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Posted at 5:58 PM ET, 04/ 4/2008

April Mixtape

By David Malitz

It's a month of impressive double bills. Les Savy Fav + the Dodos, the Dirtbombs + Kelley Stoltz, the Felice Brothers + Justin Townes Earle and Monotonix + Dark Meat account for almost half of this month's songs. Also be sure to check out Canadian songstress Kathleen Edwards, New Orleans jazz vets Preservation Jazz Hall Band and the always reliable Jay Reatard.

"The Equestrian" - Les Savy Fav (Black Cat, April 4)
Angular punks didn't miss a beat after a long recording hiatus, serving up more hard-hitting tunes with their biggest hooks yet. The insane live show remains, too.

"Jodi" - The Dodos (Black Cat, April 4)
Experimental folk that never gets too weird, combining the more accessible aspects of Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective into a tidy little package.

"Ever Lovin' Man" - The Dirtbombs (Rock and Roll Hotel, April 5)
If it ain't broke ... Motor City rockers do high-octane, soul-garage rock better than anyone else around.

"The Sun Comes Through" - Kelley Stoltz (Rock and Roll Hotel, April 5)
Woozy, reverb-drenched psych-pop. This song could be a long-lost cousin of the Kinks' "Lazy Old Sun."

"How Can I Be Sure" - Shelby Lynne (State Theatre, April 7)
One of Nashville's finest offers up a smokey, seductive version of the Young Rascals' 1967 hit.

"Frankie's Gun!" - The Felice Brothers (Iota, April 10)
Band of brothers go for a classic Americana sound and end up with what sounds like an outtake from "The Basement Tapes." Mission accomplished.

"Hard Livin'" - Justin Townes Earle (Iota, April 10)
His dad is Steve Earle and he's named after Townes Van Zandt, so was there any question that he was going to play gritty, clever country-rock?

"Summers and Autumns" - Monotonix (The Red & the Black, April 12)
This is perfectly wonderful slab of noise-scuzz-rock, but this Israeli trio must be seen to believe. Fire, beer swilling and spitting, audience participation, garbage being dumped on a drummer who looks just like Borat ... seriously, don't miss this show.

"Freedom Ritual" - Dark Meat (The Red & the Black, April 12)
This dozen-plus-member weirdo-rock collective might be more out there than Monotonix -- and they are sharing a bill. Read my SXSW report for more details.

"I Don't Feel Young" - Wye Oak (Black Cat, April 13)
The Baltimore duo keeps things quiet for the first half of this gentle lament, but works up an impressive head of steam with plenty of shimmering layers.

"Back to Me" - Kathleen Edwards (Birchmere, April 14)
Canadian roots-rocker has everything you'd want: smart lyrics, good melodies and a pretty voice with personality.

"Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)" - Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Wolf Trap, April 15-16)
Few know how to let the good times roll like these mainstays of the New Orleans jazz scene.

"Evangelista I" - Evangelista (Velvet Lounge, April 16)
There's experimental, and then there's Evangelista. Noted indie howler Carla Bozulich lets loose over 9 minutes of effects-laden noise on this track.

"Through the Wind" (MySpace stream) - Nicolay and Kay (Black Cat, April 18)
Nicolay (Foreign Exchange) and Kay (the Foundation) team up on this R&B jam, which boasts a chorus that sounds straight out of Paisley Park Studios.

"Thicker Than a Smokey" - Gary Higgins (Velvet Lounge, April 19)
Higgins' 1973 lost classic "Red Hash" (this is the lead track) inspired a generation of forlorn freak folk. For better or worse.

"Modern Day Saint" - Via Audio (Black Cat, April 24)
Indie-pop that's both understated and catchy, in the vein of Spoon. And what do you know -- Spoon's drummer handled production duties.

"Foam Hands" - Destroyer (Black Cat, April 25)
Baroque, hyper-literate epic indie rock sounds positively terrifying, but Dan Bejar has been making it work for a dozen years. His new album, "Trouble in Dreams," is another winner.

"Always Wanting More" - Jay Reatard (Black Cat, April 26)
Jay Reatard, the coolest dude with the worst stage name in music today. His latest single is more fuzz-pop-punk perfection.

"Catherine the Waitress" - Teitur (Jammin' Java, April 29)
Watch out for this London singer-songwriter, who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. He shows off a few here, enhancing this toe-tapping tune with blasts of brass and what sure sounds like vibraphone.

"Shoulda Known" - Atmosphere (9:30 club, April 29)
Slug and Ant were some of the first mainstays on the indie-hip-hop scene and are still going strong after a decade. Their latest single has a bit of a grime feel to it, built around an especially sinister keyboard loop.

-- David

By David Malitz  | April 4, 2008; 5:58 PM ET
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