Irony Butterfly, Oceanography
You can only tell so much about a band from its name. Take Irony Butterfly, a local garage band whose bright color palette belies its hard-rock sound. The band's new seven-inch consists of three songs. The sound is purposefully tinny but singer Dietger Genet (who moonlights as the band's graphic artist and glockenspiel player) has a warm, yowly voice. (Little Pablo Records)
Garrett Pierce, Everybody Breaks
The sad violin on Garrett Pierce's folk ballad "Shake Us Like Waves" perfectly suits the singer's melancholy disposition. It's a pretty, anguished tune, made all the more sorrowful by Pierce's withery vocals: When you go out tonight remember those/Fallen sick as if their legs were cut to bone. His arrangements are thin, but his words crackle. (Narnack Records)
At the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on Tuesday, Oct. 25. 9 p.m., $7.
Producer Scott Hansen — aka Tycho — could almost fit into the "glo-fi" microtrend, since he has all the required attributes: warm, bubbly, laptop melodies; dinky programmed drumbeats; songs that loop on and on. By contemporary standards, though, he's sophisticated. Dive gets interesting on the title track, which incorporates a human voice — albeit computerized. The rest is mostly guitar hooks and geek reverie. (Ghostly International)
Extra Classic, Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like a Laser Beam
The members of reggae-influenced garage band Extra Classic probably have more in common with Debbie Harry than with the Jamaican dub artists whose styles they've appropriated. That said, they do a nice job of mixing discrete elements (rocksteady beats and rock diva vocals) and highlighting the incongruities wherever possible. As a concept, it's harrowing. But by some alchemy, the execution works. (Manimal Vinyl)
At The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 8 p.m., $15.
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