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International, underground acts top Fresno concert choices this weekend

Oakland band SWMRS returns to Fresno for a show Sunday, April 3, at Strummer’s.
Oakland band SWMRS returns to Fresno for a show Sunday, April 3, at Strummer’s. Special to The Bee

This week, Anton Barbeau leads a lineup of live music happenings that can best be described as eclectic.

The Sacramento songwriter (now living in Berlin) was once one of Spin Magazine’s “100 Greatest Bands You’ve (Probably) Never Heard,” and plays psychedelic pop music that brings to mind Robyn Hitchcock, XTC and the late-stage Beatles.

You have two chances to see Barbeau. He plays at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Peeve’s Public House, with Fresno pop favorite band Blake Jones and the Trike Shop, and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Tower District Records, with San Francisco’s The Corner Laughers. Both show are free and open to all ages.

Other concert picks for the week:

International rock

The event: Israeli songstress Tamar Aphek stops in Visalia on the last date of a U.S. tour. She plays with Australian indie-pop band Big White.

The draw: In the Israeli music scene, Aphek is a pioneer, though she’s played more than 1,000 gigs in Europe and the United States, with the bands Carusella and Shoshana and with her current self-named project. Australia’s Big White plays indie-rock with ’90 flair (think Pavement, Sonic Youth) and is here with the backing of Burger Records.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia. $10. 559-636-9463,

Beach punks party

The event: Oakland punk band SWMRS returns to Fresno with San Diego trio The Frights.

The draw: Two modern takes on garage rock surf punk. The Frights pull off fuzzed-out, amped-up Beach Boys-esque doo-wop, while SWMRS go more the reverb-y dance-rock route.

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave. $12-$14, all ages. 559-485-5356,

Hip-hop alternative

The event: Hip-hop act Tyler, the Creator plays a sure-to-be-packed show at the Rainbow Ballroom.

The draw: Many will know Tyler as the leader/co-founder of the hip hop collective Odd Future (other members include Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis). Others may remember the various controversies he caused, including that series of Mountain Dew commercials with the crazy goat that was eventually pulled by Pepsi. Tyler’s last album, “Cherry Bomb” was released in 2015.

Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at Rainbow Ballroom, 1725 Broadway Ave., $30, all ages. 559-264-6404,

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee