Don't know about you, but I like teenagers, especially since I was one and still am in maturational and emotional respects. That's why I'm not a fan when they blow their brains out because the world seems like a huge, gargantuan evil force diabolically plotting to ruin their lives. The bands on this year's "Plea for Peace" tour are doing what they can to curb that, raising money for teen suicide hotlines. The bill is phenomenal this year, including Omaha's raspy cello-using indie rockers, Cursive and spoken word boho guru Saul Williams. It comes through Soma on May 31. The second best bill this week is also at Soma, when a local trifecta of Louis XIV (the Convoy garage rock spinoff), Scarlet Symphony and This Holiday Life play on May 28. Keep a careful eye on This Holiday-they've been touring with Switchfoot and could easily be the next pop rocket ship outta here. The Casbah, as usual, has a good week lined up. On May 27 it's U.S. Maple, Chicago royalty in the math-rock, experimental head fuckery department. They're playing with Tender Buttons, the brain-frying electronic side project of local stalwarts, Kill Me Tomorrow. On June 1, another gust of Windy City appears in the form of the Detachment Kit, a D.C.-style post-punk band that'll blow some sox off. They're with Hint, Hint, a new Seattle outfit that's making some waves with its serrated edges and dark keyboard work. The weirdest and most entertaining of Casbah shows comes on June 2 in the form of Quintron and Ms. Pussycat. Quintron's a multi-instrumentalist freak who pounds on the organ, drums, trumpet and homemade thingamajiggers with names like "Disco Light Machine." Ms. Pussycat's girlie automaton vocals add a sublime, feminine twist to the chaos. Another local bill-possibly the most solid all the way through-is the all-ages CD release party for San Diego is Burning, a new compilation album of the city's top alternative acts. Gathered for the kiddos on May 28 at the Epicentre will be Hot Like (A) Robot, Goodbye Blue Monday, Waterline Drift, Channing Cope and Comfortable for You. And for you reggae heads out there, Mikey Dread is at the Belly Up on May 28. The radio jock, producer and TV host who worked with The Clash back in the day now spins a wicked brew of hip-hop, world beats and some irie vibes.