The grey can stay – it is, after all, summer in fog city – but you know you gotta get out. Leave home and get an earful of inspiration at, hey, maybe these worthwhile shows.
Parson Red Heads
The cute-as-a-button LA combo polishes up Cali folk rock for every parson, be it the preacher or Gram. With Cotton Jones. Tues/2, 8 p.m., $10. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.
Going their way? The New York indie rockers are California dreaming and in love with the sun. With Mississippi Man and Lemon Sun. Wed/3, 9 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Common Eider King Eider
Deerhoof founder and cabin builder Rob Fisk knocks noggins beautifully with 7 Year Rabbit Cycle kin (and Guardian contributor) George Chen in this guitar-centric and minimally appointed project. With Thrones and Pins of Light. Thurs/4, 9 p.m., $10. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Remembered those severed Unicorns? Out of the ashes emerges Toronto’s Clues, a musical mystery held aloft on the shoulders ex-Unicorn-er Alden Penner and former Arcade Fire player Brendan Reed. The slow-growing collabo yielded a heartfelt Constellation debut this spring. With Geographer and Birds and Batteries. Thurs/4, 8 p.m., $12. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. (415) 861-2011.
Holy Fuck and Crocodiles
The Toronto experimentalists that dub themselves “the Larry Bird's moustache of indie rock” bare their teeth at the reptilian duo being treated like the coming of “Neon Jesus.” Give thanks to chums in No Age. With Leather Feather. Fri/5, 10 p.m., $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.
One love, one Bay hip-hop combo, which kept in the cultural eye with a turn in Angry Black White Boy at Intersection for the Arts. With DJ Sabbo and One Ring Zero. Fri/5, 10 p.m., $12. Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.
Del Tha Funky Homosapian
Yes, the Def Jux rapper must – rest assured, all you “funky, smelly people.” Fri/5, 9 p.m., $25. Fillmore, 1805 Geary, SF. (415) 346-6000.
WWJD at BFD? Well, the good lord might scratch his beard at performers like Dead Confederate – he didn’t expect those good ole boys. But then he’d probably pour himself into some vintage buffalo check and ch-ch-check the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Glasvegas, Metric, Mute Math, Crystal Castles, Zion I, Mike Relm, Wallpaper, and Odawas. Oh, Christ. Sat/6, noon, $18.75-$49.50. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. (650) 541-0800.
"What's the Big Idea"/Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Party
Feeling the pride at this getdown for SF’s fave sister act? The group stages "Project Nunway," and Pansy Division, Ex-Boyfriends, Exillon, Honey Soundsystem, DJ Dirty Knees, and comedian David Hawkins indulge their habits. Sat/6, 9 p.m., free. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission, SF. (415) 978-2700.
Hyper-chilled beats and rockabilly tropes litter and glitter the duo’s new Face Control (Sub Pop). With Cinnamon Band and Railcars. Mon/8, 8 p.m., $16. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell, SF. (415) 885-0750.
Is the hip-hop rising star still having a whale of a time? With UCB. Mon/8, 9 p.m., $15. Independent, 628 Divisadero, S.F. (415) 771-1422.
Patrick Wolf and Plastiscines
Care to ride a wild merry-go-round pony with rapidly metamorphosing popster Wolf? The all-girl French rock unit enters reveling in the feisty artifice. With Living Things and Jaguar Love. Mon/8, 7:30 p.m., $16. Slim's, 333 11th St., SF. (415) 522-0333.