FRIDAY: Joe Robinson, "It's Not Easy"
A true wonder from Down Under, Joe Robinson has got fingers of fire. You can see why he won first place on "Australia's Got Talent" and has made fans out of Steve Vai and the late Les Paul. So he's a natural to heat up the crowd tonight at the Center for the Arts in Natick before Kaki King. Six-string enthusiasts can only hope the pair do a little dueling.
- SARAH RODMAN
SATURDAY: Destroyer, "Kaputt"
Hot ladies in leotards! Teen geek in glasses! Desert mirages! Flying whale! Did you really need anything else to start your weekend on an acid trip? The surreal video for Destroyer's "Kaputt," off the psychedelic rockers' new album with the same name, has all of that and then some. Led by Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Bejar, whom you might also know from his work with the New Pornographers, Destroyer comes to the Middle East Downstairs tomorrow night with the War on Drugs and Cuffs in the opening slots. (You should also check out Kelefa Sanneh's amusing profile of Bejar's doppelganger in The New Yorker recently.)
- JAMES REED
SUNDAY: Weekend, "Monday Morning/Monongah, WV"
Those crushing to the front of the Paradise for post-punk pioneers Wire this Sunday may want to crush a bit earlier to experience the full-frontal-feedback of San Francisco's Weekend. Critics were all kinds of a'gush when the band's debut, "Sports" (Slumberland) dropped this past November, and their ears are likely still ringing. Take the next seven minutes to yourself and enjoy the washed out reverie --- and the masked, muddy, Super Soaker smackdown -- of the "Monday Morning/Monongah, WV" two-fer above.
More of Weekend on Myspace.
- MICHAEL BRODEUR
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ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
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Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
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