Agouti and Cave Clove, two contemporary Bay Area bands with shared roots in psychedelic rock, release their respective records at Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco this Friday night. And they’ll share the stage with Battlehooch, San Francisco’s premiere purveyor of Zappaesque zanyism.

Cave Clove’s Dollars To Tokens EP is a powerful five-song collection that exhibits frontwoman Katie Colver’s lyrics-driven approach, recalling everyone from Stevie Nicks to Neil Young. “I’ve only continued, my dollars have all turned to tokens. At least I’ll be able to say I’ve followed my dreams,” she sings on “Sage Advice.” To gamble everything you own on the chance of living the life you want is a compelling idea, and a pervasive theme on this new record.

Pairing Colver’s lyrics with hooky melodies and guitar-driven instrumentation creates a powerful and dynamic live show — and an excellent way to spend your time if you could use some rejuvenating live music this Friday night.

Agouti’s music draws inspiration from a new-meets-old blend of classic psychedelic bands like Love and the 13th Floor Elevators, with contemporary music recorded directly to tape like Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. “Summertime,” the first single and track one on the new album Nodes, is an anachronistic triumph. The song sounds as if it could have been recorded yesterday, or 40 years ago.

Cave Clove, Agouti, Battlehooch
Cafe Du Nord
May 3, 2019
7:30pm, $12