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Friday, October 22, 2010

Costumed Roller Disco, Bay Area Hip-Hop Debaser, Shannon & the Clams, Grow Up and More

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Boo-hoo. It's chilly and raining. But don't cry, everything you want to do this weekend is indoors anyway. So go enjoy all the cheap shows, exhibits, and parties you can pack in. Here's our list of 10 things to do for less than a bottle of high quality cold medicine:

Lo-Fi Future @ ATA Gallery (Fri.)
This ATA festival shorts program explores both futuristic landscapes and lo-fi culture. Along with Chromadepth 3D glasses and chromatic Jello shots, there will be films and videos created by Kathleen Quillian, Whitney Horn and Lev Kalman, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Jeff Guay, Zachary Epcar, Bryan Boyce, Jesse McLean, and Kerry Laitala. ($7-$10, 8 p.m.)

Thao & Mirah's Chasing the Moon premier @ Viracocha (Fri.)
Chasing the Moon is a monthly local music podcast that is celebrated with a live show on the full moon each month. While Mirah is, unfortunately, away traipsing through Australia, Thao may pop in for an appearance. Along with the podcast premiere, there will be solo sets by Mike Sempert of Birds & Batteries, Dina Maccabee, and Travis Vick. ($7-$10, 8 p.m.)

Shannon and the Clams @ Thee Parkside (Sat.) 
Oakland's Shannon and the Clams are one part Shangri-Las and one part Plasmatics. 
Bassist Shannon Shaw is one beguiling crooner. She seems all about candy-sweet doo-wap, then cuts through it with razor-sawed punk pipes. The 1960s surf rock guitar riffs add to the band's charm. Check out the video for its song "Blood," in which the crew playfully hangs out at Oakland landmarks, and just try not to smile. Shannon and the Clams play Thee Parkside as part of Budget Rock 9 with Skipper, C'Mon Everybody, Tropical Sleep, Larry and the Angriest Generation, and Midnite Snazzz. ($7, 2 p.m.)

Roller Disco Costume Party @ CellSpace (Sat.) 
SF IndieFest's annual Roller Disco Costume Party returns to CellSpace this weekend. Strap on some shiny rented skates, down some liquid courage, and brace yourself. You'll have the chance to gracefully glide, spin, and loop arms with other skaters while listening to jams spun by Black Rock Roller Disco. Halloween comes early, so wear a costume if you want cheaper entry to the party. To wit: the event is totally free if you have any DocFest ticket stubs from 2010. ($10 or $5 in a costume, 8 p.m.)

Boys IV Men @ Sub-Mission (Sat.) 
Boys IV Men is not your typical electronic band. It's not a mopey dude with a laptop. It's a group of dudes (Josh Hill, Aaron Rodriguez, Trevor Goosen) who look like they're having a really good time playing bass-heavy dance jams. Which in turn leads to the crowd having a really good time. The group's debut album release party, an event dubbed Classy as Fuck, includes DJs, an art exhibit by D-Structure and a surprise musical guest. ($3 before 10 p.m. or $5 after; 9 p.m.)

Crosstops @ Bender's (Sat.) 
San Francisco punk jokesters Crosstops' record release show coincides nicely with the record release from local girl-punk duo Sassy!!! this Saturday at Bender's. Both bands play messy and noisy garage punk, so the double bill should result in a wild night of serious head shaking. ($5, 9 p.m.)

Grow Up with Sorcerer @ Madrone (Sat.) 
One of our city's many hidden musical gems is a solo tunesmith by the name of Dan Judd. Judd is more elusive than hidden; he's already released two full-length albums under his Sorcerer moniker for the Tirk label -- White Magic and Neon Leon, respectively. Still, appearances from the DJ/producer are rare, so we were pleased to discover that Sorcerer will performing this Saturday, October 23, at the monthly disco-centric Grow Up party. ($5, 9 p.m.) -- Patric Fallon

LoveTech @ Il Pirate (Sat.) 
At the monthly LoveTech live electronic showcase, you're excused for wanting to head out to the patio even while teams of young scientists get busy launching rhythm rockets across the small checkered dancefloor. That's because one of LoveTech's regular features is something they've dubbed the Digital Jam Lounge (aka the "Drum Circle of the Future"), where anyone can take a turn on various laptops, sound generators, beat machines, and control surfaces. Should your own experiments turn out less satisfactory, however, you can always head back inside and catch live PA sessions by Alice Stands, Starpause, A_Rival, and Hair Loss. ($8, 9 p.m.) -- John Graham

Debaser @ The Knockout (Sat.) 
Think you know classic Bay Area hip-hop? Test your knowledge against the DJs at Debaser this weekend. This isn't their first hip-hop installment, but it is Debaser's first ever all-Bay Area hip-hop night. DJ Jamie Jams tells us, "We've spent the last three months talking to all our friends that grew up here and digging up all the classic Bay Area jams from long before hyphy became a household word." Think E40, Dre Dog, Keak da Sneak, Too Short, 2pac, Digital Underground, Young Lay -- even Tony Tone Toni. ($5, 9 p.m.)

Bill Frisell @ Amoeba Music (Sun.) 
Victory-lapping on the release of his new album Beautiful Dreamers, master guitarist Bill Frisell visits Amoeba Music for a free in-store performance and signing this Sunday. The jazz and folk guitarist, who has been playing guitar since 1965, has released nearly 30 records and had his music used on a handful of movie soundtracks. (Free, 2 p.m.)

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