By Kimberly Chun
Entombed in SF gloom? Silly, rabbit, this is the best weather to get your musical kicks in a dark, cloudy bar.
A-Frames and Climax Golden Twins
Three guitars and a rhythm section and soaring gamelan-sludge rawk? We’re talking ‘bout the real team players, Raider Nation. With Hank IV and Fresh and Onlys. Sat/11, 9:30 p.m., $7. El Rio, 3158 Mission, SF. (415) 282-3325.
American Idols Live
Haven’t had enough? Sample A-Lam in the flesh as Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Anoop Desai, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud, Megan Joy, Michael Sarver, and Scott MacIntyre provide. Sat/11, 7 p.m., $38.50-$66.25. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum, Oakl. (415) 421-8497.
Indian Jewelry and Psychic Ills
Feeling Ills – and lovin’ it. Behold the zany gemstone-sniffing Texans (above) – now coupled with the NYC drone ditch-diggers. With Psychic Reality. Sat/11, 9:30 p.m., $8. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Shaka, Brah. The quasi-hippie negatrons of the highest order present the latest product of their bummer utopia: Rated O (Jagjaguwar). With Wooden Shjips and Jonas Reinhardt. Sat/11, 10 p.m., $10. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.
Call us sentimentalists, but “God Forbid,” we miss the bloody reign-makers. With Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engine, Bullet for My Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, Job for a Cowboy, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, All That Remains, and God Forbid. Sat/11, 2 p.m., $31-$61. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Prkwy., Mountain View. (650) 541-0800.
Imagine “the” Band
Choreographer, ventriloquist, palmist, and motivator, what doesn’t Egos Personos do? He’s been described as the Southland’s nu-Klaus Nomi. An endorsement? I imagine you’ll tell me. With Personals and the Pizzas, Coconut Coolouts, and Impediments. Sun/12, 9 p.m., $7. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Amadou and Mariam
Thank you for Welcome to Mali (Nonesuch) - and see you, tamale. With Coldplay and Kitty Daisy and Lewis. Mon/13, 7:30 p.m., $41-$104. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Prkwy., Mountain View. (650) 541-0800.
Garage rockers don’t fade away. They just zippity-do to New Zealand – and then back. With Chelsea Smiles and Perfect Machines. Mon/13, 9 p.m., $12. Café du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. (415) 861-5016.
Here, kitty! Want a dose of those lo-fi pop friskies? Aw, it’s so good. Hot on the pitty paws of a split 7-inch with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Melbourne, Australia, outfit shows off its debut, Songs for Tuesdays, on the Bay Area’s Slumberland imprint. Mon/13, 9 p.m., call for price. Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. (415) 550-6994.
Goes great with the weather: the London group waxes lyrical and morose on its new Sun Gangs (Rough Trade). With Other Girls. Mon/13, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF. (415) 621-4455.
Ganged-up vocals + sassily buzzing guitars + a penchant for cacophony + a barely contained “Small Town Gay Bar” = the kingly SF noisemakers. With Dimples and Base of Bass. Tues/14, 9 p.m., $5. Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk, SF. (415) 923-0923.
Pins of Light
Punkier than thou, San Fran? With Iron Witch and Pigs. Tues/14, 10 p.m., free. Knockout, 3223 Mission, SF. (415) 550-6994.