The San Francisco Examiner


By Bill Picture | Staff Writer
Published on Thursday, January 13, 2005
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Boyskout with Thenewstrange and Tartufi

S.F. lady-quartet Boyskout conjures up deliciously dark, dance-punk rhythms reminiscent of ill-fated Manchester post-punks Joy Division, fusing dark tales of betrayal and desperation with jangly, Cure-inflected guitar riffs, dramatic new-wave synth lines and Blondie's rough-edged libido. Boyskout is celebrating the release of its debut full-length "School of Etiquette" (Alive Records). Read more at

9 p.m. Friday at The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. Tickets are $7. Call (408) 29-BLANK or visit

Mutaytor with K.J. Sawka and DJs Motion Potion and Simon

Mutaytor, like Burning Man's Black Rock City, where the L.A.-based ensemble was born, lies smack dab at the creative intersection of music, visual art and performing art. The 36-man (and woman) collective awakens the senses with a tribal freak show of sorts that combines drummers and live musicians pumping out pulsating, electro-organic jams with fire dancers, aerialists and acrobats. Mutaytor is on the road promoting its latest release, "The Family Business." Read more at

8 p.m. Saturday at The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. Tickets are $17.50-$20. Call (415) 771-1421 or visit

Josh Fix & the Furious Force with Thriving Ivory and Fired

Local piano-pop torchbearer Josh Fix is helping work the nearly forgotten (at least in rock music) art of ivory-tickling into the usually guitar-heavy alternative-rock fold, combining the endearing earnestness of Billy Joel and Ben Folds (and, more recently, Keane) with a humbly subtle dash of Elton John's and Queen's (and, more recently, Scissor Sisters') flamboyant majesty. His self-produced EP caught the attention of a slew of A-list musicians, including Eddie Van Halen and Lenny Kravitz, who flew Fix out to New York just to party with him. It so impressed the folks at KFOG that they added some of the still-unsigned artist's songs to its playlist. Fix plays an "it's good to be home" gig this Saturday after wowing crowds in the Northeast last month.

9 p.m. Saturday at Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., San Francisco. Tickets are $10. Call (415) 861-5016 or visit

Sixteens with The Weegs and Bubonic Plague

Local art-disco foursome Sixteens revels in new wave's dark shadows, layering minimalist beats, chilly analog rhythms and heavily medicated tirades. The seedy sparkle of their lo-fi dance concoction is sure to whip the black-clad into a retro frenzy. Read more at

10 p.m. Saturday at the Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., San Francisco. Tickets are $6. Call (415) 923-0923 or visit

American Hi-Fi with Bowling for Soup and Riddlin' Kids

Punky pop-rockers American Hi-Fi are the indie scene's equivalent of a teen flick protagonist -- charmingly dorky and irresistibly doe-eyed. The Boston foursome got its first taste of success in 2001, when modern-rock stations across the country played the hell out of "Flavor of the Weak," the first single off the band's self-titled debut album, earning them opening slots for Phantom Planet, Sum 41 and Eve 6, just to name a few. They've since released a follow-up album, shortly after which their label dropped them for not being "emo" enough, found a new home at Maverick and toured with former Marvelous 3 frontman Butch Walker, who produced the mop-top-rocking cuties' forthcoming new album "Hearts on Parade," which is due out in March. Read more at

7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Slim's, 333 11th St., San Francisco. Tickets are $15. Call (415) 255-0333 or visit