I got my BR grandma-panties in a bunch to catch In the Red combo the Lamps, Bare Wires, Nodzzz, Thee Makeout Party, the Pets, Hunx and his Punx, Ray Loney and the Phantom Movers, Sir Lord Von Raven, Hypsterz, Christmas Island, and Russell Quan's 50th Birthday Party. As for Owen, he's especially psyched about Human Eye (a Clone Defects variant that rarely plays Bayside), Haunted George, Seattle band Head (I see a theme emerging), and Personal and the Pizzas ("A MySpace band that suddenly became a real band basically they wrote two of the catchiest songs I've ever heard"), as well as the Top Dog-sponsored hot-dog-eating contest and the pancake breakfast aided and abetted by ex-Parkside honcho Sean O'Connor's Batter Blaster invention.
"When I first announced the lineup people were, like, 'Who the fuck are these bands?'" Owens says of the eclectic nature of this year's festival. "There are a whole lot more bands that are more difficult more influenced by New Zealand pop music and not necessary garage rock and punk."
But seriously, back to budgets? "I would say, don't take any advice I'd give you that's the best advice," Owen says. "But with this thing: $5 beer and cheap food, 34 bands in four days. That's pretty good. If you're trying to maximize your dollar, that's less than a dollar a band." *
BUDGET ROCK SEVEN
Preview with Lover! and Nobunny
Wed/22, 5:308 p.m., free
398 12th St., SF
Festival runs Thurs/23-Sun/26, various times, $10<\d>$30
2330 Telegraph, Oakl.
Maybe after Barack Obama wins, the Load combo can change its name to THE USAISINRECOVERY. Fri/24, 9:30 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., SF. www.hemlocktavern.com
BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT
Whoa, Nellie: Band of Horses is the latest add to the benefit helmed by Neil Young and family. Sat/25, 5p.m., and Sun/26, 2 p.m., $39.50$150. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View. www.livenation.com
Do the Florida punks have a persecution complex? Mon/27, 8 p.m., $22.50. Grand Ballroom, Regency Center, Van Ness and Sutter, SF. www.goldenvoice.com *