By Kimberly Chun
Could it be any prettier, any more delicately dewy, any more enticing, out there in this stone-beauty by the Bay? And when the sun goes down, you must go out to play - or watch others play. More worth-while sights, sighs, and sounds for you, more than could fit in print.
Far from Nashville and an outlaw and songwriter-activist born a little too late, Steve Earle is rattling the chains of his past and looking back on the music of his late brilliant and damaged mentor Townes Van Zandt with the new Townes (New West). Thurs/14, 6 p.m., free. Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight, SF. (415) 831-1200.
Dudes, make up your mind - comma or no comma? Ah, hell, none of it matters when the Loneys wash those sad-and-lonelies away with their sweet indie-rock melodicism. With Headlights and Audio Out Send. Fri/15, 10 p.m., $10. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.
Drowning with Our Anchors
The SF post-punkers drown their happiness in honor of the release of You Can Never Go Home Again (Adagio 830). Sat/16, 9 p.m., $8. Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F. (415) 503-0393.
The ever-roaming, once-Bay Area-dwelling UK native promises "new songs... new life" with her recently released It's Time My Beloved (Drag City). With Michael Zapruder and Golden Bolts of Tone. Sat/16, 9:30 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Languorous folk-rock nods and straw-chewing psych struts from an LA haze craze. With Mogwai. Sun/17, 8 p.m., $23.50-$26. Grand Ballroom, Regency Center, Van Ness and Sutter, SF. (415) 421-8497.
Jeff Parker Trio
The guitarist can't stop making music - whether with Tortoise, Chicago Underground, or Isotope 217. This time he gets going with Johnny Herndon and Chris Lopes as well as opener Scott Amendola. With the Scott Amendola Trio with Jeff Parker and John Shifflet. Sun/17, 8 p.m., $12. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.
The Aussies wanna freshen up that pure-pop indie rock for ya - so hold still and take in the awards and kudos that have marked the band's past. Mon/18, 7:30 p.m., $12. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.
The hard-rocking, ass-kicking, eye-gouging hard rock of Motorhead and its kin comes alive again in the hands of this Bay Area combo. With Lying Bitch and the Restraining Orders. Tues/19, 9 p.m., $5. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.