Critic's Choice for the week of November 6-12, 2002 

A creaky country-fried prince, a festival of death, movies about odd music, a country-jazz big band, and a singer who satisfies.

ROCK

No matter what name he uses -- Palace Brothers, Palace Music, Palace, Will Oldham, or Bonnie Prince Billy -- the country-fried indie-rock raconteur can always conjure up dust motes and September sunlight with the slightest creak of his soft tenor. He goes solo Wednesday night at the Great American Music Hall. Colin Michael Gagon, the Heavenly States, and Birds of America open the show. 415-478-2277. (Stefanie Kalem)

It's time to party hard because it's time to party. Did you know that girls own love? But that doesn't mean that you got to do it. Heck, just have a fun night. Take it off. Don't stop living in the red and party till you puke. Andrew WK, Slim's, Tuesday. 415-522-0333. (Katy St. Clair)

On Friday, Club Galia in the San Francisco Mission District hosts a "Belated Dia de los Muertos" party with Spanish-language rock bands Pastilla, La Plebe, and others. Pastilla rose in the mid-'90s from the L.A. underground with a sharp metallic chrome sound and thrash performance attitude. With La Plebe, the hardest partying Bay Area Latino rock band, on the bill, it's the kind of night crudas (hangovers) are made of. 415-970-9777. (Jesse "Chuy" Varela).

AVANT-GARDE

Don't miss Friday through Sunday's Other Minds, Eyes, & Ears Film Festival at SF's Castro Theater. Extraordinary films, many never before shown in the United States, which explore 20th-century avant-garde music. Live performance of DJ Spooky's remixology on D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation; films on Zappa, Riley, Grainger's passion for flagellation, Antheil, and Theremin; plus David Hegerty's original Grainger organ medley. A must-see. 415-934-8134. (Jason Serinus)

WESTERN SWING

Fresh from a San Francisco Jazz Festival appearance, guitarist Don Burnham leads the world's swingingest country-jazz big band, Lost Weekend, Sunday at the Freight & Salvage. With the area's best players on pedal steel, fiddles, and horns, plus singer Melissa Collard, they'll bring to life the tunes on their hot Harbor Lights and Cowboy Blues CD. 510-548-1761. (Larry Kelp)

JAZZ

One of the most consistently satisfying jazz singers to have emerged in some time, Tierney Sutton approaches her thoughtfully chosen, imaginatively arranged material in a subtle, sustain-rich manner, recalling Ella Fitzgerald's scat style, and functioning more as a member of a quartet than simply as a vocalist with instrumental trio accompaniment. Sutton and her stunningly cohesive combo, featuring pianist Christian Jacob, come to Yoshi's on Monday. 510-238-9200. (Lee Hildebrand)

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