"They'd forgotten those songs existed." *
With Jello Biafra and the Melvins, Biafra and the Axis of Merry Evildoers, the Melvins, and (Mon/16) Drunk Injuns and Los Olvidados, and (Tues/17) Triclops! and Akimbo
Mon/16Tues/17, 8 p.m., $22-$40
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell, SF
COUNTRY TEASIN' WITH NEIL HAMBURGER
Moanin' and groanin' has never been so hammily hilarious. Comedian Neil Hamburger has a brand new hat namely, a sorry-ass Stetson to go along with his new bag: the recently released Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners (Drag City). Teaming with longtime Bay Areaite Dave Gleason on guitar, Amoeba Music co-honcho Joe Goldmark on pedal steel, and Todd Rundgren cohort Prairie Prince on drums, Hamburger, a.k.a. onetime Bay stalwart Gregg Turkington, plans to stir misery-loving odes to classic backwoods grimness ("Please Ask That Clown to Stop Crying") into his archetypal miasma of whining/joke-telling during his present tour. So why turn to C&W, which currently seems to consist of "songs about shopping," rather than tears, beer, and chicken dinners? "A lot of rock 'n' roll is just people screaming," groans Hamburger from Los Angeles, far from the SF storage locker he claims to have once dwelt in. "You hear enough of that in San Francisco on the streets. With those big, bushy beards and screaming what's the difference between a contingent of homeless guys carrying signs and the Doobie Brothers?"
June 11, 9 p.m., $13<\d>$15. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. (415) 885-0750, www.gamh.com
IT'S TIME FOR TIMES NEW VIKING
They may be pegged as part of the so-called shitgaze underground thanks to their pals in Psychedelic Horseshit who coined the term but Columbus, Ohio, trio Times New Viking are as grounded as a trio of Midwestern ex-art-schoolers can be. Keyboardist Beth Murphy met guitarist Jared Phillips and drummer Adam Elliott while attending Columbus College of Art and Design, and the three found that their education came in handy when it came to playing together nicely and noisily, particularly on their new Matador album, Rip It Off. "When you're in art school you're always forced to critique your work and think about everything you're doing," Murphy, 26, explains from her hometown. "That got, like, really annoying to have to validate every mark you made. But now I think it's kind of like ingrained in us, so we can't help but think about every aspect of what we do." Their creative approach to music-making? "One of the first rules we set up was 300 percent creative control," she says. "We all have 100 percent say in everything, and we don't ever tell each other what to do."
With Hank IV, Psychedelic Horseshit, and Fabulous Diamonds. Fri/13, 9 p.m., $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. www.bottomofthehill.com