Known primarily as a jazz violinist, the New York–based Jenny Schienman released a self-titled album in 2008 that confounded record store clerks but dazzled critics: it couldn’t be filed in any specific genre yet wonderfully captured a strange, eerie American music, somewhere in the air between Manhattan and Tuscaloosa. Since, Schienman has played with LucindaWilliams, Bill Frisell and Sean Lennon, and this week sits in with the jazz drummer Allison Miller. A student of the great Lenny White, Miller is steeped in jazz roots while adapting in the mainstream to bands backing Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco and Brandi Carlile. On tour with Schienman, pianist Myra Melford and bassist Todd Sickafoose, Miller brings her excellent second album Boom Tic Boom to life on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $18–$21, 415.383.9600.
Dec 16 at the HP Pavilion.Om
Get in a meditative metal state of mind; earplugs optional.
Dec 16 at the Independent.Killing JokeBritish post-punkers blazed the way for industrial music.
Dec 17 at the Regency Ballroom.Silian RailPummeling two-piece rips through songs from their latest, “Parhelion.”
Dec 17 at the Hemlock Tavern.HiroshimaParty like it’s 1985 with a glass of Chardonnay and smoth grooves.
Dec 17–19 at Yoshi’s SF.Monsters of AccordionJason Webley, Renee de la Prade and others wrangle the bellows.
Dec 18 at Slim’s.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.