10 Things To Do This Weekend For Under $10

Aran Tharpe

This weekend, we offer you the sounds of beachy disco DJs, a BS cover band, krautrock in a cathedral, and plenty of other cheap distractions from your 9 to 5 life. This week's 10 Things to Do For Under $10 brings all the best the cheap thrills into focus, starting now...feel free, as always, to add your suggestions to the list.

Gunslingers, Liquorball, Nothing People, Beaches @ Hemlock (Fri.)
"Beaches' Australian Music Prize-nominated, self-titled debut from 2008 spans thunderous postrock, splintered ragas, and New Zealand jangle without straying from its psych core. Violin, saxophone, and recorder lend more layers still, and the songs alternate between being fully instrumental and using all the women's voices.... Nods to various genres come and go on a whim, and even a three-minute jam can reveal spacious depths." Doug Wallen profiled these female Australian psych-heads in this week's issue. Tonight they open for a bill that only gets heavier as it moves through post-punk (Nothing People) on its way to "massacre-rock" (from France's Gunslingers). Go from drone-y to ear damage starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Hemlock ($8)

Mary Gaitskill and Jerry Stahl @ Make-Out Room's "Writers With Drinks" (Fri.)
Tonight's collection of Writers With Drinks spotlights authors with a pension for self-destruction--in their characters and in themselves. Jerry Stahl's Permanent Midnight memoir should be required reading for anyone considering a heroin habit (or a career writing for talking puppets on television). Mary Gaitskill, on the other hand, dove into a downward spiral of insecurities and sadness in her excellent novel about a fashion model who loses her luck early, Veronica. These two put the star in the "all-star" lineup at the Make-Out Room tonight, a lineup that also includes Michael Shea, Dylan Landis, Alli Warren, and guest host Beth Lisick. (7:30-9:30 p.m., $5-$10 sliding scale)

Violent Soho @ Amoeba (Fri.)
Australia's Violent Soho has spent a lot of time listening to Weezer and the Pixes. The band has not, however, spent enough time praying to the man upstairs about girls. These are easy conclusions to come by after listening to Violent Soho's single, "Jesus Stole My Girlfriend." The super poppy act is a strange selection for Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, but then everyone wants some straightforward radio hooks from time to time, right? (There are elements of Bush in "Slippery Tongue," for all you '90s alt-rock fans out there). These Brisbane boys aren't officially playing anywhere in SF on their California tour except for an after-work gig at Amoeba's Haight St. location tonight. (6 p.m., free)

DJs Big Dwayne & Another Jerk Free @ Bender's (Fri.)
What better way to shake off the old work week than with some old rocksteady and soul music? Bender's leaves the heavy rock 'n' roll by the wayside for the night so DJs Big Dwayne and Another Jerk Free can draw all the rude boys in town to the corner of 19th and South Van Ness. (10 p.m., free).

L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA (Fri.)
"Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA has included music, dance, performance art, cinema, and more since launching last November. Tonight it turns up the volume with L@TE Noise, featuring sound-scrapers Caroliner, Xome, Vslfungi, Loachfillet, Cypress Bill And Ted Zeppelin's Excellent Adventure In The Key Of Real-D, and Styrofoam Sanchez. L@TE takes places in Gallery B, which is home to architect Thom Faulders' BAMspace sculpture. The party--which is only five bucks and includes access to the rest of the galleries--usually gets started at 7:30 p.m., but this Friday's show is being bumped back to 6 p.m. to accommodate all of the performers." --Marc Hawthorne

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