Life Is....Too Short. That's right. Bringing it back to the old school.

Brothers & Sisters, Night Canopy, the Warm Gun at Comet Tavern, 7 p.m.,


Saturday Show Suggestions

Life Is....Too Short. That's right. Bringing it back to the old school.

Brothers & Sisters, Night Canopy, the Warm Gun at Comet Tavern, 7 p.m., $7

Erik Neumann on Brothers & Sisters and Amy Blaschke:

Brothers and Sisters is an Austin based six-piece that plays indie rock combined with a mix of AM sunshine pop and disco. Their second full-length, Fortunately, is an oldie/indie hybrid that harkens back to Simon and Garfunkel, the Byrds and ABBA. Brothers and Sisters' songs usually lean more towards tradition than experimentation, and nostalgia is a guiding force in their work, instrumentally and lyrically (see song titles: "You're Gone," "Old Love Letters" and "Without You"). However, on Fortunately, the band brings out some heavier sounds than those on their previous self-titled album. Likewise, lighter folk songs like "Can't Hold Me Back," are illuminated with solid pedal steel work and thick vocal harmonies, making for a more personalized interpretation of these '60s styles. Also playing is Seattle's Night Canopy, another example of past meets present in the silky ballads of Amy Blaschke. Now that Blaschke is playing solo, the show is just as much about what she says as how she says it, so please, do us all a favor: Shut the fuck up and listen to her lyrics.

Head Like A Kite, Truckasaurus, Mad Rad at Neumos, 8 p.m., FREE

Hipster electro-dance madness. You can't go wrong with any of these bands, especially Mad Rad, who (to quote Ma'chell Duma Lavassar) make beats so sick they need life support. It's true. Also, I agree with her: they could absolutely get as big as the Beastie Boys, no question. And holy shit, it costs NOTHING. I promise you, this may never happen again.

The Whore Moans (CD release), the Hands, Wild Orchid Children at King Cobra, 9 p.m., $7

This is going to be a hell of a show. LOVE me some Hands.

Like it fast, loud and dirty? So do the Whore Moans. After self-released Wizard House debut Watch Out For This Thing knocked our socks (and slipped our panties) right off, The Cops' frontman Mike Jaworski approached the Whore Moans about releasing their next album, a sexy little gem called Hello From the Radio Wasteland, on his label, Mt. Fuji Records. No sophomore slump here; just a second rock-hard helping of This Thing's garage punk, garnished with drrty Delta blues (listen to "No Soul" if you don't believe me) and slathered in saucy smut. Mmmmm. Delicious. And for all those who don't do sloppy seconds, you can get yours two days before the record stores do by attending this show.

Too Short at Studio Seven, 8 p.m., $35, all ages

Kevin Capp on the Great Mac:

Before Master P popped his trunk and started distributing his albums direct to the streets, there was Too Short. Before 50 Cent declared, "I'm a motherfucking p-i-m-p," there was Too Short. And before Jay-Z announced his retirement, only to return like the Ghost of Christmas Past, there was Too Short, resurfacing just three years after the release of his "final" album in 1996. Since then, he's released a slew of albums. All praise the Mac. The Oakland-based innovator changed the game in so many ways, from selling tapes out of his car to turning pimping into pop culture fodder, that to imagine contemporary hip-hop without him is to imagine rock without Elvis. Need a primer? He's got 20 years worth of West Coast-style swagger you can study. Press play, take notes, and lock your daughter in her room.

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