The late-night festival favorites return to Richmond with two new members, adding guitar and vocals to the tripod of keys, drums and bass. The Particle sound is intact, though, the slithering action music that would be a good soundtrack to the chase scene in a spy movie, adorned here and there with spacey guitar solos and reggae beats. Particle plays with Kid Beyond on Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. $15-$17.50. 643-2582.
Richmond Turntable Sessions at ADA Gallery
Those tricky devils at Patchwork Collective add turntables to the mix of avant-garde music and they further twist what improvisation sounds like with the Turntable Sessions. Pair a DJ, like Richmatic's Throdown or WRIR's Hoodrich or Chuck B, with a group of instrumentalists from, say, Bio Ritmo, Tulsa Drone or Yo Mama's Brass Band, and give them 10 minutes to find out if records and brass can live together in harmony. It starts Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. $5. 644-0100.
WRIR Show at What Will Someday Be Toad's Place
Construction on the new music venue on Kanawha Canal pauses momentarily for Richmond Indie Radio's Spring 2006 Pledge Drive, at the Lady Bird Hat Factory Saturday, April 29. Charlottesville "gypsylachian" ladies Las Gitanas, new wave duo Gorgeous, power-pop band The Cheap Seats, Red Anthem (the artists formerly known as Vega), Southern punks The Deviltones and guitar-loving Octane Saints all try to stay afloat on a stage in the canal, starting at 3 p.m. $10. 649-9737.
Isis and D„lek at Hyperlink Café
Hit/Play brings to town the endlessly churning sludge-rock of Boston's Isis. Like elevator music for the insane, long jags of fuzzy sound are intercut with delicate threads of guitar work, keeping the hapless listener always slightly off-balance. Isis plays with the beautifully droning underground hip-hop of D„lek, Pittsburgh's prog-rock duo Zombi and Richmond's own Souvenir's Young America, Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. $12. 254-1942.
Eliza Gilkyson at Ashland Coffee and Tea
Austin singer-songwriter Gilkyson pours a little more of herself into her 10th album, "Paradise Hotel," a collection of songs told almost in a whisper, like she's telling secrets somewhere Out West on anything from the politics of war to the life of her granddaughter. She plays Ashland Thursday, April 27, at 8 p.m. $15. 798-1702.