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Three bands we like who play entirely different kinds of music-- Born Anchors (straight-ahead rock), Partman Parthorse (freaky, satirical art rock band pictured on your

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Live Music Roundup: Thursday, May 21

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Three bands we like who play entirely different kinds of music-- Born Anchors (straight-ahead rock), Partman Parthorse (freaky, satirical art rock band pictured on your left) and They Live (hip hop) -- are at Sunset Tavern tonight at 9 p.m., for $6.

Lady Sovereign, Chester French, Hollywood Holt at the Crocodile, 8 p.m., $16 adv

Lady Sovereign is the Punky Brewster of the British grime scene. The 23-year-old MC's throwback fashion sense and outré persona, which she dissected in "Love Me or Hate Me," from her 2006 debut Public Warning, is just as self-consciously her own as that of the '80s TV character. And that's OK. Although her independent streak doubtlessly contributed to her running through three record companies, Sov's third full-length, Jigsaw, released in April, sits on a far more upbeat plane than the first two--even if the first video still has all the production value of a student film. (Remember that low-rent half-take on "Thriller" for "I Got U Dancing"?) The ebullient single "So Human" samples The Cure's beloved "Close To Me," over which Sov celebrates her individualism and fallibility, while the title track finds her using a jigsaw puzzle as a metaphor for her busted heart. So pop, er, Punky of her. KEVIN CAPP

Miniature Tigers, Kevin Devine, Brian Bonz, Honeydove at Chop Suey, 7 p.m., $12, all ages

Fake blood, haunted pyramids, baby dinosaurs, and cannibal queens. These are just a few sources of inspiration for the squeaky-clean, irresistible guitar-pop of the Phoenix quartet Miniature Tigers. Up there with Bishop Allen in terms of timeless simplicity, the fresh-faced young band slides through two-to-three-minute ditties as effortlessly as a comb through a pomaded pompadour on the jingle-jangle debut album Tell It To The Volcano. Leader Charlie Brand has an airy, relaxed voice and a knack for B-movie lyrics that jump out at us as if in 3D, and the title track rattles happily along before sealing the tropical island imagery with calypso backing vocals. Few bands this charismatic sound better with time, but Miniature Tigers somehow manage it. And as if that wasn't enough, they do a perfectly sprightly cover of ABBA's "Mamma Mia" as well. DOUG WALLEN

 
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