ELECTRIC SIX+JAMES CHANCE+THE FEVER The headliners are what you'd get if the Hives worshiped at the altar of Some Girls rather than Fun House, and their odes to gay bars, Taco Bell, white girlfriends, and other big hits of mid-America are a literal and figurative scream. Not only is Fire (XL/Beggars) the funn(i)est album of 2003, it's selling for only $8 at Virgin. Pink on Pink (Kemado), the new EP from openers the Fever, is sloppier, straighter, and more sardonic than the E6, but the group's killer cover of Sheila E.'s "Glamorous Life" is worth the splurge by itself. In the middle, veteran punk-funkateer and early 2003 box-set recipient James Chance is just as good-time as his billmates, only a lot saltier. Pucker up. SATURDAY AT 10, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111. (Matos)

BUDDY GUY The Chicago-meets-Fat Possum sound clash on 2001's Sweet Tea was Buddy Guy's freshest musical statement in years. The new Blues Singer, a reverent treatment of Delta classics, doesn't allow him to get quite as fancy, but he's as nasty a guitarist as anyone in the Favored Nations camp. Onstage, he'll likely jump-start these songs with murderous ax work. With Los Lobos. TUESDAY AT 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212-307-7171. (Caramanica)

Circling through the goodies: Pierre et Gilles's Titayathong (see Photo).
photo: Pierre et Gilles/Robert Miller gallery, New York
Circling through the goodies: Pierre et Gilles's Titayathong (see Photo).

THE HIDDEN CAMERAS With a show that's part Flaming Lips, part Polyphonic Spree (that is, if both bands were queer in more than one sense of the word), main Camera Joel Gibb trashes the myth that all Canadian rockers are polite and temperate with his self-described "gay church folk music" that worships penis in a disarmingly big, blatant way. Come all ye sinners! With Royal City and Sufjan Stevens. THURSDAY AT 10, Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 212-219-3006. (Walters)

'LEGENDS OF THE CLARINET' Remember the Dom on St. Marks Place? That was in the '60s, the last time many of us heard Tony Scott, the roving clarinetist whose music went from bebop to Zen meditations. He turns 82 this week, and for his return, he shares the stage with the incomparable Buddy DeFranco (who also made a weird side trip, leading the Glenn Miller ghost band), and each night a third clarinetist as guest—on opening night yet another rover, Perry Robinson. Later in the week, the third man will be Kenny Davern, Don Byron, Marty Ehrlich, or Ronny Odrich, a heady and varied lineup. TUESDAY AT 8 AND 10, THROUGH JUNE 22, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, 212-582-2121. (Giddins)

VAN MORRISON He's a songwriter, and his paycheck's in the mail. But he's also a bandleader, first and foremost—even more so than a performer, which he can be when the mood gets in him. Which is, by all accounts, a lot more frequently than you might expect from a guy whose albums are festooned with songs about being a grumpy old man who misses the old days. Good, well-written songs about being a grumpy old man who misses the old days—songs a well-led band can take to the bridge. With Solomon Burke & the Soul Alive Orchestra. FRIDAY AT 8, Theater at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street, 212-307-7171. (Matos)

'ROLLINS BAND: WEST MEMPHIS THREE BENEFIT' Though the life-is-stranger-than-fiction documentaries Paradise Lost and Revelations: Paradise Lost 2 (three seemingly innocent teenage boys—the West Memphis Three—sentenced to life in prison due to small-town hysteria and legal incompetence) are real-life tragedies, this sadly still-ongoing story has its hopeful side. Many moved by the movies have donated their time, energy, and legal counsel. Tonight's show is part of a legal defense fund benefit tour and CD—Rise Above, a Black Flag tribute—featuring the Rollins Band, Hank, and fellow ex-Black Flag frontman and Circle Jerk Keith Morris. Free the West Memphis Three! With Puny Human. SATURDAY AT 8, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 212-777-6800. (Bosler)

'WILD, WILDER WESS: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC & LIVES OF FRANK WESS & JOE WILDER' Just another one of those cockeyed JVC titles, but an honorable idea—paying homage to two surviving masters, trumpeter Joe Wilder, whose lyricism and sweet tone are unscathed by age, and Frank Wess, who remains one of the most in-demand saxophonists and flutists in jazz. Joining them is a cabal of great players, worthy of a festival kickoff, including Jimmy Heath, Phil Woods, Antonio Hart, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Warren Vaché, Bill Charlap, Russell Malone, and many more. The gods will have to be really, really pissed at Festival Productions to allow this to be anything less than jam-session bliss. TUESDAY AT 8, Kaye Playhouse, East 68th Street between Park and Lexington avenues, 212-772-4448. (Giddins)


PIERRE ET GILLES For their first New York gallery show in more than 12 years, this provocative pair mounts a mini-retro that highlights the full range of their gloriously kitsch, sensationally queer, subversively comic inventiveness. Layering artifice upon artifice, Pierre et Gilles turn a repertory crew of hunks and babes into saints, sailors, starlets, or sluts, but this time they've reserved the most outrageous roles for themselves. In 13 huge images that pay homage to Lucas Samaras, representation slips dreamily into abstraction as their nude bodies (and looming hard-ons) are reflected, distorted, and duplicated in a mirrored environment a little too hellish to be pure pleasure dome. THROUGH JUNE 28, Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, 212-366-4774. (Aletti)

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