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AM at Ogden After Hours
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu., Oct. 11
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600; www.ogdenmuseum.org

New Orleans native AM weaves together sweet, imaginative, hook-laden pop with a twist that's garnered him comparisons to tricksters like Beck and the Flaming Lips. Soft and understated, his songs are heavy with folk/rock and Americana influences turned inside out to create a sound that's familiar and fresh at the same time. It's tough to put a finger on why something so melodic and lovely could be so arresting; maybe it's AM's seemingly instinctual talent for pairing hard with soft and dark with light. Swirly, sunny keyboard threatens to plummet into an abyss of reverb; the lull of his soothing vocals is countered with a gloomy shimmer reminiscent of Nick Drake or the early Velvets. A favorite on the taste-making NPR pop show Morning Becomes Eclectic, AM's subtly hypnotic songs have wormed their way into the public consciousness via multiple TV placements. His latest, the sophomore effort Soul Variations, is hot off the presses. Tickets $10, free for Ogden members. — Fensterstock

 

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Dirty Diamond with Gito Gito Hustler
10 p.m. Fri., Oct. 12
Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-HIHO

How far can you go with a barely passable voice, a karaoke CD of Neil Diamond backing tracks and a filthy, filthy mind? Apparently, at least as far as a Philly-to-New Orleans tour. That's the deal with Dirty Diamond, a one-man Neil Diamond tribute act who rewrites soft-rock classics like "Cracklin' Rosie" ("Crack Rock Ho") and "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" ("Girl, Get That Abortion Soon") with lyrics so vile that those are pretty much the only two titles we can print. Splattering his rewrites generously with references to copious drug consumption and improbable sex acts, Dirty Diamond has whipped up an X-rated lounge set in thoroughly questionable taste with a little something to offend everyone — especially Neil Diamond. He's followed by a late-night set from Gito Gito Hustler (pictured), an explosive all-girl Japanese garage-punk quartet whose riffs are as mighty as Gamera, Mothra and Godzilla — all packed into four tiny women from Tokyo. Tickets $7. — Fensterstock

 

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The Melvins
10 p.m. Mon., Oct. 15
One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneyedjacks.net

Power-sludge trio the Melvins have been peddling a deranged brand of stoner metal for more than 20 years, managing to both influence and outlast such puny trends as grunge with the power of deep, grinding rock, a bizarre sense of humor, and lead guitarist Buzz Osborne's powerful hair. The group's latest album, (A) Senile Animal (Ipecac), came out last fall. Opening is Big Business, a duo that's actually a freak extra limb of the Melvins monster. It's composed of second Melvins drummer (and former Murder City Devil) Coady Willis and Melvins bassist Jared Warren playing churning, doomed-out metallic chaos with lots of yelling. There's also a special screening before the show of A Purge of Dissidents: an episode of animated weirdness by the underground artist Dalek that features music from members of the Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, Hold Steady, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Husker DÜ. Tickets $17. — Fensterstock

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