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Heavenly Choir
Supergroup alert: The Invisible Choir, above, is coming for you. Comprised of former Splatcats and Oui*73 bassist/vocalist Richie Coffman; former Consorting Angels/As Summer Dies member Heinz Remus on drums; and bassist Alan Colicchia, late of Plastic Soul, the Choir is halfway through tracking for its full-length debut. A three-song advance sampler backs up the influences cited in the band's bio -- the unhinged, edgy rock of the Velvet Underground and the Stooges. Postpunk all the way, this stuff, with gritty choruses exploding out of adenoidal verses, Coffman's razor-wire distorted power chords looming like a dark cloud over the proceedings. The band hits the boards in Mister Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave., at 10 p.m. next Friday. Future Street People opens. You can get in the door for $3.

Outside in
Ah, the glory of the inevitably exploding eclectic underground. Let's face it, we all need to get a little weird sometimes, to go "outside" so that "inside" has something to exist in contrast to. If you've grown a bit weary of the same old thing, is presenting "Not the Same Old Show" at 11 p.m. next Friday in Nietzsche's 248 Allen St. Garbaz, the reigning area wizard of multimedia and captain of the light fantastic, will weave his wicked web of video installations, films, video feeds with live actors and general psychedelic cacophony, while Crittenden and Fold in Half Cat make merry on stage. A news release rightly claims a laundry list of sources for the music both bands play -- "Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, Portishead, Steely Dan, Mr. Bungle and Miles Davis." Call Nietzsche's at 886-8539 for info or visit
Reigning metal
Expect classic metal galore Wednesday evening, as seasoned purveyors of the heaviness metal church celebrate Thanksgiving by shattering eardrums and playing, to borrow a phrase from Jack Black in the film "School of Rock," "face-melters" inside the recently reopened Icon, 391 Ellicot St. Some subtly named openers will partake in the bloody bash -- Three Inches of Blood, Liquid Violence and Darkling share the bill. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 on the day of the show. Get yours at

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