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TRULY 9/15, METRO This Seattle trio featuring former Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto and original Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel could be a supergroup--if anyone had ever heard of them. On their debut album, Fast Stories...From Kid Coma (Capitol), these castoffs sleepwalk through the detritus of the postgrunge era, propping up riffs, licks, and sounds that you may well have heard before (on records by Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, and Pond) with big production that includes overused swirling Mellotron and Wurlitzer textures. There are actual songs, of course, and while some of them may sport a catchy bit here and there, most of the melodic snippets seem appropriated as well. On the other hand fans of wahwah pedals won't go hungry. LAVA SUTRA 9/15, ELBO ROOM Lava Sutra's been banging around town for years, serving as Chicago's low-rent answer to Redd Kross without waiting for anyone to ask the question. They recently released their debut album, Hard and Heavy (With Marshmallow) (Whitehouse), a slow-witted summation of 70s rock that oozes adoration for everything from glam rock to bubblegum to heavy metal to British invasion to classic hard rock. The quartet's enthusiastic rip-offs, such as the dopey Kiss lift on the album's opener, "Popstar," ought to be parody, but they're totally lacking in irony. It's hard to imagine this record-collection meltdown being any less original. SUPERSUCKERS 9/15, DOUBLE DOOR, 9/16, METRO On their new album Sacrilicious (Sub Pop) these good-timey Seattle rockers continue to spit out hooky, familiar riffs with punkish simplicity. Joined by new second guitarist Rick Sims, former frontman for the Didjits, the band veers into melodic territory and slows things down now and again, but the focus remains on Eddie Spaghetti's coarse, throaty, and obnoxious yelping. It may look as if Supersuckers are transforming themselves into nothing more than a cranky pop band, but I wouldn't count them out. The foursome provides the only salvation on a three-band bill that also includes a pair of moronic Texas acts, Hagfish and the Reverend Horton Heat. ABRA MOORE 9/15-17, RIVIERA On her solo debut, Sing (Bohemia Beat), Austin's Abra Moore--an original member of Poi Dog Pondering, who headline this stand--arrives as a thoughtful, easygoing singer/songwriter type in the mold of Rickie Lee Jones, Edie Brickell, and Suzanne Vega. Unfortunately she doesn't travel beyond those stylistic models, so if that scene's not your bag there's no need to bother checking her out. On the other hand if the above triumvirate sets your loins to twitching, well, here's another singer to share morning coffee with.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jane Ross.

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