Precisely styled garage-rock combos The Hives and The Donnasthe first from Sweden, the second from Californiadont command the mainstream market share they once did. (Then again, neither do the Strokes, and they had one of their T-shirts featured throughout most of Transformers.) On last falls The Black and White Album, the Hives responded to the threat of imminent irrelevance by souping up their sound with beats from Pharrell Williams, among other sonic sweeteners; the result, for better or for worse, sounded very much like a Hives album. The Donnas strategy on last years so-so Bitchin was less complicated: They put a big leather-pants-wrapped butt on the CDs cover. (You know what they say about desperate times.) That said, the Hives and the Donnas remain two of rocks most dependably energetic live acts. Get em to play their old stuff tonight and youll go home happyand sweaty.
Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., 2008