Chaos Theory

In Pop Music, It’s Anyone's Guess

October 24
Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201-653-1703

Conceived as something between a one-off and recorded performance art, Kathleen Hanna's latest band was an instant smash among sympa-thetic souls who loved Bikini Kill only in principle. With guitar thrash subsumed in keyb trash and the humor more pronounced and arty, the enthusiasm of the speedy tempos no longer betrays the slightest desperation. On this second try, we'll find out whether they have the will and spirit to make their live show cohere as magically. (Christgau)

Stay tuned for the Go-Betweens reunion.
photo: Bleddyn Butcher
Stay tuned for the Go-Betweens reunion.

October 28
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 545-7536

This Pakistani qawwali group specializes in the classical (i.e., tighter) version of the ecstatic devotional music more or less popularized by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The nine-piece ensemble, which also performs in the looser contemporary style, consists of sons (including Farid) and grandsons of the venerated eightysomething qawwali singer Munshi Raziuddin, who is expected to be on hand as well. (Gehr)

October 28
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, 496-7070

This double bill features key Buena Vista supporting castmembers Torres (the youngest of the bunch and purveyor of the son guajiro) and Portuondo (the haunting voice in that unforgettable duet with Ibrahim Ferrer). Torres is regarded as the preeminent laud (roughly analogous to Yomo Toro's cuatro) player of Cuba, evoking the courtly balladry of the interior. Portuondo ranks with Afro-diaspora divas of Latin America like Susana Baca and Cesaria Evoria, a more subtle version of Celia Cruz with '40s arrangements and deliberate rhythms. (Morales)

November 3-5
Westbeth Theatre Center, 151 Bank Street, 691-2272

Headliners of this year's nugget-nostalgiaganza include Bronx ain't-seen-nothin'-yetters the Blues Magoos, sleazeballs-from-where-the-wild-things-are the Troggs, and seminally sepulchrally organ-drenched L.A. legends the Music Machine (first live talk-talk in 33 years for these bowl-haired, black-gloved boppers, and Sean Bonniwell's complication is still an only child!). Plus tribute-garage kiddies galore, most notably Japan's Thee Michelle Gun Elephant. (Eddy)

November 3 and 4
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, 564-4882

She's gotta run out of juice eventually. But after 10 years of building an audience her way, from coffeehouses and college rec rooms to two nights at the Ham, she shows no signs of giving up, slowing down, or repeating herself. Old fans who believe she's lost excitement have simply outgrown her as she matures into a uniquely jazzy shade of folk or folk-rock and carries her many righteous messages to bigger and bigger audiences. (Christgau)

« Previous Page