Literary Death Match, Techie Picnic, Mixtape Party, Vintage Rock, and More

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The Soft White Sixties play Saturday at Thee Parkside

Summer is in full swing, despite those moody grey skies. Take full advantage of it - here's our list of cheap events this weekend under $10. So go explore, S.F.

Literary Death Match @ The Elbo Room (Fri.)
Competitive reading series Literary Death Match returns this Friday with another brutal language smackdown at the Elbo Room. Episode 31 features memoirist Andre Perry, writers Pushkar Sharma and Sathya Sridharan, poet Andrew Nelson, and spoken-word artist Kirya Traber. Illustrator and author Lisa Brown, writer Beth Spotswood and performance artist Ben Mcoy will judge the competitors. Something to keep in mind -- this word battle will be the final show for LDM producer and host Elissa Bassist. ($6, 6:30 p.m.)

Magic Bullets @ The Knockout (Fri)
Magic Bullets play the Knockout in celebration of their well-received new release Lying Around. The Bay Area band has been appropriately compared to both The Replacements and The Smiths. While the vocals are achy, the crisp guitar lines sound like a party. The show also includes sets by Wax Idols, The Lambs, and DJ Neil Martinson. ($7, 9 p.m.)

Ettrick @ Hemlock (Fri.) 
Frantic drums, primal screams and a discordant wailing saxophone are all part of Ettrick's wild-eyed allure. Did I mention the band has two drummers? The San Francisco duo, which switches instruments mid-set, boasts both free jazz and black metal influences - a combination of genres not explored nearly enough. Don't expect a casual listen: Ettrick does not make pretty music. The band plays with Sean (Seattle), Peji/Kunin and Oakland's Pink Canoes ($7, 9:30 p.m.)

Boing Boing Picnic @ Golden Gate Park (Sat.) 
The super popular "tech, culture and weirdness" blog (formed by contributors to Wired magazine) is hosting its first ever Boing Boing Picnic this Saturday at Doughboy Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Sure to be a nerdfest of the grandest kind, attendees are encouraged to bring their own food, robots, kites and ukuleles. Boing Boing editors will be on hand with t-shirt and sticker giveaways. Dress to impress -- someone in this group will almost certainly be live-streaming the event all day long. (Free, 11 a.m.- 3p.m.)

ILL Romantic: New Works by Casey Gray @ White Walls Gallery (Sat.) 
At once romantic and exploitative, Casey Gray's colorful, multilayered works are pleasing to the eye. His multimedia-based, graffiti-style pieces are made using hand-cut stenciling with spray paint to create dense images of bold female forms and repetitive pattern. The young San Francisco artist's first solo exhibit will be on display at White Walls Gallery through Aug. 7, with a free opening reception this Saturday. (Free, 7-11 p.m.)

Dadfag @ Amnesia (Sat.) 
Dissonant, detuned, and seemingly in a state of constant collapse, Dadfag's Scenic Abuse is not the album to slap on the stereo when you seek a happy summer jam. In fact, we might suggest that anyone who enjoys dexterous instrumental virtuosity, harmonious vocal interplay, and sunny pop choruses should avoid this strident local trio. What Dadfag achieves, however, is a revival of the no-anaesthetic aesthetic of No Wave better than many modern indie bands who've been linked to that most unmelodious of post-punk genres. With two women (Eva Hannan and Danielle Benson) on guitar/vocals duties and one dude (Alan Miknis) on drums, the three members battle each other with contradictory and discordant instrumental arrangements à la early DNA, while the shrill, pained, piercing vocals almost make Teenage Jesus-era Lydia Lunch sound like an R&B diva in comparison. ($6, 9 p.m.) -- John Graham

The Soft White Sixties @ Thee Parkside (Sat.) 
If twangy guitar isn't your bag, you might as well skip The Soft White Sixties show. But you'd be missing the coolly croaking vocals, classic guitar lines, hard-hitting drums and a contagious vintage-rock vibe. Would-be winners of an award for most accurate band name, The Soft White Sixties sound very much like a smooth late 1960s creation, though pumped up by modern melody. The Goldenhearts and Happy Idiot play this SF Indie Summer Music Fest show, too.($8, 9 p.m.)

Simcha! The Jewish Music Festival's 25th Anniversary Party @ Yerba Buena Gardens (Sun.) 
Kickin' klezmer and Sephardic salsa? This isn't your bubbe's Jewish music festival. Simcha! The Jewish Music Festival's 25th Anniversary Party keeps up with modern times with more than a dozen acts in a range of styles. Highlights include Marin's Red Hot Chachkas and San Francisco's Glenn Hartmann and the Klezmer Playboys. Both are whimsical, whirlwind combos of woodwinds and aerophones -- think accordion/clarinet mashups squeezing out high notes of holy glory. For those who want to participate in the jamming, check out the workshops in the arts of klezmer and Middle East percussion or the Instrument Petting Zoo. (Free, 12 p.m.) -- Tamara Palmer

SF Mixtape Society: Foreign vs. Familiar @ The Make-Out Room (Sun.) 
Sharing music in any medium can be an exhilarating experience -- you get free tunes to jump-start your audio library, plus the thrill of undiscovered sounds. Members of the SF Mixtape Society know this feeling quite well. The club is hosting its third music mix exchange and contest this Sunday at the Make-Out Room. This time around, the event is themed "Foreign vs. Familiar." It works like this: attendees bring an assembled mix according to the theme on cassette tape, CD or USB, then trade during the event through a raffle. Suffice it to say that everyone who brings a mix to the party will return home with a different mix. Attendees also can vote for the mixes with the best song choices and album art. Fun! (Free, 4-6 p.m.)

The Ferocious Few @ Bottom of the Hill (Sun.) 
The Ferocious Few, a duo that you likely have seen tearing shit up on the sidewalks outside department stores downtown, play Bottom of the Hill this Sunday as part of the ongoing SF Indie Summer Music Fest. The lo-fi garage rockers put on one hell of a show. With guitarist Francisco Fernandez thrashing about and Daniel Aguilar seriously pounding those drums, the band has occasionally been referred to as The Ferocious Two. The hyperactive musicians play with Fake Your Own Death, Murder of Lilies, Death Valley High. ($8, 9 p.m.)

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