San Francisco's Brian Laidlaw
returns to the Siren's Song. You may remember Laidlaw from his last visit – he's a poet who fell into the wayward musician life via creative writing courses at Stanford University. Over the years he's acquired an MFA at the University of Minnesota and won buckets of awards and honors for his ability to put words together in a most pleasing way. The show is free, starts at 8 p.m. and is all ages.
The show happening down the way at the Ink Annex is also all ages – it's a Placebo gig – and that's where the similarity ends. Think metal, metal, doom, metal. The heaviness is represented by two Australian bands, Whitehorse
and potential band-name-of-the-year nominees Pneumatic Slaughter
, plus two from SF, Sutekh Hexen
and Common Eider
, along with Houston's From Beyond
. Five bands for $10. The madness begins early, 6:30 p.m. No drugs or booze, please.
Over in A-town, Humboldt Roller Derby DJ King Maxwell
invites you to the Jambalaya to experience musical, sexual and political liberation via a 1970s dance party showcasing the best "funky degenerate good dancing songs." Disco, funk and soul will be the order of the night, which begins at 9:30 p.m. and is a mere $3 or, if you have a friend, two for $5. Also, 21-and-over.
We've come full round to the Songwriter Circle of Death IV,
, Gabe Rose Hell
, Keil la Chinga
at The Logger Bar. If you're unfamiliar with the SCOD events, they work like this: "Four individuals on one stage, four mics, four guitars, beers, songs, turns taken. Like a live playlist of awesomeness." (Description from the event's Facebook page, where you can also get in on some vanpooling action. Check it out, Eurekans.) Show's 21-and-over, starts at 10 p.m. and is brought to you by the letter "F" for fun, fine and free.