The Poisoners' record release party, where viewers may expect to find the band shrouded by a phantom string section, a giant bubble-blowing head, and questionable refreshments, is just one of many reasons to celebrate Nadine's Wild Weekend, a three-day showcase of 75 local bands that kicks off with an in-store at Amoeba Records. The opening night bash at the Fillmore features Spearhead's Michael Franti in the all-star Conga Club, and a record release party for Stroke 9 (9 p.m. Thursday at 1805 Geary; $12.50), followed by an after-party at "Popscene," where DJs play Britpop and mod music (330 Ritch; $5-8). From then on, it's a three-day weekend featuring everything from the honky-tonk of Wilson Gil & the Willful Sinners (9 p.m. Friday at Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St.; $8) to electronic music spun by KALX-Berkeley DJs (10 p.m. Saturday at the DNA Lounge, 375 11th St.; $12).
The Slow Poisoners play with Fingers and Plush; the show begins at 9 p.m. Friday at the Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St. (at Bryant), S.F. Admission is $8 ($30 for a full weekend pass); call 478-2277. Look for a full schedule of Wild Weekend shows in this week's Music Listings. (