It wasn't long ago that Los Angeles music blogs latched onto dream-pop trio Superhumanoids -- and with good reason. Formed in the Silver Lake neighborhood, Superhumanoids likely absorbed some of the musical DNA left behind by former residents Local Natives and Elliott Smith, considering its penchant for (somewhat) cerebral, heartfelt pop. At times, Superhumanoids veers into the hallucinatory guitarscapes of, say, DIIV; bleak-sounding Eighties new wave; and even its chillwave forebears. The otherworldly harmonies of members Cameron Parkins, Sarah Chernoff, and Max St. John are underscored by an ever-funky bass and tight percussion that keeps the band from floating too far into the ether. "Geri," the lead single from the band's forthcoming debut album Exhibitionists, is perhaps more nostalgically groovy and shimmery than anything Superhumanoids has released before -- hopefully giving a taste of what's to come. Superhumanoids will open for Cold War Kids at The Regency Ballroom (1290 Sutter St., San Francisco) on Thursday, May 23. 8 p.m., $23, $25.TheRegencyBallroom.com$23-$25
Among metal fans, Kylesa has been a somewhat polarizing band: Some feel the Savannah, Georgia outfit marries sludge and accessibility in a supremely satisfying way; others feel it's overrated, underwhelming, and just another example of "hipster metal." Ultimately, however, Kylesa may be best appreciated as a heavy band that non-metal folks can really get into -- and that's not a knock (in my book). It's got psychedelic tendencies; two vocalists (one male, one female), neither of whom veer into obnoxious territory; two drummers (if you really like textural thudding); and hooks that are heavy but not alienating. Kylesa's new album, Ultraviolet (out May 28), doesn't stray from the band's earlier sound, but does expand upon it: Singer Laura Pleasants' vocals are more present and ethereal, and songs occasionally explore droney, space-rock territory. There are still mid-tempo headbanging numbers for stoners who dig that, too. Kylesa fans won't be disappointed -- and neither will their non-metal friends. At Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco) on Saturday, May 25. 8 p.m., $16. SlimsPresents.com$16
Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.