CLONE DEFECTS+ANDY G & THE ROLLER KINGS One could argue that Clone Defects are the most legitimately "Detroit-sounding" of the myriad great garage gangs to have slithered out of the Motor City in the past half-decade, and one might be right. But really, the slavering concrete-jungle whines, solar-system obsession, and irreverently downscale art touches (sci-fi feedback, surf twang, extended drones, drunken boogie-woogie motion) on 2001's Blood on Jupiter and their even more feral new Shapes of Venus sound closer to classic Cleveland—Rocket From the Tombs, Dead Boys, Electric Eels. Local sax-honky hoods Andy G and the Roller Kings, opening on Friday, are recommended to anyone who doubts Rocket From the Crypt could be more fun. FRIDAY AT 9, Siberia, 356 West 40th Street, 212-333-4141; SATURDAY AT 8:30, Sin-é, 150 Attorney Street, 212-388-0077. (Eddy)

THE JAYHAWKS A friend of mine has chosen the Jayhawks' surreally wistful Hollywood Town Hall as his "war album," summing up as it does a certain sad out-of-placeness and futile shame. As of late re-smitten with their band's bygone rurality, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman have turned their late-'90s pop-bombastic Smile upside down and taken to staring out the window for the Byrdsy, Buffalo Spring-fried Rainy Day Music. These acoustic sets promise to skid further in that direction. And it may be just the thing. With Tim Easton. THURSDAY AT 8, Warsaw, 261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-387-5252; SATURDAY AT 10, Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201-653-1703. (Sinagra)

ANNIE LENNOX No anodyne androgyne, she. Watching the well-tailored Bowie-drag of "Sweet Dreams" on JumboTron at the staid Grammy proceedings this year was a mindblower (just like any casual flip past VH1 Classic during a new wave flashback). These days, life in slicked garages and techno-caves can feel like walking on broken glass. So even if her reunion with Dave Stewart didn't re-knight her as the diva of 1999, in these dichotomous times, any Lennox is something to dandy up for. MONDAY AT 8, Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, 212-531-5305. (Sinagra)

Reunited and it feels so good: Byrne and Leichter perform Thursday and Friday at symphony space (see dance).
photo: B. McCormick
Reunited and it feels so good: Byrne and Leichter perform Thursday and Friday at symphony space (see dance).

DAVID MURRAY In recent years, the tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist found a new rhythmic home in the music of Guadaloupe and especially in Gwo-Ka, leading first to Creole and then the more radical Yonn-Dé, a collaboration with the Gwo-Ka Masters, including drummers Klod Kiavué and Philippe Makaia, who will visit for this concert, a first. They will work with Murray's quartet: trumpeter Hugh Ragin, bassist Jaribu Shahid, and the remarkable Chicago drummer Hamid Drake. Murray had done extraordinary things in this hall, and this concert, the second in the World Music Institute's "Africa in the Americas" series, will be no exception. SATURDAY AT 8, Aaron Davis Hall, West 135 Street and Convent Avenue, 212-650-7100. (Giddins)

WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS In conjunction with the USA Network, your friends at Clear Channel present a 70th birthday celebration for a singer and guitarist who's generally pretty great backed by nobody but the friends of 30 years in his band. Among the 16 announced special guests: Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, ZZ Top, Norah Jones, and, uh-oh, Toby Keith, who I hope but don't believe will tastefully avoid his Willie duet on that string-'em-up song. WEDNESDAY AT 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212-496-7070. (Christgau)

CLARK TERRY A luminous and unmistakable stylist, Terry lights up a room. At 82, he continues to make the trumpet soar, whimper, or chortle, as the occasion demands, and he leads one of the classiest quintets around, with saxophonist Dave Glasser, pianist Don Friedman (whose old Riversides are worth searching out), Marcus McLaurine, and Sylvia Cuenca. You expect to be entertained, but it's when Terry burrows into a solo, skipping through the changes with wily pluck, that you shake your head in wonder and remember how deep laughter can cut. THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY AT 9 AND 11, Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, 212-581-3080. (Giddins)


NAN GOLDIN Perhaps because she's made us all feel like members of her extended family, Goldin's big, sprawling shows are always events. The latest, "Heartbeat," and its attendant slide show revolve largely around photographs of three couples at home, often in the nude, frequently making love. This is fertile, if familiar, territory for Goldin, and she brings back gorgeously lit, effortlessly composed images from her forays into these bedrooms. Though for the first time I couldn't help wondering, What the hell is she doing there? Goldin remains irresistibly seductive. And maybe that answers my question. THROUGH APRIL 19, Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street, 212-243-0200. (Aletti)

ADI NES This Israeli photographer makes an impressive New York solo debut with a group of color images that—like Jeff Wall's, Justine Kurland's, and Collier Schorr's—are so convincingly staged they sometimes feel like documents. But because many of Nes's photos are inspired by mythology or history painting and involve handsome soldiers in vaguely homoerotic situations (in one series, they're sleeping nestled together on a bus), they also have the dreamy quality of fantasies fulfilled. The interplay of reality and artifice gives Nes's work a tension that keeps its lush sensuality neatly in check. THROUGH SATURDAY, Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, 212-645-1701. (Aletti)


'CARMILLA' The late Wilford Leach's ETC Company at La MaMa specialized in outré multimedia music-theater works that usually evoked meanings just beyond the visible. One of the eeriest was this 1970 opera, set to lustrous, wide-ranging music by Ben Johnston, based on Sheridan Le Fanu's famous vampire tale, its unspoken lesbian undercurrent always present as the story's tension racks up. The current production, with Leach's staging restored by Ellen Stewart, reunites most of the original company, with guest artist John Kelly as the Mountebank (originally played by the troupe's co-director John Braswell). The bulk of the action takes place on an ornately carved bench; keep an eye on those carvings. OPENS THURSDAY, THROUGH APRIL 27, La MaMa ETC, 74A East 4th Street, 212-475-7710. (Feingold)

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