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Telepathe, Hot Guts, Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, The Girls, Anthony Hamilton, Jennifer O'Connor, Little Joy, Jotto

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Fri., Nov. 14, 8pm. $10. With Diplo, Blaqstar, Abe Vigoda + Boy 8 Bit. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St. 866.468.7619.

On their recordings Brooklyn electro-rock outfit Telepathe occasionally resembles early Cocteau Twins with ethereal vocals, gauzy keys, guitars and mechanized beats. Live, though the group (whose lineup seems to shift with every performance) is much more primal and experimental, creating a trance-like vibe that comes across like a more ambient, more eerie version of Siouxsie Sioux's the Creatures. Tonight you'll probably be hearing lots from Telepathe's forthcoming album which was produced by the band's good pal and longtime champion Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. (Michael Alan Goldberg)

Hot Guts

Thurs., Nov. 13, 9pm. $8. With Royal Bangs + Fun Dogs. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888.

Hot Guts must have a thing for canines, sharing tours and split cassettes with fellow locals Fun Dogs and Dog on the Loose. The gritty trio also has a self-titled CD-R under its belt and a 7-inch on the way, both of which intently burrow into heavy, downcast rock complete with monotone singing and intermittent lashings of noise. The crushing distortion of "Ballad of Jon Simon" and contraband jangle of "Crisis Face" recall the early days of Ohio's underrated Moviola, although "Nice Slave" and "Did You Not Go to the Dance Alone" sleepwalk into the dreary rumble and drone of the Silver Apples, proceeding ominously with phasers set on stun. (Doug Wallen)

Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer

Sat., Nov. 15, 7pm. $10. With Kill Verona, Jena Berlin, Gennero + the Wonder Years. Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. 215.735.4847.

We won't cater to band members Vince Ratti and Rachel Minton's desire to call Zolof's music "spunk rock" because it makes us picture Johnny Rotten sex-pistoling goo all over shredded amps. But we will admit that Zolof's new LP Schematics throbs with the pupil-blasted teenage-powerpop kind of high that begs for drunk road-trip upskirt sex. From the pom-pom Oh-Mickey-you're-so-fine sing-along shoulder-shaking "Can't Stand It" to the supercute meow factor of jump-rope lovesick lyrics "Let's hold hands and listen to shitty bands" and "Whenever I have a fever you become my favorite doctor," we're thinking the full-band set at Broad Street Ministry will get the hometown crowd pumping rock rainbows out of our post-election, post-baseball bouncy-souled hearts. (Tara Murtha)

The Girls

Wed., Nov. 12, 8pm. $10. With Dear Althea, the Rowdies + Mikingmihrab. J.C. Dobbs, 304 South St.

There are plenty of all-girl bands to get crazy about, but Seattle quintet the Girls aren't one of them. An all-girl band, that is. But their music--a ridiculously energetic and entertaining mix of power-pop, new wave, glam-rock and trash-punk--is way worth getting crazy about. Led by charismatic frontman Shannon Brown--who's like Iggy Pop, Ric Ocasek and David Johansen all rolled into one--these five dudes bring the crunchiest guitars and the cheesiest synthesizers together with vocal yelps and squeals in a way that suggests the Buzzcocks as the prom band in an '80s John Hughes flick. (M.A.G.)

Anthony Hamilton

Fri., Nov. 14, 8:30pm. $35. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.

One premise of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that there can only be one slayer in the world at a time. In one episode, however, a kink in the system grants the world two slayers. Likewise, it appears that although Al Green is still alive and kicking, we've got another one making the rounds. R&B/gospel/soul singer Anthony Hamilton has Green's suave and sensual personality coupled with his expressive, soulful, spine-chilling voice. Hamilton's oeuvre ranges from slow, pulsating love songs to lively funk pieces, covering everything in between with aplomb. Cross your fingers he'll play the heart-wrenching "Do You Feel Me"--you can't help but fall to pieces inside. (Katherine Silkaitis)

Jennifer O'Connor + Amy Ray

Thurs., Nov. 13, 9pm. $18. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

Emotional cutters unite and gather scabbed hearts around Jennifer O'Connor, Brooklyn-based babe whose songs almost shock in their straightforward musicianship and sincerity. The girl broke my heart when I first heard the soulful "Daytrotter" version of "Dirty City Blues" from last year's Over the Mountain, Across the Valley and Back to the Stars, the heart-twisting Matador debut that wobbles with melancholy, upbeat songs after personal tragedies struck O'Connor like a freight train. On her latest album Here With Me (produced and mixed by John Agnello, who twiddled knobs on the Hold Steady, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. records), O'Connor digs her heels further into that nebulous sweet spot between intimate and universal, where most girls with guitars out there just can't hack it. Headliner Amy Ray should draw out an interesting mix of hardcore vest-rocking Indigo Girls fans and fresh indie faces just finding O'Connor's voice. (T.M.)

Little Joy

Wed., Nov 12, 8pm. $8. With the Dead Trees + Robes. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888.

I can't say I was ever a big fan of the Strokes, but I have enjoyed the solo and side projects some of its members have been pursuing during the band's hiatus, which is now pushing into its third year. Drummer Fabrizio Moretti--y'know, the guy who used to schtup Drew Barrymore--really raises the bar with his new band Little Joy, which also includes his girlfriend Binki Shapiro on vocals and guitar, and Los Hermanos multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante (plus a couple of touring musicians). LJ's newly released, eponymous disc finds the combo unfurling sunny, easygoing '60s Cali-beach-pop and Brazilian melodies with an approach that's much more charming and captivating than Moretti's primary outfit. (M.A.G.)


Sat., Nov. 15, 9pm. $5. With An American Chinese + In Grenada. Connie's Ric Rac, 1132 S. Ninth St. 215.279.7587.

Like this time last year, the young Philly five-piece Jotto have bestowed upon us a free-to-download EP. Good Friend Electric may still be marked by atmosphere, repetition and art-rock cool, but there's a heavier synth presence and singer Aaron Fisher-Cohen is more submerged and less prone to lyrical sprawl. Each song is a unique experiment, from the fall-apart folk of "Glad We Weren't There" and the Krautrock lullaby "Fall 1998" to the post-punk guitar and mechanical drumming of "Against the Backdrop" and the sparsely constructed "Ugly." If there's nothing as immediate as the first EP's "Young in the City," Jotto are smoothing their rookie rough edges while always expanding and exploring. (D.W.)

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