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SF trio Mi Ami make it happen. Plus: The Ettes, Wavves, Azteca, and more
Three Mi Amigos

They acquired bits as they progressed, while relying on a janky drum machine prone to crapping out at crucial moments — like their September 2007 opening date for No Age at Bottom of the Hill.

The turning point arrived when the twosome ditched the drum machine and put out a Craigslist ad for a bass player in '07. "We got a few responses," says Martin-McCormick. "One was super confrontational. I wrote that we're into disco, gamelan, and no wave — and no old people. We wanted someone who was kind of our age-ish. I just didn't want an 48-year-old dude who was like, 'I just need to jam!' This guy wrote back and said, 'How do you think gamelan musicians learn? They respect their elders, blah-blah-blah. You should go fuck off and die!' Whoa!"

The second response: a hip-hop producer working with an "awful singer-songwriter." The third: Long, who happened to be roaming Craigslist during his day job.

"There was no going back after that," says Martin-McCormick. Listening to the forward-facing future-rock of Watersports, I'd say there's little fear of that scenario. *


Fri/23, 10 p.m., $10

Bottom of the Hill

1233 17th St., SF



The primal beat band got theirs — where's yours? Thurs/22, 8 p.m., $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF.


One-man massive energy generator Anthony Petrovic rouses himself from dormancy. With Wooden Shjips and Hank IV. Thurs/22, 9 p.m., $7. Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St., SF.


Going big with bristly, lo-fi garage rock. Fri/23, 9 p.m., $16–$18. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF.


The sprawling fusion combo including Pete Escovedo and Sheila E. rocks for autism awareness. With War, El Chicano, and Los Cenzontles. Sat/24, 7:20 p.m., $45–$75. Warfield, 982 Market, SF.


The selfless Oakland space-rockers dish out For All Mankind (Springman). Sat/24, 9 p.m., $13. Slim's, 33 11th St., SF.


He's watching you watching him. With Nobunny and Bare Wires. Sun/25, 9 p.m., $15. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF.

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