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May 6th to May 15th

Trent Rezner's sobriety suits him well. Eleven years ago, I witnessed the mike stand mayhem that is chiseled into Nine Inch Nail lore. The last two nights at the Warfield were a different animal, Trent still desires the same love, but in a clenched fist, choreographed stage show kinda way. Trent pounced as stealthily as a black panther, his muscular biceps shining in the backlight all night long. We squinted and shouted, the light was on us to prove we were still fans. NIN worldwide tour is completely sold out.

Playing In the Fog Presents
Hemlock Tavern
May 7th, 10 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

Playing in the Fog is your source for all bands local and indie. Tonight's showcase features The Lonelyhearts, Smile Brigade, and Mandrake. If you're out of the loop and want to tap some new sounds in rock, head down to Polk Street. More info: <a href=""></a>;

Trashcan Sinatras with Matt Costa
333 Slim's
May 11th, 8PM
$16 ~ All Ages

Those who found themselves shutout for Coldplay's "secret" show at the Fillmore last week, should divert their funds to the other side of town. The veteran Scottish four piece helped clear the stage for the latest (early 2000's) crop of show stealing BritPop bands, and despite their confusing name, deserve your attention.

Lyrics Born
Great American Music Hall
May 12th, 9 PM
$18 ~ All Ages

Local HipHop star, Lyrics Born show has been compared to the Jurassic 5, which is to say, more activism and less shiny gold chains. Check out his funky performance. No opener has been announced.

M.I.A. Featuring Diplo with DJ Jefrodisiac
The Independent
May 13th, 9PM
$12 ~ 21 and over

The rescheduled show. Tickets for the March show will be honored. M.I.A. is the IT Girl; her rapid-fire HipHop/Bollywood beats are the talk of the town. This show is sold out online, but chances are tickets will be in abundance on the sidewalk outside. M.I.A opens for LCD Soundsystem at The Fillmore on May 14th. $22. All ages. Not sold out. Also, M.I.A plays Amoeba Records, May 14th, 5 PM, FREE!

Om with Six Organs of Admittance
Bottom of the Hill
May 21st, 10 PM
$10 ~ 21 and over

Six Organ's celebrate the release of their first long play, School of the Flower out on the Drag City label. The local outfit play a trippy version of rock and roll: part pych, part folk, part San Francisco. Al Cisneros (bass, vocals) and Chris Hakius (drums), former members of Sleep, headline as Om. They won't be your run of the mill 2 piece, expect a long soundtrack for the mind performance. Six Organ's also play on the Amoeba Records stage at 2 PM, Sunday May 22nd.

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