PLAN A: Birds & Batteries, Longstay, Patrick Norton & The Saints, DJ Lord Nelson @ Soda Bar. Counting Scary Monsters-era Bowie, John Carpenter films and Parliament- Funkadelic as influences, San Francisco's Birds & Batteries (above) cross synth-pop grooves and prog-rock interludes with—wait for it—twanging slide guitar. Their new record, Panorama, leans more toward traditional instrumentation, but it's still as unclassifiable as it is captivating. PLAN B: Sleep Lady, Archons, Kuntz @ Tin Can Ale House. Sleep Lady is shoegaze in the strictest sense—their epic instrumental rock might not owe a whole lot to My Bloody Valentine, but they certainly stare at their shoes while they pummel you with cathartic riffs and crashing drums. BACKUP PLAN: Mario Escovedo Experience @ Riviera Supper Club.
Unified Division, Happy Ron, Esjay @ Back Stage at Pure Platinum.
Steve Poltz, Tim Flannery @ Anthology.
Paper Forest, Dead Animal Mod, Ruff Ruff @ Che Cafe.
Lucero, Drag the River (sold out) @ The Casbah.
Jet Kill Radio, Chinese Rocks @ Eleven.
Death on Wednesday @ Shakedown Bar.
In Motion Trio plus 2, Mattson 2 @ Dizzy's.
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds @ Whistle Stop.
Tomcat Courtney, Jazzilla @ Turquoise.
The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's.
Pyrate Punx presents SDMetal.org benefit @ Ruby Room.
Puppy Kicker, EshOne, Vagatron, Cool Breeze @ Winston's.
“Feel the Noise” w/ DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
Dave Audé, Rifat Ziadeh @ Voyeur.
Charlie Rock, Grandmasta Rats @ El Dorado.
“Bonkers!” w/ DJs Junior the Discopunk, Vaughn @ Bar Pink.
“Deep” w/ Marques Wyatt, Cris Herrera, Sean Wilson @ Kava Lounge.
Candye Kane (happy hour); Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Orgone @ Belly Up.
“Black Friday” w/ Smigg Dirtee, I-Rocc, YP FAB, The Dough Nation, Submission, Black Sancho & the Movement @ Brick by Brick.
“Chilled” w/ DJ Cobra, DJ Theron, Rico DeLargo @ Fluxx.