Tonight: Super Diamond Spreads the Good Word of Neil at The Showbox, LA Guns, DJ Suketu

Super Diamond, with Notorious Sensation. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $23. Neil Diamond should have his own late night show. He could wear his sequined blouses and talk about the 60s and how he's an expert fencer and have guests like Barbra Streisand and Brian Wilson come on, and San Francisco's Super Diamond could be the house band. Super Diamond - singer Surreal Neil, bassist Matt Diamond, keyboardists Rama Diamond and James Diamond, and drummer Vince Diamond - has already appeared on David Letterman and been featured in Spin and The New York Times. The band's live shows revive the classics, like "Cherry Cherry," "Sweet Caroline," and "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon," occasionally livening them up with riffs from "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Sweet Child O'Mine." And while Surreal Neil's raspy vocals fall a bit short of the original's warm and iconic croon, Super Diamond's obviously enthusiastic covers pay a worthy tribute to the Jewish Elvis. ERIN K. THOMPSON

LA Guns, with Blue Helix, Bloodshot Barrels, Side Effect. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312. While phrases like "mothers, lock up your daughters" might not have been coined with LA Guns in mind, they certainly capture the spirit of the band and its music. LA Guns has staked its reputation and career on power chords and dick-as-instrument imagery, perfecting the kind of sleaze rock sound that stops just short of actually giving you a venereal disease through your aural cavities. Sure, the content panders a bit to the lowest common denominator, and yes, the songs themselves are arguably reductive. Fortunately for LA Guns, they're also undeniably addictive - it's drunk-as-hell, sing-along chorus, lighter-waving encore, panties on the stage kind of music. NICHOLAS HALL

DJ Suketu, with DJ Aanshul. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 9 p.m. $15-$25. For those naive hippies who arrive in Mumbai expecting a world of gurus, cows, and a quaintly impoverished populace that seeks refuge in the technicolor glamour of Bollywood, the reality on the ground is always somewhat shocking. From the southern tip of Colaba to the northern suburbs of Bandra, the city pulses with a vibrant club culture that's hedonistic and trend-driven. The scene is only one aspect of Mumbai's pop culture, but it's a defining one. Most DJs in the scene make their names by remixing Bollywood hits, usually with a tough-guy, street-hop approach or, more likely, a trance-pop vibe that's upbeat and club-pleasing. DJ Suketu falls firmly into the latter camp, with a remix style that tends to strip everything but the giddy choruses out of the movie's item number, transforming them into propulsive, four-on-the-floor bangers. His style's not subtle, but it's definitely appealing. JASON FERGUSON

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