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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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