The Hi-Nobles @ Pissed Off Pete's (Fri.)
"The Hi-Nobles released its debut album, Shake, last fall, but these guys have been around the block a few times with bands like Mordred and The Avengers. The group employed the old/new dichotomy at its inception, using Craigslist to find singer Scott Holderby (who responded to an ad that stated, 'Looking for a singer. Needs to be kind of a prick, but not a total asshole.') and then playing a Sonics song at its first rehearsal. Not surprisingly, The Hi-Nobles have a thing for garage rock. They're also quite a force onstage, where they play with equal parts grizzled confidence and youthful abandon. The curious can see for themselves at Pissed Off Pete's in the Excelsior." (9 p.m., cheap) Marc Hawthorne
Dead Meat, Grass Widow @ Thee Parkside (Fri). The kids love their Pissed Jeans, but Miami-to-S.F.-newcomers Dead Meat are an excellent way to hear some local Am-Rep-ing
noise rock. Gotta love the singer's hateful howl, the way the guitars
slide like suicide blades across the ear holes, and beats that throw you
into a high-volume pummel. Dead Meat plays tonight with Grass Widow, a postpunk trio taking influence from 80s legends Kleenex and the
Raincoats. Already that's a killer bill taking over Thee Parkside, with two opening acts kicking things off starting at 9 p.m. ($7)
Ecotones @ lowerdeck (Fri. and Sat.) Ecotones is a multi-media/immersive-environment arty party at the lowerdeck gallery, one that brings together folks from the writing, painting, music, and film worlds to present their ideas about "home." (Also among the evening's attractions, "unique beverages" on the theme and a restroom installation of stuffed animals). Scribes from McSweeney's and The Believer bring some name recognition to the event, as does live music from NewVillager, an upbeat, Animal Colletive-y duo. Things kick off at 8 p.m. both nights and go "until they end." From the look of things, this party is free.