Just For Show

Dum Dum Girls with Crocodiles
WHEN: Oct. 1, 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Casbah, Little Italy
Kristin Gundred (aka Dee Dee Dum Dum) first perked ears with her raucous San Diego three-piece, Grand Ole Party, back in 2006. After GOP disbanded, she bailed to LA and formed Dum Dum Girls-an all-girl group crafting fuzzy, lo-fi, ‘60s-inspired pop. Gundred’s husband fronts Crocodiles, another local act heavy on the noise-pop cocktail. The bands have toured the globe separately for years, so this should be a match made in music heaven.-Randy West


Saviours with Weedeater
WHEN: Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Soda Bar, North Park
According to their Myspace profile, Oakland-based stoner metal band, Saviors, are interested in “Metal, Hard Rock, Punk, Drugs, Booze and the people who enjoy these things.” But these dudes plays like they’re anything but stoned, making speed metal sound like jazz. Show closers Weedeater are no slouches, either. The sludge-metal outfit’s lead singer blew off his big toe with a shotgun and probably enjoyed it. Buy earplugs for the show and a cervical collar for the post-show, head-banging-induced neck trauma.
-Tim Donnelly

The Rapture
WHEN: Oct. 4, 9 p.m.
WHERE: BellyUp Tavern, Solana Beach
TICKETS: $18- $20
These NYC-based electro punks are credited with pioneering the art of mixing disco beats and post-punk guitar riffage. They’re touring in support of their latest output, In the Grace of Your Love, which is chock full of funk’d out numbers sure to incite a dance riot. -Tim Donnelly




Chad Vangaalen with Gary War and Roll Film
WHEN: Oct. 10, 9 p.m.
VENUE: Soda Bar, North Park
This handsome Canadian recluse and freakishly talented DIY purist rewires his own keyboards, plays and records all the instruments on his albums and animates the creepiest music videos-ever. He rarely pokes his head out of the snowy foxhole of a recording space he calls home in Canada, so this folk-rock spectacle should be a rare treat. -Tim Donnelly




EMA with Misspent Warhead Premise
WHEN: Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m.
VENUE: Casbah, Little Italy
Super hip and very hot indie rock chick, EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson) nearly gave up music before she came back to release what many consider one of the best albums of 2011, Past Life Martyred Saints. There’s a lot going on sonically in the music of this searing guitarist and ex-Gowns frontwoman, who seems to conjure the ghosts of both Lou Reed and a Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull. -Randy West

Katie Herzig with Butterfly Boucher
WHEN: Oct. 12, 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Casbah, Little Italy
TICKETS: $10 advance, $12 at the door
Colorado singer-songwriter Katie Herzig hopes to prove she’s more than a poster child for folk music. The Grammy-nominated banjo strummer/multi-instrumentalist cut her teeth on folk and bluegrass in college. Since then, her more pop-centric solo tunes have been used in film and TV scores, from Grey’s Anatomy to Smallville. When asked to create a song for the second Sex and the City film (to replace contributions from Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas), Herzig knew she had to evolve. “I mean, that was Fergie,” she says. “I wasn’t going to sit down and pick up my acoustic guitar and try and replace that.” Herzig saved some of those new ideas for her fifth studio album, The Waking Sleep, a richly textured mix of electronic beats, digital flourishes and stringed orchestration.
-Christine Pasalo

Billy Idol
WHEN: Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, Point Loma
Expect gems ranging from Idol’s days with 1970s British punk band, Generation X, to his reign as an MTV music video icon to a few tunes from his forthcoming album, Keep Out of Reach of Children. The snarling comeback kid, who introduced himself to a whole new generation in The Wedding Singer, is sure to dust off “Dancing With Myself,” “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell” and other faves. Longtime guitarist Steve Stevens adds shredability.
-Ben Farquhar



Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
WHEN: Oct. 20, 9 p.m.
WHERE: BellyUp Tavern, Solana Beach
TICKETS: $18-$20
Stephen Malkmus (frontman of seminal indie rock legends, Pavement) is indie royalty in his own right with his kickass band, the Jicks. Expect to hear brand spankin’ new tracks from their latest, Mirror Traffic, that’s currently riding a well-deserved tidal wave of critical praise (See a review of Mirror Traffic in this month’s Sound Advice column).
-Tim Donnelly





WHEN: Oct. 26, 8 p.m.
WHERE: BellyUp Tavern, Solana Beach
TICKETS: $18-$20
This Danish wiz of an electronic producer is in a league of his own, backing up his dubbed-out techno sound with a live band, causing concertgoers to absolutely lose it. Trentemøller’s latest album, Great White Yonder, takes audiences on dark detour. This is a gigantic booking for the BellyUp and should sell out quick.  -Randy West