To go with this week in the Bay Area we also have metal, self-described “country-fed punkabilly,” and the Melvins. Also! Bilingual punk rock with horns as well as bilingual Rickenbacker-wielding one-woman guitar rock. And Conan. Conan!
Let’s preview. Faugh A Ballagh!
• Thursday, March 17, 2016
Druglords Of The Avenues, Tartar Control, Civil War Rust, Dialectics at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco
Johnny Bonnel’s Druglords Of The Avenues bring that direct Bay Area punk rock sound to you. Bruised and melodic and unrepentant and not-going-away.
• Friday, March 18, 2016
Justin Bieber The Ying Yang Twins
The Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Legendary Shack Shakers, Lincoln Durham at the Ritz, San Jose
The Rev Horton Heat is a psychobilly stawart. Relentlessly entertaining, this road dog knows how to deliver. I can testify to the power of this reverend’s testimony.
La Plebe, Yautlan, Outraged, Aninoko, Gorthyryac, The Deathless at Appleton Ballroom, Watsonville
La Plebe are punk rock with horns and values that’ll make you shake yer hips. The band that San Francisco needs.
• Saturday, March 19, 2016
Melvins, Dusted Angel at the Ritz, San Jose
The band that is called the Melvins have hewn a career that is a towering testament to artistic vision. And riffs. And they could also be described as monstrous riffs heard from the other side of a wall made of meat. Much like jazz, baseball, and Donald Trump, the Melvins are a singularly American creation. Rifffffffs.
• Sunday, March 20
Rei at Amoeba Music, San Francisco, FREE
Holy crap, her guitar skills are wild.
Electric Six, Parlour Tricks at the Independent, San Francisco
As the song goes: “YOU! I WANNA TAKE YOU TO A GAY BAR! I WANNA TAKE YOU TO A GAY BAR! I WANNA TAKE YOU TO A GAY! BAR! GAY! BAR! GAY BAR!” And then, unleash the flying guitar puppies. Thank you, Electric Six.
• Monday, March 21
Conan (U.K.), Serial Hawk, Worship at The Metro, Oakland
This Conan slouchs forth from Liverpool, where the men-in-red dwell. This Conan comes forth to bring their caveman battle doom metal to this land.
• Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Slayer, Testament, Carcass at the Warfield, San Francisco
“SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER! SLAY-ER! UNNNNNNNGH!“