1. Los Straitjackets w/ The World Famous Pontani Sisters @ the Belly Up on Oct. 13. When you play surf guitar as well as Nashville's Los Straitjackets, you don't really need a shtick. But those Mexican wrestling masks succeed where anti-aging cream fails. Now the aging tag-team has gone gloriously overboard by performing with the Pontani Sisters, who do zany dance routines in rhinestone get-ups. A party awaiting your arrival. www.straitjackets.com, www.pontanisisters.com.
The Hold Steady @ Brick by Brick on Oct. 13. Holy hockey sticks, these guys are good. See the feature story on this page. www.theholdsteady.com.
Wanda Jackson @ Museum of Making Music on Oct. 15. A rockabilly legend who's played with Elvis, but proved with the fantastic 2003 album Heart Trouble that she's not just resting on her reissues. www.wandajack son.com
Jedi Mind Tricks @ The Casbah on Oct. 14. Philly's promising rap group finally arrives with the new Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell, which has MC Vinnie Paz rough-voicing searing edicts on war, slave labor, suicide terrorism and religion. If you've debated it, he's rapped about it. www.jedi-mind-tricks.com.
Oakley Hall @ The Casbah on Oct. 13. See our feature story on Page 32. www.oakleyhall.net.
John Meeks One @ The Whistle Stop on Oct. 13. With former members of Buck-O-Nine in the band Plural, Meeks makes some of the strongest alternative rock in San Diego. But here he goes it alone for some lovely, whimpering country. www.myspace.com/meeksmusic.
The Black Angels @ The Casbah on Oct. 16. An Austin band named after the Velvet Underground that loves mind-warped drone-rock that fucks with your equilibrium. But the big drums keep you from falling down. www.theblackangels.com.
The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower @ Che Café on Oct. 12. Few punk bands loved confrontation as much as The Plot. And their second-to-last San Diego show before calling it quits puts them at the Che-a tiny box ripe for uncomfy punk interaction. www.blowuptheeiffeltower.com.
Lucero w/ Rocky Votolato and William Elliot Whitmore @ The Casbah on Oct. 15. Lucero is like Drive-By Truckers but with a bigger affinity for pop music. Rocky Votolato's Makers is one of the year's best "wimpy singer-songwriter" records. Whitmore is a bearded white dude who sounds possessed by a cancer-throated, porch-blues black man. www.luceromusic.com, www.rock yvotolato.com, www.williamelliotwhitmore.com.
You Say Party! We Say Die! @ The Beauty Bar on Oct. 13. Vancouver shout-punks with keyboard on overdrive-as if Mates of State took excitability drugs and got political. www.yousaypartywesaydie.ca.