Wednesday, Sept. 5
PLAN A: Three Mile Pilot, Tit Wrench, Devfits @ The Casbah. If you missed local indie-rock greats Three Mile Pilot at Belly Up Tavern a couple weeks ago, you're in luck. What's even cooler, though, is that this show's a fundraiser for Jeff Winterberg, a beloved musician and rock photographer who's battling cancer. PLAN B: Dieter Moebius, Negativwobblyland, J Lesser, Tom Erbe @ Space 4 Art. Just in time for the 100th birthday of the late avant-garde icon John Cage, this concert brings together electronic-music artists who've pushed the boundaries of ambient rock, modular synths and sound collage. As part of the show, Tom Erbe will perform his version of Cage's fascinating 1952 piece, "Williams Mix." BACKUP PLAN: 2bers, Day-Go Produce, Kuazine King Ent., Dorian'o @ Kava Lounge.
Thursday, Sept. 6
PLAN A: Dinosaur Jr., Electric Flower Group @ Belly Up Tavern. Even as they've grown into their mid-40s, Dinosaur Jr. still hold down the fort as lords of super-charged indie-rock. They'll release their new album, I Bet on Sky, on Sept. 18. PLAN B: The Fresh & Onlys, Terry Malts, Tropical Popsicle @ Soda Bar. Hailing from the same garage-rock scene as Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees (see Monday), The Fresh & Onlys write crisp pop gems with just a hint of gloom. Terry Malts, meanwhile, pair fuzzy punk riffs with cavalier, Morrissey-like crooning. BACKUP PLAN: Suzi Analogue, Most Custom, Sleeve, eLan, DJ Pound, DJ CleanCut @ Kava Lounge.
Friday, Sept. 7
PLAN A: Scott H. Biram, Restavrant, Low Volts @ The Casbah. Plenty of hipsters have been crazy about folk and country lately, but Austin one-man band Scott H. Biram is the real deal. He looks like a trucker, sounds like he's been through Hell, and writes tunes with titles like "Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue." PLAN B: Marky Ramone, Midnight Eagle, DJ Juliancito, Little Fists, Mikey Ratt, Clean Cut DJs, Stack-Aly @ The Tower Bar. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Tower will showcase a little piece of punk-rock history—former Ramones drummer (and current pasta-sauce maker) Marky Ramone, who'll DJ from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. Also, make sure to check out madcap hardcore punks Midnight Eagle. BACKUP PLAN: Black Uhuru, Tribal Theory, DJ Dash Eye @ Belly Up Tavern.
Saturday, Sept. 8
PLAN A: Cosmetics, Soft Metals, Chasms, Asha, DJ Mario Orduno @ Soda Bar. Balancing gloomy vibes with propulsive grooves, Montreal synth-pop duo Cosmetics would get even the dourest goth kid dancing. Meanwhile, Captured Tracks label-mates Soft Metals channel the spirit of Kraftwerk with analog equipment and austere songcraft. PLAN B: Weatherbox, My Iron Lung, Throne @ Ché Café. Fans of local post-hardcore staples Weatherbox won't want to miss this one. The band's re-releasing its 2007 debut album, American Art, on vinyl, and to celebrate, they'll throw down some cuts they haven't played in years. BACKUP PLAN: Mike Garson w/ Lori Bell, Dave Curtis, Kevin Koch, Theo @ 98 Bottles.
Sunday, Sept. 9
PLAN A: Ed Ghost Tucker, Kongos, Kinetic, Mimi Zulu and The Re- venge @ The Ruby Room. The four brothers of Kongos were raised by John Kongos, a celebrated singer-song- writer from South Africa— which explains their name and their knack for urgent, swooning pop-rock. PLAN B: Lexington Field, Spero, The Yes Team @ Soda Bar. Celtic-punk isn't exactly fashionable anymore, but if the mood hits for something like Dropkick Murphys, you might check out local "fiddle rock" mavens Lexington Field.
Monday, Sept. 10
PLAN A: Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Wild Wild Wets, Thanksgiving @ Bar Pink. As I write in the feature, Thee Oh Sees are renowned for their killer live show. But this whole lineup is worthwhile: While San Francisco's Sic Alps are masters of garbage-rock grit, Portland's Thanksgiving deals in intimate, ramshackle folk. Meanwhile, locals Wild Wild Wets make bad acid trips sound awesome. BACKUP PLAN: Trouble in the Wind, The Paragraphs, Duchess, Sick Balloons @ The Casbah.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
PLAN A: The Defibulators, Ugly Boogie, Matt Curreri @ Soda Bar. They might be from Brooklyn, but The Defibulators sound like they came straight out of the Louisiana swamplands—their banjo-pluckin', fiddleplayin', washboard-tappin' Americana tunes are sure to make for a good ol' time.