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Deerhoof, with The Donkeys, Southeast Engine. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $13. All ages. Deerhoof hasn't had an album out since 2008's

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Tonight: Deerhoof at Vera, The Rob and Zach Show at Neumos, I Am Ghost at El Corazon

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Deerhoof, with The Donkeys, Southeast Engine. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $13. All ages. Deerhoof hasn't had an album out since 2008's Offend Maggie, but their near-legendary status among the indie kids is still going to make this one of Vera's biggest shows of the year. And it's not like the quartet hasn't been keeping busy this year - they've opened for Yoko Ono, covered Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures with labelmates Xiu Xiu at a festival in Austria, and re-released their best record, Apple O', on vinyl. On the one hand, listening to Apple O' gets you right back in touch with all the renowned Deerhoof hallmarks - loud, layered, shrill guitars, Matsuzaki's thin, high, bilingual vocals, Greg Saunier's clacking, ticking, pummeling drums. But then you're just back to wishing for a new record again. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Click to download "Sealed With A Kiss" from Apple O'

Pinback Presents: The Rob and Zach Show, with Little White Teeth. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $14. When you're 12 years along in your career as an incredibly progressive pop band, what do you do to keep things fresh? If you're Pinback, you strip things down to two songwriters (Rob Crow and Zach Smith) and leave your backing band at home. Early Pinback records were essentially Crow and Smith writing songs in their bedrooms, with whispered, intimate vocals gliding atop a bed of whatever off-the-wall instrumentation they could find at the time. They're likely to have a treasure trove of drum machines, loop pedals, synths, and other noise-makers to help them build their songs into overwhelmingly lush compositions. Getting a peek inside of that room is a pretty unique (and exclusively West Coast) experience. GREGORY FRANKLIN

I Am Ghost, with This Romantic Tragedy, We Are Defiance, Seize The Sun, Passion For Peril. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 7:30 p.m. $12. All ages. I Am Ghost is the ultimate wet dream for the Hot Topic crowd. Over the course of two albums, the pop-screamo act has developed a visual aesthetic that's equal parts My Chemical Romance and the Twilight franchise. These dudes are all about applying thick mascara, soaking their heads in jet-black hair dye and flirting with dark forces. In fact, back in 2007 bass player Brian Telestai and his wife, violinist Kerith Telestai, fled the group they helped put together, because they couldn't reconcile their Christian faith with their bandmates' growing love of the undead. Undeterred, I Am Ghost soldiered on and will release their third full-length sometime this year. JUSTIN F. FARRAR

 
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