[ rock/pop/country ]
Having made ears bleed and feet dash to the back of the room in noise-punk trio POPO, Hassan Ali must've felt like proving that, y'know, he writes songs, too. His current project, Sunny Ali and the Kid, carries over his old band's minimal roomtoney vibe, but notches back the overdrive, giving his Wild-West musical motifs and disaffected observations room to breathe. Stream the punchy Try Harder EP at sunnyaliandthekid.bandcamp.com and ponder how much it sounds like a why'd-it-never-happen collabo between Mark E. Smith and Roger Miller. Then grab some spurs and suspenders and head for the Tritone.
Sat., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m., $7, with Prowler and The Chance, Tritone, 1508 South St., 215-545-0475, tritonebar.com.