Sometimes shows slip in past the Coming Distractions deadline - this week, three noteworthy ones managed to sneak in.
First up is comedian Neil Hamburger Sept. 27 at the Blue Lamp (1400 Alhambra Blvd.). Hamburger is one of those guys whose fame sort of defies logic - his stage presence is often awkward and cringe-inducing. But, if you can stick it out, you'll be rewarded with some truly off-kilter humor. It's no wonder the hipster kids love him. Pleaseeasaur opens the show. Tickets ($8 advance, $10 door) are now on sale.
Then, Black Francis (pictured), Oct. 7 at Harlow's (2708 J St.). The Pixies frontman was going by the "Frank Black" moniker, but now he's re-adopted the name he went by during the iconic rock band's run. I know, I know - it can all get so confusing. But either way, the show is a must because Black Francis' solo stuff is pretty great. Tickets ($15, $18 door) are now on sale.
Finally, acclaimed singer-songwriter Meshell NdegeOcello plays Oct. 21 at Harlow's. In the early '90s, NdegeOcello was one of the first artists signed to Madonna's Maverick label and since then she's collaborated with the likes of John Mellencamp and Chaka Khan and racked up a few Grammy nominations. Tickets ($22.50, $25 door) go on sale Saturday.