Weekend warfare - XBXRX do declare, Ponys cavort Deerhunter, Aerogramme takes flight, and more, more, more


Ah, it's here again - that little breather from the workday world.... What you say, you don't work? I'll just have to ignore that, idle rich kid. Anyway, there's plenty of music to see and hear this weekend - starting right up top with Oakland's own punk heroes: XBXRX.


Dudes caused quite a ruckus at Monday's Lobot Gallery show, opening for Lightning Bolt. They have a brutal lil' new album, War (Polyvinyl), an exploration of frenzied guitar, lengthier songs, and metallic textures. Check opening song, Center Where Sight, for a good loud whiff. For a longer earful, go on over to their record release partah Saturday, April 14, at Hemlock Tavern, SF, with the Mall, Robin Williams on Fire, and the Show Is the Rainbow. It all starts at 9 p.m. and costs 8 bucks.

And y'know if you're not up for noise stars Deerhunter and garage mavens Ponys at 12 Galaxies tonight, April 13, then you might want to keep it at the Hemlock for Mon Cousin Belge's cabaret shenanigans, Nudity's heavy-hanging booty psych, and Society of Rockets' primo pop.

Elsewhere you'll have a chance to get your ya-ya's out and dance like a cracked-out '80s spazz-bot when Love of Diagrams bring their electro-pop to Slim's, opening for the always dynamite Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Saturday, April 14. (9 p.m., $16). If we could bottle this kinda energy, our midnight Jolt runs might be a thing of the past.

Speaking of power, across town, the elderly Charlie Louvin kicks out that "Great Atomic Power" at Swedish American Hall, tonight, April 13. (7:30 p.m., $20-$25) I had to crane my neck but bad during SXSW to get a glimpse of the country music legend. The man is elderly, but he's still alive, unlike his bro Ira, so make a beeline. Court and Spark's MC Taylor opens.

Don't bottom out there - indie rock faves Appleseed Cast break the mold headlining Friday, April 13, at Bottom of the Hill (10 p.m., $12), playing with the Life and Times and the Moanin Dove. Later on Sunday, April 15, a certain Seattle indie band bids you reach out and touch the woman that's expecting a big fat something come Mother's Day: Say Hi to Your Mom.

And if sweet sounds are your poison, maybe hightail it over to 12 Galaxies Saturday, April 14, for Kelley Stoltz and Essex Green - magnifico indie all! If Brazilian is more your beat, then talented hottie CeU will be making her stand tonight, April 13, with a self-titled Six Degrees debut in hand, at Independent (9 p.m., $15). Bay soul sister Ledisi comes through the following night, April 14, and then Aereogramme lands with Glasgow indie to spare on Sunday, April 15 (8 p.m., $12-$14).

Pant, pant, OK, so hit your marks and report back Monday, if there's anything left of you...