Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember, a native of Rugby, England, formed the trance-rock group Spacemen 3 while attending art college. After Spacemen 3 disbanded, he started a new band called Spectrum and released their debut album in 1992. Since then, Spectrum has released several albums in elaborate packaging and unusual formats. Last year, Kember produced MGMT’s second album, imbuing it with his signature space-inspired sound.
All the way from Sacramento, the three-piece band Secure Sounds recently released a new EP, Down With Your Wall. They’re embarking on a mini-tour with a few Bay Area stops before heading up north. Catch them at Johnny V’s with My Parade and Neonanyway.
Lisa Engelken has called several cities home: Big Skies, DC, New York City and San Francisco. With a three-octave range and a commanding stage presence, it’s no wonder the contemporary jazz singer has had to shuffle residences to find the perfect place to call home. Engelken performs at Club Regent at the Fairmont on Wednesday.
The Avalon’s bringing more of that feel-good reggae to the South Bay fresh off last week’s show with The Green. From Hawaii via Santa Barbara, Iration’s been climbing the reggae charts. They’ve come a long way from their days of garage jamming at college parties; their sophomore album reached the iTunes Reggae Top 10.
Enchanted April tells the story of four very different women who begin as strangers and end as close friends. Elizabeth von Arnim wrote the novel in 1922, Peter Barnes turned it into an Academy Award-nominated screenplay in 1992, and Matthew Barber adapted it into a Tony Award-nominated play on Broadway in 2003. San Jose’s Northside Theatre Company takes on Enchanted April under the direction of Meredith King, running now through May 8 (see the full review by Liz Hamill).