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Swallow the Sun plays El Corazon tonight

N.A.S.A., Staxx Brothers at Nectar Lounge, 9 p.m., $10

Not to be confused with our illustrious space program,

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Tonight's Show Suggestions

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Swallow the Sun plays El Corazon tonight

N.A.S.A., Staxx Brothers at Nectar Lounge, 9 p.m., $10

Not to be confused with our illustrious space program, N.A.S.A., aka North America/South America, represents the continent-crossing collaboration between L.A.'s Squeak E. Clean and Brazil's DJ Zegon. This pair of skater jocks' debut disc, Spirit of Apollo, crash-landed in stores February 17 with its polyglot sound and armada of guests. From David Byrne to Chuck D, Kool Keith to Tom Waits (and even a resurrected Ol' Dirty Bastard), N.A.S.A. skirts the troposphere and beyond with its fusion of hip-hop, New Wave and other genres. Just check "People Tree," a fitful head-nodder featuring Byrne's haunting wail and Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) riding the beat. Or the Wu-Tang-like "Way Down," featuring (appropriately) RZA, Barbie Hatch and John Frusciante. KEVIN CAPP

Soilwork, Darkane, Warbringer, Swallow The Sun, Darkest Grace, De-KreP-iT at El Corazon, 7 p.m,. $23

Like Soilwork, Swallow The Sun brings melody to death metal. But whereas the antiseptic headlining act grafts Speed Strid's ultra-clean choruses onto hard-rock verses, the atmospheric opener uses a virtual orchestra, tapping keyboard effects to supplement its doom-laden riffs with symphonic hooks. Hailing from Finland, Swallow The Sun reached #4 on its homeland's clearly adventurous singles chart with 2005's "Forgive Her...," a nine-minute murder ballad filtered through guttural vocals. Singer Mikko Kotamäki tranquilizes his growling-bear delivery during the group's more recent material, catchy progressive fare that sounds optimistic though it's actually gloomy as ever. Even the song "Hope" is a downer, plucking its title from the phrase "well of poisoned hope." The band's latest release contains a 34-minute track about star-crossed lovers and plague-carrying butterflies, pinning tragic deaths on one of nature's least frightening animals. Swallow The Sun can find the downside to anything, lyrically speaking, but live the group promises to make the most of its modest time allotment. ANDREW MILLER

 
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