Recommended if you like: ecstasy, grinding/sweating on your club neighbor, press-play production, sunglasses that say stupid shit on them, Skrillex’s OWSLA record label, snapbacks that say stupid shit on them, sub-bass, teeth-grinding, dub, wub, glovers, pupil dilation, bass drops, MIDI snares, corporate investment in formulaic dance music, TWONK, teenagers OD’ing. $15, 9pm-2am, Club Rio, 13307-A San Pedro, (210) 403-2582 —Matt Stieb
With a chance to win tickets to Float Fest (August 31, featuring Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, STRFKR and Bun B) and jam out to local tunes, the Float Fest Pre Party is a celebration all in itself. Self-described as a disco punk quartet with elements from the NYC-grown subcultures of hip-hop and no wave, Nght Hcklrs are much more than just an interesting hybrid genre group. As a super group of the electronic underground featuring Galacticat and PleasureFaces, Calico Club is a kaleidoscope of samples stitched together with a wide array of electronic styles. Where PBLC’s first effort, I Just Wanna Do Some Coke and Fall Asleep, was as self-contradicting and all over the place as the title suggests, trading off between pastiche takes on ‘60s surf and the early emo of Cap’n Jazz, the recent Seagrave EP hones in without losing the cyclonic energy of the 2012 debut. Free, 8pm, Limelight, 2718 N St. Mary's, (210) 995-7229 —Shannon Sweet, Matt Stieb
ATX's O Conqueror
A growing force in the ATX scene, O Conqueror is living up to its name, talking over all corners of America. With a folk-infused brand of indie rock, male and female harmonies, and unexpected horn sections, it’s hard not to believe O Conqueror’s sprawling success. Despite being of German origin, David Stükenberg’s music is pure Appalachian rock. With a sound that could have been beamed in from the vast unknown of space, Bright like the Sun’s space rock influence shines with tidal waves of noise that develops into an extraterrestrial symphony of layered guitars. $7, 9pm-11:30pm, Jack's Patio Bar, 3030 Thousand Oaks, (210) 494-2309 —Shannon Sweet
Returning from tour, Current contributor James Woodard and his instrumental, experimental metal outfit The Grasshopper Lies Heavy are back to shred in SA. In celebration of Crowquill Record's new vinyl issue of their 2010 debut Every Man for Himself and God Against All, TGLH will be playing the album in full. With Buho, Glassing. $5, 9pm, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080 —Matt Stieb
ATLiens the Coathangers
Outside of reality television, porn and contemporary art, there aren’t many places that value amateurism quite like garage rock. From the Shaggs to Meg White, there’s a proud tradition steeped in the simple idea of not having a clue how to play your instrument. It’s one that Atlanta’s Coathangers fully upheld during their first gig in 2006. Nearly eight years have passed since that debut house show and the slapdash tour that followed; now the ATLiens are all but unrecognizable. Armed with their strongest release to date and trimmed to a leaner power trio lineup, bassist/singer Meredith (Minnie) Franco, guitarist/singer Julia (Crook Kid) Kogel and drummer/singer Stephanie (Rusty) Luke have now morphed into a formidable live act with a killer batch of songs to back them up. $10, 7pm, The Ten Eleven, 1011 Avenue B, (210) 320-9080 —J.D. Swerzenski
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