Local Licks

This week we review Citizen Rhythm, Deerhoof, Allen Clapp & His Orchestra, and Legs.

Citizen Rhythm, Of the People, By the People, For the People

Smoothness might be a natural trait of the electric jazz guitar, so it’s to be expected that a quartet led by guitarist Terrence Brewer would err on the light side of the jazz spectrum — and his new album of standards by Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, et al, is nothing if not breezy. (Strong Brew Music)

At The Jazzschool (2087 Addison St., Berkeley) on Saturday, Sept. 22. $15 

Deerhoof, Breakup Song

Deerhoof’s deep-seated commitment to inscrutable noise doesn’t obviate occasional moments of earworm. Take “Flower,” a surprisingly catchy funk on the band’s eleventh LP: The melody is so sweet and cute that you can almost visualize a karaoke ball bouncing in the foreground. “The Trouble with Candyhands” is equally funky. (Polyvinyl Records)

At Slim’s (333 11th St., San Francisco) on Monday, Oct. 1. 8 p.m., $18  

Allen Clapp & His Orchestra, Mixed Greens

The word “orchestra” might be a misnomer in this case, since Allen Clapp’s orchestrations include nary more than conventional rock instruments. A Cal alum and committed Lutheran, Clapp writes intentionally nostalgic music, all bubbly harmonies, uplifting lyrics, and major-key melodies. It’s pretty cheesy, but that’s clearly his sensibility. (Mystery Lawn Music)

At The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Aug. 17. 9:30 p.m., $7-$12 

Legs, Legs

Legs’ entire discography consists of two self-titled EPs — that’s as much as you need to know about the group’s musical direction. It’s actually the work of two garage-rock instrumentalists, Matt Bullimore and Jeffrey Harland, plus a bunch of hired guns who round out the band. Their songs are chirpy and unwaveringly simple, in a Seventies kinda way. (self-released)


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