Stone Free

Lookout for Hope gleefully rips apart the conventions of jazz

Ultimately, the band recognizes that if it faces a bit of resistance for its nontraditional sound, it also benefits in some ways. As Sistrunk says: "We're the best band at this, 'cause we're the only one."

Karaoke Uber Alles: Sid Vicious might be gagging in his grave, but the merger of punk-rock rage and karaoke cheesiness is here, so we might as well get used to it. Punk Rock Karaoke returns to Hollywood Alley in Mesa on Saturday, February 28, with audience members invited to croak out as many Black Flag, Dead Kennedys or Circle Jerks songs as their throats can manage, with live backing. Also on the bill are Southern California band Capital Radio, and local heroes Mad At 'Em.

Full House: Local DJ Pete Salaz takes his one-off house-music night, known as "RedMonkey," to the Riverbottom Lounge this Friday, February 27. In addition to Salaz, guest DJs include his partner, Ed Amador, and acclaimed West Coast DJ Marques Wyatt. The long night of house runs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Who's in town: A band by any other name wouldn't generate as much resistance, but it probably wouldn't sound as good as Fuck, a quartet rooted in San Francisco, but whose leader, Tim Prudhomme, lives in New York. Often compared to Matador labelmates Pavement, Fuck's sound is truly all over the map and readily comparable to no one, but Prudhomme's intelligent songwriting ties the whole thing together admirably. They'll be at Stinkweeds Record Exchange in Tempe on Monday, March 2, along with Cable Hogue. This show should not be missed.

The H.O.R.D.E. Band 2 Band Combat show at Gibson's in Tempe on Thursday, February 26, features a local lineup, but I guess you could say it has national implications. The winner of this contest earns a slot on this summer's H.O.R.D.E. tour when it hits the Valley. Contestants include Kongo Shock, Honey Child, Satellite, Sledville, and Jamie's Brother.

--Gilbert Garcia

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