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Helmet, the Melvins, and Hovercraft: The first two acts, both veteran hard-core standard-bearers, are okay, if a bit long in the aesthetic tooth. The bright young hope on this bill is Hovercraft, which isn't even hard-core, except in the experimental sense. The sound of the Seattle-based instrumental trio (guitarist Campbell 2000, bassist Sadie 7 and drummer Karl 3-30) was once compared to "the innermost thoughts of a passing serial killer"--a sublime, if startling, analogy. Songs like "Vagus Nerve" and "De-Orbit Burn," from Hovercraft's new disc, Akathisia, strike us (from deep left field, we grant) as a synthesis of Dick Dale and Galaxie 500 if the former was on downers and the latter was on uppers and the acts were playing at a Mekong clambake for Robert Duvall's Mad Hatter crew in Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Like, wow--wipeout. Regurgitator, and Caustic Resin share the stage; the all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $12 in advance, $13 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster (call 894-0707 or 784-4444). The members of Helmet are scheduled to sign autographs at 2 p.m. Friday at the Zia Record Exchange at 105 West University in Tempe (call 829-1967).

Phoenix Mercury: Coach Cheryl Miller's Women's National Basketball Association franchise continues its first season, in the WNBA's inaugural year, with games against the Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25; and the Cleveland Rockers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $8 to $25, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 252-9622, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Ozzie Ahlers: Ahlers, a solid keyboardist with a highly melodic style, has played with Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Jesse Colin Young and, most recently, Craig Chaquico. (On the downside, Ozzie contributed to the soundtrack of Gumby: The Movie.) Touring behind his solo debut, Fingerpainting, Ahlers performs free shows at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Borders Books & Music at 7320 West Bell in Glendale (call 487-9110); 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Borders store at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa (call 833-2244); and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Borders location at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200 (call 957-6660).

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
Loot: See Thursday.
Pageant: See Thursday.

saturday
july 26
Brad featuring Stone Gossard: While intense slacker Eddie Vedder quietly stews, Pearl Jam guitarist Gossard is fiddling with this excellent side project, which also features Satchel vocalist Shawn Smith and drummer Regan Hagar. Supporting its second disc, Interiors, Brad's scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Zia Record Exchange at 105 West University in Tempe; and at 9 that night at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Both shows are open to all ages; Verbow shares the latter bill. Admission to the Zia show is free (call 829-1967); tickets to the Gibson's show are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster (call 967-1234 or 784-4444).

Arizona Rattlers: Danny White coaches the arena-football squad, which takes on the Albany Firebirds at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the "Snake Pit": America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $9 to $37, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Ozzie Ahlers: See Friday.
"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Friday.
Loot: See Thursday.
Pageant: See Thursday.

sunday
july 27
Arizona Blues Showdown: The Phoenix Blues Society sponsors the seventh annual gathering of state bluesicians, who vie for a trip to Memphis for October's International Blues Talent Competition; the Valley's Sistah Blue placed second overall in last year's International. This year's state finals, featuring the top six acts from last week's prelims, are scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Chico Chism's Chicago Blues Band hosts a post-Showdown jam. The cover is $6. For details call 265-4842 or 252-0599.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Friday.
Loot: See Thursday.
Pageant: See Thursday.

tuesday
july 29
Phish: The navel-gazing quartet from Vermont, sort of a deep-woods Dead, is pretty popular, but that's more a product of its cool vibe than its derivative sound. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

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