Concert and music festival highlights from air guitar to Woodsist this season
Bill Orcutt The guitarist has just released a tour 7-inch single, and the bill includes fellow locals Date Palms. Hemlock Tavern, www.hemlocktavern.com .
2011 US Air Guitar Championships San Francisco Regionals Two nights of air shredding, with special performances by past champions Hot Lixx Hulahan and C-Diddy and at least 20 local competitors. The Independent, www.independentsf.com .
Blackalicious From Solesides to Epitaph, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel have spanned decades and still throw down live. Mezzanine, www.mezzaninesf.com .
Quintron and Miss Pussycat Shannon and the Clams and the Younger Lovers open for the New Orleans' husband-and-wife duo. Bottom of the Hill, www.bottomofthehill.com .
Darwin Deez New Yorker Darwin Smith's pop songs have found a large audience in the UK, but for now, he's still playing smaller venues here. Bottom of the Hill, www.bottomofthehill.com .
Maus Haus The group moves past krautrock into other electronic territory on Lark Marvels, and co-headlines with Swahili Blonde on a California tour. Rickshaw Stop, www.rickshawstop.com .
Seefeel The vanguard postrock group recently reunited and put out an album on Warp. Great American Music Hall, www.gamh.com .
The Reverend Horton Heat The Reverend goes back to country music's past on Laughin' and Cryin', and is joined by locals the Swingin' Utters. The Independent, www.independentsf.com .
Washed Out Since he first visited the Rickshaw Stop, Ernest Greene's music has been used in Portlandia, and his first full album is coming out on Sub Pop. Great American Music Hall, www.gamh.com .
Three Day Stubble's Nerd Fest The group is celebrating three decades of nerd rock, with four additional acts on each night.
Tinariwen Live desert blues from the current touring version of the Tuareg band. Bimbo's 365 Club, www.bimbos365club.com .
Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile An East Coast rock twofer. Great American Music Hall, www.gamh.com .
Woodsist Festival 2011 The festival returns to Big Sur, with Nodzzz, Thee Oh Sees, and Woods (also playing songs from the new Sun and Shade) joining the Fresh & Onlys to form a bigger band. Fernwood and Henry Miller Library, Big Sur; www.folkyeah.com .
Outside Lands This year's lineup includes Erykah Badu, and Big Boi, with local contributions from Tamaryn, The Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall, and Diego's Umbrella. Golden Gate Park, www.sfoutsidelands.com .