Thursday (9/10) The Thermals
You can watch The Thermals lay down their slightly-expired indie rock stylings at the Launchpad tonight. That is, if you're not yet tired of low-fi yelping, impassioned vocals, clean guitar tones and the occasional squeal of feedback. Still, for 8 bucks, you might as well go. Hopefully you'll have reset your indie desire button by the time Built to Spill gets here late next month. 11pm 21+
Friday (9/11) The Dandy Warhols w/Spindrift
This one should be obvious: The Dandys are coming to town, so you see them. And if that's not enough, western psychers Spindrift are opening (they've got one of The Warlocks drummers if that means anything to you). Now you've got hyperlinks there to both their myspace pages, but really these bands need to be checked out LIVE to fully dig their loud droney sounds. The Dandy Warhols are known to play long sets with deep cuts, so you don't have to worry about those last two albums too much. It's all ages and only 15 bucks at the Sunshine Theater. Your only real excuse to miss The Thermals, Spindrift OR the Dandys is that they're all playing Monolith this weekend (see below).
Saturday/Sunday (9/11-12) Monolith Festival
Denver's not that far away. This weekend is the third year of Monolith Festival, which takes place a beautiful looking/sounding Red Rocks. Here are some reasons to go (in no particular order): MSTRKRFT, Of Montreal, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dandy Warhols, The Walkmen, M. Ward, Starfucker, Neon Indian, Girl Talk, Phoenix, Beats Antique, The Glitch Mob, Spindrift, Health and Monotonix. It's all ages and you can go to both days for $110 plus gas etc. Or stay home and do whatever you can find more fun than that...exactly.
Monday (9/13) Gringo Star
Poppy lads Gringo Star take the van from Atlanta, Georgia (hometown of Black Lips, Deerhunter) to our very own Atomic Cantina. OK, it's mostly about the name, but their myspace tunes sound like a fun time, and what's gonna top that on a bloody Monday I ask you? Nothing, that's what. You know the drill...9pm 21+, Free.
Tuesday (9/14) Red Wire Black Wire
This synthy Brooklyn band Red Wire Black Wire should put on a good show for you. It's not the most current thing (more 2005, than 2009), but they sound pretty bitchin' for a band playing at Burt's. If they're not though, worry not. You're always in good hands with one-man funky-indie pop band Excalico, and you'll also want to check out The Lemon Wedges if their last Burt's show is anything to go by.
Wednesday (9/15) Warehouse 21
Take that dumb Rail Runner up to Santa Fe already to find an all ages night of poetry and open-mic at Warehouse 21. It's a stretch, sure. But there's not a lot going on Albuquerque that night. 7-9pm, Free.