Rock & Pop

White Orange

When: Mon., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. 2011

It's been four years since Queens of the Stone Age released new material; in the meantime, White Orange has apparently decided to pick up Josh Homme's slack — seriously. The Portland foursome's self-titled debut sounds at times like a cover album, from singer-guitarist Dustin Hill's lackadaisical stoner cadence to the fuzzy staccato looping guitar riffs. Hill, who writes all the material, apparently also has serious crushes on Torche, Dinosaur Jr., and Sonic Youth. If that combination sounds too good to be true, well, you're right. That said, this band does write some catchy songs that will likely appeal to fans of heavy, psych-tinged desert rock. Plus, there's something to be said for emulating one's idols. After all, it's not uncommon for bands to start their careers as tributes or shameless rip-offs, only to eventually discover their own voices. Whether that will happen with White Orange isn't clear, but it sounds like they've got a solid foundation. On Sunday, Nov. 6, at Rockit Room (406 Clement St., San Francisco; 8 p.m., $5) and Monday, Nov. 7, at El Rio (3158 Mission St., San Francisco; 7 p.m., $5). ElRioSF.com

Kathleen Richards

Price: $5

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