Spacehog, and Imani Coppola: The Leeds, England, natives have been criticized for feeding too heavily at the '70s-glam trough, and even more harshly for not swiping the sound more artfully. But the retro stylings of their first CD Resident Alien--with its Bowie-esque hit "In the Meantime"--garnered them enough of a following to rate a second, The Chinese Album. More authentically glamorous is the delectable Coppola, whose hit "Legend of a Cowgirl," from her Columbia debut album Chupacabra, is a cheerful mission statement of fickleness. Garageland also shares the bill with the interstellar boar at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. All ages are welcome. 967-1234.
The Specials: The well-named ska/pop crew is still fronted by Lynval Golding, Neville Staples, Roddy Byers and Horace Panter, the founding fathers of this groundbreaking group and, by extension, of England's late-'70s 2-Tone movement. Busy Kongo Shock opens the show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. Advance tickets are $15; admission is $17 the day of the show. 921-7343, 784-4444 (Ticketmaster).