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This week, we review Raw Deluxe, Lucky Jesus, All My Pretty Ones, and King Cab.

Raw Deluxe, Raw Communication. Take it from the band: We got rhythm, we got soul, we got class, we got something to build upon, goes the chorus to the second track. Blending live hip-hop (drums, bass, keys, and sax) with Jurassic 5-style group raps (Lexx Luthor, MicBlake, and Soulati trade freely), Raw Deluxe delivers an exuberant hybrid of jazz, funk, and hip-hop. (Reel Deal Records)

At the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco) on Mar. 6. 10 p.m., $10

Lucky Jesus, Lucky Jesus. Despite hailing from the Castro and labeling its sound "queercore with a sense of humor," this SF quartet is simply a 20th-century pop band, and that's for the better. Ten tracks and 27 keyboard-infused minutes are grounded in friendly antics and living room jams, but can transcend their modest origins to prove they're not so simple after all. (self-released)

At the Stork Club (2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Mar. 7. 9 p.m., $5

All My Pretty Ones, Tone Poems. The beautiful vocal harmonies of the opening seconds set Tone Poems off on the right foot, then proceed to weave magic through all 48 minutes. Prominent piano and oboe work further distinguish All My Pretty Ones' indie folk, while frontman Derek Schmidt's songs, as somber as they are riveting, make for a head-on listening experience. (self-released)

At the Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Mar. 18. 9 p.m., free

King Cab, Buses, Sharks and Streams. King Cab features Jason and Gavin Hammon of Berkeley ska/punk band the Dancehall Crashers, but its sound is something else. The newly formed quartet — with Judea Eden Band's Emil Besson and Naked Barbies' Ben Decker — plays a gimmicky but competent blend of country and garage rock, where the slapdash twang feels almost forced. (self-released)

At Thee Parskide (1600 17th St., San Francisco) on Mar. 15. 4 p.m., free


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