The Plastic Arts, Academy Clonez
Sparseness is a principle in Kyle M. Terrizzi's music. The singer-songwriter makes music that has the lonely, airy quality of a guy strumming his guitar in a stairwell. His melodies are folksy, his lyrics plainspoken, his voice a soft, murmuring lilt that often smears words together. His love ballad "Crooked Books" is particularly beautiful. (self-released)
At Bazaar Café (5927 California St., San Francisco), on Saturday, Feb. 18. 7 p.m., free.
Common Human Traits, Some Songs to Evolve By
Even by garage-band standards, Common Human Traits is pretty bizarre, with its ever-shifting song structures, abstract rhythms, and foul-mouthed singer. The band avoids traditional verses and choruses, often opting for a long, rambling intro like on "Financial Aid." Common Human Traits seems to reside most comfortably in punk, but it might also qualify as a jam band. (self-released)
Planet Booty, Success EP
Planet Booty is about the most faithful homage to Seventies disco that exists in the Bay Area: Each song is a tight, forward-moving dance track with syncopated rhythm and a rubber-band bass. And the lyrics follow suit: Set your fashion free, sings lead vocalist Dylan Charles Germick on a song about looking fabulous. (self-released)
At Cafe Cocomo (650 Indiana St., San Francisco) on Friday, Mar. 2. 9 p.m., $12.
DJ Sake-1 & Black Scale, White Is the Lightest Shade of Black Mixtape, Winter 2012
True to form, Sake-1's new winter soundtrack is structured as one long mix — meaning the songs bleed into each other just the way they would in a club, with the beats always lining up perfectly. In this instance Sake opts for a light, bouncy, up-tempo feel, which seems a little jarring on normally sluggish songs like Drake's "Marvin's Room." But it's appropriate for a dance mix. (self-released)
At SomaR Bar (1727 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Tuesdays. 9 p.m., free.
Culture Spy - February 19, 1:45 PM
Seven Days - February 18, 5:00 PM
Seven Days - February 17, 4:09 PM
Seven Days - February 16, 3:24 PM
What the Fork - February 15, 2:00 PM