April 6, 2005 

Bob Schneider-Radial Angel-The Melon Ball-Declan MacManus-Crossfade

Wednesday 6

Bob Schneider

With a name like Bob Schneider, you can pretty much head into any career field without prejudice. But as a musician, don't people use creative pseudonyms to enhance their rep? Not Bob, who grew up in Munich, Germany, moved to Texas and became a musician with his original name. Stints in bands came and went, and in 1999 Schneider became a solo act. He covers as much ground musically as he's covered geographically-a little bit singer/songwriter, toss in some funk, country, rock and folk and you've got Schneider's style, which is, um, encompassing. He also exhibits vast influences in his husky-voiced adult alternative lyrics, which is a nice way of saying the dude writes his songs to intentionally rile the crowd. He's equal opportunity offender. Perhaps it's evident in the working title of his next album, Fuck All You Motherfuckers. Also playing is Los Angeles-based roots-rock foursome Shurman. Be a trendsetter and catch them now, because Shurman releases its Vanguard Records debut Jubilee on April 12.

Big Easy-Bourbon Street, 7 p.m., $10.

Friday 8

Radial Angel

Signed to Warner Brothers's Christian label in 2002, the Oklahoma City-based rock band Radial Angel was ditched a year later when the label canned all of its"rock" bands. So now that begs the question of whether they are still Christian rockers or just a heaven-sent marketing campaign for Les Schwab Tires. Regardless, their catchy hooks have won the quartet a ton of indie success. Since 1999, Radial Angel released five albums, including their major label debut ,One More Last Time, which spawned the radio hit "She."

Boondocks Fun Center, $9.75.

Friday 8

The Melon Ball

Hey, slackers: Here's your chance to be a Good Samaritan with little effort on your part and reap rewards to boot. Go to the Melon Ball, a concert and art auction to benefit Cory Harding, a local 28-year-old programmer who recently underwent a third surgery to remove a brain tumor. The event includes performances by Nampa quartet The Invasion, as well as Bill Coffey, Ned Evett, John Warfel of Einstein's Itch and Tim Willis, who is actually man of a thousand bands, from punk to hard rock to indie. Stick around and bid on the artwork donated by local and national artists. It's feel-good fun.

The Big Easy Concert House, 7 p.m., $20.

Monday 11

Declan MacManus

If you don't know Declan MacManus, aka Elvis Costello, consider yourself a fuddy-duddy. Or a teenage slave to pop trends. Though he's linked to the punk revolution because of his spitting lyrics and his unyielding energy, this is the dude who, for more than 25 years, has rocked black-rimmed glasses. He's the OG of modern rock acclaim. Examples: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding," "Veronica," "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," and "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea." He's also the OG of parenthetical song titles.

The Big Easy, 7:30 p.m., $35.

Tuesday 12

Crossfade

The four members of Crossfade all look like bad boys on a Fox TV show-rough exterior with wild hairdos but a twinkle in the eye and a sparkle in the grin. This is not to imply they are phony or manufactured. In fact, the band worked its way up from the depths with ingenuity and passion. (How far have they come? Their old name speaks for itself: Sugardaddy Superstar.) Their intense, bottom-heavy sound combines weighty aural power with enduring melodies. Perhaps hard rock fans can recall "Starless," "Cold" and "So Far Away, " some hits from the South Carolina group's debut album Crossfade. Opening is Strata, a non-pretentious hard-rock foursome straight outta computer central, San Jose.

Big Easy, 7:30 pm., $13.50.

This Week in Music History

April 7, 1915-Eleanora Fagan Gough was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Blues singer Gough borrowed the name of her favorite silent-screen actress, Billie Dove, and became a success with the new name Billie Holiday.

April 11, 1961-Bob Dylan took the stage for his first professional live show, opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in New York.

April 7, 1962-Ice cream vendor Mick Jagger met Brian Jones and tennis court ball-boy Keith Richards at a blues club in London. The three men formed the Rolling Stones.

April 12, 1966-Jan & Dean's Jan Berry, going 60 mph in his Corvette, smashed into a parked truck on a Los Angeles street. Though Berry lived, he never fully recovered.

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