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9 p.m. Wed., June 4
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

The British group Swervedriver emerged in 1990 with the EP Son of a Mustang Ford , an explosion of swirling, layered rock with a steel core underneath its psychedelic buzz and hum. Muscular riffs purred inside the dense, fuzzed-out shoegazer tsunami of its sound like a high-horsepower combustion engine, connecting it musically to the grinding, growling proto-punk of bands like the Stooges. The group disbanded in 1998, and this is its first stateside gig in 10 years. It's joined by Terra Diablo, a quartet of transplanted Scotsmen who recorded its last two albums locally for the New Orleans-based Nocturnal Records. Its heavy riffs, snotty lyrics and pop-friendly wall of sound recall the '90s wave of U.K. acts like the Verve. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. — Alison Fensterstock




And the Ball and All
8 p.m. Sun., Jun. 8
Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812;

High hair and housedresses will invade St. Charles Avenue when Ricky Graham's ever-durable, ever-hilarious Y'at comedy — And the Ball and All crashes the elegant stage at Le Chat Noir. Original cast members Becky Allen, Amanda Hebert, Yvette Hargis and Mandy Zirkenbach will be joined by Rebecca Taliancich, Gogo Borgering and Patrick Mendelson as the ladies of the Mystic Krewe of Terpsichore and their friends, who are in the throes of planning a Carnival ball that threatens to be more wrecks than Rex. The show's opening night is a benefit for a real-life mystic krewe, Satyricon. Regular performances begin Friday, June 13. For tickets to the benefit show only, call 525-4498. Tickets $30. — Kevin Allman


9 p.m. Sun., June 8
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

The dance-pop group Ladytron formed in Liverpool in 1998, when the word "electroclash" was coined to describe a rash of musical gangs of arty, nightclub-haunting hipsters (Fischerspooner, Goldfrapp and Chicks on Speed, to name a few) with keyboard synthesizers, severe asymmetrical haircuts and the jaded, cosmopolitan look of people who do mountains of free drugs at exclusive warehouse parties in Berlin or Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The genre title didn't stick around, but the band did, with its fourth studio album, Velocifero , out this week. The quartet has turned out a record of fuzzy, textured layers of keys, guitar and insistent beats that manages to be both infectiously danceable and quite severe — maybe it's the lyrics, barked in Bulgarian (one track is a cover of the theme song from a popular Bulgarian children's movie). Claiming influence from sonic pioneers as diverse as Os Mutantes and the Birthday Party, Ladytron is decisively erasing any doubt as to its ability to outlast a trend. Opening is the tracksuit-clad, lo-fi Norwegian synth-pop duo Datarock, whose Grease -esque, deadpan track "Computer Camp Love" is nothing short of geek genius. Tickets $18. — Fensterstock


PotLuckCon Benefit for Sweet Home New Orleans
9 p.m. Sat., June 7
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

The annual recording-industry gathering PotLuckCon (known for its first six years in New Orleans as TapeOpCon, after the trade magazine that served as co-producer) has a reputation for purposely under-hyped live shows that utilize the talents of its participants — for example, a memorable 2005 show from the confrontational artist and acclaimed producer Steve Albini. This year, the main nighttime concert is a benefit for the charity Sweet Home New Orleans, with local favorites Bonerama on the bill. The program includes conventioneers like alt-pop godfather and former dB Chris Stamey, who now owns a recording studio in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he's spent the past decade producing acts like Whiskeytown, Alejandro Escovedo and Tift Merritt. Joey Burns and John Convertino of the sprawling indie collective Calexico also bring their spooky, ethereal, textured country landscapes, but the real ringer on the roster is the reunion of the Blues Magoos. The Bronx, N.Y.-born group played gritty, psychedelic garage rock in the vein of the 13th Floor Elevators, scoring a top 10 hit with its debut single in 1967, but faded in the early '70s. Younger fans of the genre will remember the band from its inclusion on Lenny Kaye's seminal Nuggets box set. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock


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