pair are content to brood over the same two or three notes for 10–12 minutes, drawing the listener in through concentrated repetition like some slow-moving river. But then, after a pause for breath, Om erupt and their once soft riffs become landslides, crashing waves, and howling winds, capable of patiently eroding entire mountains. They did this for their first two records and they did it for their third and latest, Pilgrimage. It’s not gimmicky, though; Om are just Om. . . . And for those of us with a love of both Alice Coltrane and Kyuss, they could do it forever and we wouldn’t mind. With Lichens and Sir Richard Bishop. BRIAN J. BARR

The Resets, Uni and Her Ukelele, the Jank, Come Say Hello, Comet Tavern, $6, 8 p.m.

I know you want to dismiss San Fran’s Uni and her Ukelele as a cute Tiny Tim-inia. And true, her novelty tunes like “Christmas on Tatooine (A Very Merry Star Wars Christmas),” the thrift-store outfits, and the tons o’ freakin’ unicorns, glitter, and rainbows that she drowns herself in are the stuff that folks who are oh-so-serious about their music get all kinds of pissy about. But this freaky lil’ chiquita with her big, slightly deranged smile and even bigger pipes also delivers some inspired original ditties on her latest, My Favorite Letter Is U (Unicornbread Records; yes, that’s right, Unicornbread), and an occasional live cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find U in the End” that will convert even the most somber audiophile into her glittery, super-gay (in the best traditional and contemporary senses of the word) army. With the Resets, the Jank, and Come Say Hello. MA’CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

 
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