Tonight: Josiah Wolf @ the Vera Project, Jacuzzi Boys @ the Funhouse

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Josiah Wolf, with The Donkeys, AU. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages. Best known as drummer of indie rock meets hip-hop act WHY?, multi-instrumentalist Josiah Wolf used his wide array of experience and expertise to create a 12-track opportunity to step out from the band's shadow: his debut solo effort, Jet Lag. But it's not an issue of sibling rivalry: younger brother and WHY? frontman Yoni mixed the record, and Josiah's wistful vocals often reach toward the same falsetto as his younger brother--and in doing so achieve the same contemplative effect. The ethereal and psychedelic pop melodies are filled with bells and flowing organ chords that fade in and out like a pleasant breeze. Subtly co-opting some of WHY?'s finer moments, Josiah Wolf makes for a smart and heartfelt listen. NICK FELDMAN

Jacuzzi Boys, with Coconut Coolouts, Indian Wars, Butts. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $7. A new school of garage bands is springing up nationwide. The flourishing DYI scene in Oxford, Mississippi has brought us the Bass Drum of Death. Austin's home to the sublime Harlem and Woven Bones. San Francisco has masked, avant-freak Nobunny. And Miami can now boast the Jacuzzi Boys, who may look like electro-clash, hipsters tots, but sound like the bastard grandchildren of Roky Erikson. Keeping it low-fi, with cheeky lyrics, winks to surf music and Nirvana alike, and an ear for a danceable grooves that suggest one or more of them have been party DJs, Jacuzzi Boys distinguish themselves as one of the hotter bands to watch this year. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

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