At Battle of the Surf Bands, you're talking about San Francisco surf punks Drifting Sand and Hayness Surf, who square off at a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to beach preservation. The show opens with a battle of the groovy surf movies (at last word, band members were pitting Ride the Wild Surf against Beach Party '63). The fun begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Slim's, 333 11th St. (at Harrison), S.F. Admission is $5; call (650) 344-3193.
That same night, Tacoma garage band Girl Trouble regroups its cult after a five-year absence with a fresh shot of stompers and shouters from Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Be sure to pick up a copy of their band zine Wig Out!, wherein singer K.P. Kendall recalls a childhood trauma at Seattle's International Raceway when he was attacked by fire ants. XL Four opens the show Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., followed by the Woggles, at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Texas), S.F. Admission is $7; call 621-4455.
U.K. psychobilly band The Hangmen, meanwhile, would benefit from less billy and more psycho, but maybe we expected something too menacing from a band headlining for Hayride to Hell and Hellbound Hayride, as well as German band Chibuku. Nobody's promising blood-splattered pitchforks so far, but at the very least, guests can expect a gothic twist on Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," and a warped treatment of monster movie themes, played by sweaty, tattooed men on stand-up bass. The show starts at 9 p.m. Friday at Club Cocodrie, 1024 Kearny (at Broadway), S.F. Admission is $6; call 986-6678. (