This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Bear Hands + The Asteroid No. 4 at Johnny Brenda’s, Normal Love at Danger Danger Gallery


Bear Hands

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Bear Hands

When Modest Mouse released its sophomore LP, The Lonesome Crowded West, back in 1997, it seemed like exactly the kind of breakthrough album that could propel the band into indie-rock stardom. (Which it did.) Since then, the band has influenced countless newer acts in a variety of ways—the most distinctive and obvious of which is singer Isaac Brock’s voice. Truth be told, it is near impossible to listen to a track such as Bear Hands‘ “What A Drag” (off last year’s Burning Bush Supper Club) and not hear Brock’s voice when the singer yelps, “You’ve got them long nails / I’m dreaming of your god damn long nails” in a pinched, nasal tone. The band has probably come to terms with hearing that by now; after all, you can’t really spout out vocals like that and not expect such a comparison. Thankfully, the band has a few other vocal tricks up its sleeve, including the distorted falsetto on Supper Club‘s equally excellent opener, “Crime Pays.” Bear Hands performs with The Asteroid #4 and Snakes Say Hisss at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ are $10.

Do you love the early-’80s, Philly-based no wave band The Stick Men, but often wish they were a little less conventional in terms of songwriting? If so, we should probably discuss your idea of “conventional songwriting.” But, in the meantime, you’re going to love Normal Love. Normal Love performs with White Suns, Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, and Bad News Bats at Danger Danger Gallery; tickets to the all-ages show are $5-$10.

Also playing: Umphrey’s McGee + Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $25); Andrew Lipke And The Prospects + The New Connection, Oldermost, Lily And The Parlor Tricks at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Citizen Cope at Tin Angel (8 & 10:30 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)

Less Than Jake + The Supervillains, Off With Their Heads, Transit at The Trocadero (6:30 p.m, all ages, $17); Citizen Cope at Tin Angel (7:30 & 10 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT)



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