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Monday music picks: Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 11, 2014

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Red 7. Generally it has been easy to avoid viewing Sean Lennon’s music through a father-son lens, given the diversity of his solo work and his past associations with Japanese indie-pop outfit Cibo Matto. But it’s hard not to listen to the first couple albums by Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, his present band with Charlotte Kemp Muhl, and not draw comparisons to the mid-career “Rubber Soul”-to-”Sgt. Pepper” transition of his dad’s Beatles heyday. This isn’t a bad thing, really, especially given that much of Saber Tooth’s music is similarly ambitious from a compositional standpoint. On the new “Midnight Sun,” which the band promoted at South by Southwest earlier this year, they push past their previous chamber-folk leanings toward a heavier, more psychedelic sound. Oklahoma garage-punk band Broncho opens. $12-$14. 611 E. Seventh St. — P.B.

Also: Another recent SXSW visitor, Band of Skulls, which opened for Soundgarden at the iTunes Fest, is back for a gig at Emo’s with Sacco. … Be Godfreycelebrates the release of its new EP indoors at the Mohawk. … Matt McCormackhelps Maria’s Taco Express keep rolling with its newly expanded live music schedule. … Pop-rock band Wrenfroplays its regular Monday gig at Strange Brew.