Poncho Sanchez, Skinny Puppy, David Bazan -- Plugged In: ASD's Live Music Picks, June 21
Can’t enough percussion: Poncho Sanchez, 8 and 10 at Yoshi’s Jazz Club. $20.
“Poncho Sanchez is an uncompromising artist who has always blurred the lines of imposed musical categorization. The legendary conguero readily admits to the lasting impression left on his musical psyche by the 60’s soul music he heard as a teenager. Raise Your Hand, Sanchez’s first record in two years, pays tribute the timeless sound of classic soul while effortlessly blending his unique brand of funky Latin jazz.” --Jazz Review
Always room for Satan: Skinny Puppy, 9 at the Fillmore. $27.50
“'What we share with everyone is glum and dark,' Nivek Ogre intones on Skinny Puppy's first full album in eight years, potentially diluting these industrial pioneers' legacy to typecast platitude. True, Orge and electronics blacksmith cEvin Key have forged a disc that delivers more beat-driven accessibility than atmospheric abrasion. They're no longer the scary Puppy of the Eighties that inspired Nine Inch Nails. But there is still enough edge -- musical and political -- to fuel this streamlined return.” --Rolling Stone
If subdued melodic songwriters are more your thing: David Bazan, 9:30 at Bottom of the Hill. $12.
“Bazan is lyrically driven, yet still makes his music hauntingly infectious by paralleling guitar lines and tempo amazingly with his vocal delivery. Fewer Moving Parts will please Pedro the Lion fans from all eras. Anybody who appreciates artists that bare their soul should give this EP a listen, as Bazan is a songwriter who is simply unmatched in his ability to invoke emotion in a listener while the listener actually cares for Bazan’s own well-being.” --AbsolutePunk
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