This is Eddie Van Halen's wet dream, what looks like two guitar necks joined together and ripe for insane riffing. It's a homemade thingamajig with 10 strings that combines the allure of instruments like the hammer dulcimer, slide guitar, koto and fretless bass. Its creator, Brooklyn's Bradford Reed, plays this sucker with detachable wackjobs King Missile III and was a zither player in the Blue Man Group for eight years. Reed will play his pet instrument-along with 18 other artists and their own musical toys-at the 6th annual Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. If you're into seeing the far reaches of electronica music, this is the event-Oct. 6, 8 and 10 at the Smith Recital Hall (SDSU). $8-$12. 619-594-1696.
Three-dot guide to the stars...
A certain rapper who threatens to kill people if they swap same-sex spit will drop by Brick by Brick on Oct. 9. No, not the trunk-stuffer. It's Vinnie Paz, mic-man for Philly's Jedi Mind Tricks. The new album is a hate crime on tape, with ample good beats to make the Ghetto Boys invite "em over for for a game of pin-the-gunshot-wound-on-the-homo... In case your Anglophillic pals didn't log on to your Myspace account and tip you off, all the cool kids are making that monthly trip over to "Canes on Oct. 6 for the Scottish tender indie band, Snow Patrol. The next time you'll see white people so serious and melancholy, there'll be a preacher involved... To our dismay, Badly Drawn Boy continues to prove that he's no album artist-as most of the moody Limey's releases are more hit-and-miss than a SCUD missile. But he's one of the best live, and he's playing with hot! new! talent! Ray Lamontagne at "Canes on Oct. 13... Before the racial stereotypers make it illegal for Asians to drive, they should make it illegal for white boys to play reggae. In case this comes true, check out Boston's John Brown's Body at "Canes on Oct. 9. Pretty fly for non-black guys... Sony Records is just dying to break their entry into the Garage Rock Sweepstakes, Mooney Suzuki. Problem is, they're studio inept. So Sony just released a live album, which still doesn't catch the magic. Too bad, "cause we bet it's one of the best shows this week at the Casbah on Oct. 7... Trashcan Sinatras-didn't they join a cult with the Pet Shop Boys and think the dress code on comets included Nikes? The comet must be orbiting again at "Canes on Oct. 10... The brass at UCSD met this week to decide whether or not to finally kick out those anarchic little punks at the Che Café. Though they're self-righteous pains, they sure do book good indie-rock sometimes. Like this: One A.M. Radio (not sure how it is live, but on record, the delicate meditations turn me into Jell-O, and not that crappy Ralph's brand) with similarly down-and-gorgeous songwriter Julie Doiron, who might out-stare Cat Power in a contest for the last Xanax.... Word just in from a palm reader who works at Off the Record-miss the Mark Lanegan show and you will perish in a horrible dodgeball accident this week. He's the new Tom Waits. At the Casbah on Oct. 10... After making all those jokes about Air Supply, you will inexplicably find yourself in the 30th row at Humphrey's by the Bay on Oct. 8, weeping uncontrollably when the cheesier of the two old men on stage finally admits that he's so lost without you... First The Locust and now Converge? What, is Brett Gurewitz trying to turn Epitaph Records into a punk label or something? Only thing meaner than Converge at the Epicentre on Oct. 9 will be the bouncer who tells you that no, you can't go out to your car to get drunk and come back in when Cave In starts their set... After the Norah Jones show at Coors on Oct. 10, people driving Mini Coopers will rush home to conceive and seal the romantic feeling forever, only to find out that the Mini Cooper's lack of legroom also tampers with sperm count... De La Soul will play some of the best damn hip-hop in town at the Belly Up on Oct. 11, but you'll still secretly get impatient with how much time there is between when they say "What up, San Diego?" and when they autopilot through "Me, Myself and I"... On Oct. 8 at Winston's, Jim Page, Rob Wasserman and Vince Herman will try to pretend that the original name for their "Spirit of Guthrie Tour" wasn't originally called the "WMDs in George Dubya's Sphincter Tour"... Yes, it is gross that most of the people watching great Cajun band BeauSoleil are the type who suck the brains out of those cute pink river lobsters pounds at a time. At the California Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 9... And if you feel a slight shortage of buzz for missing the Snow Patrol show, the English press are going wacko over the electronic outfit Junior Boys, who play with Mouse on Mars and Ratatat at the Casbah on Oct. 8. But then again, the English press went wacko over Germany dropping just a couple small bombs back in the day, so they really can't be trusted.