Here it is, my final list of cheap trouble for you to get into this weekend (after this week, Emily Savage is going to take over 10 Things for a while). So I expect all of you to follow every one of these recommendations, twice. Especially when it comes to seeing Barn Owl at Grace Cathedral.
Many have compared the band to its one-time tour mates the Black Lips, but while both groups' guitars jangle and buzz, the Jacuzzi Boys lack the ferocity that their Atlanta friends relied on so heavily in the creation of their sound. This isn't to say that the Jacuzzi Boys are tame or lack chutzpah, but rather their energy is a little more chilled out.
Ryan Graeff @ Free Gold Watch (Fri.) The Haight is a bastion of galleries with a street art slant. Off the beaten tourist path is Free Gold Watch, an arts and retail space on Waller that hosts openings occasionally. Tonight the space features the work of Ryan Graeff, who started Restitution Press, a zine dedicated to LA's rich urban art scene. He'll be joined by the Hit + Run crew, and together they'll create large-scale screen printed pieces and celebrate the 17th issue of Restitution. DJ Citizen Ten spins the tunes. (Free, 7-11 p.m.)
The Ferocious Few @ Milk (Fri.) The Ferocious Few and Milk have something in common: they've both gone through transitions recently. The garagey indie pop act has shifted from making its name as a street band with a portable P.A. to fitting in lots of gigs on the clubs circuit. The Haight St. venue has altered focus from purely hip-hop and DJ nights to shows packed with local pop and rock talent. Tonight the Ferocious Few and Milk join forces, with a $7 admission charge getting you into a gig that pairs the group with Stereo Glitter/Charles Gonzalez, Tender Box, and Deadbeat Darling (8 p.m.)
Dirtybird: Special Farewell to Berlin Party @ Mezzanine (Fri.) When it comes to wishing certain electro, house, and techno DJs and producers in the Dirtybird clan farewell, the early 'birds get the free worms. What am I talking about? Free entry to this Mezzanine bash with label stars J. Phlip, Justin Martin, Worthy, Christian Martin, and Claude VonStroke if you RSVP and arrive before 11 p.m. (Otherwise it' $10 with RSVP if you arrive before midnight, or $20 if you just show up whenever).
JD Samson & Honey Sound System @ Triple Crown (Fri.) Le Tigre fans have been able to keep up on JD Samson thanks to her skills behind the turntables: she's made quite a name for herself as a DJ in her Tigre downtime. Tonight, Samson joins our local venerable DJ crew Honey Sound System for the Unicrons party at Triple Crown. (9 p.m., $8-$10)
Barn Owl @ EpiscoDisco (Grace Cathedral) (Sat.)
Barn Owl's music is almost tailor-made for sacred spaces. The local duo's most recent album, The Conjurer, unfolds with meditative pacing, each guitar chord purposeful as a mantra and played against skeletal percussion. The beautiful instrumental record is meant to be evocative: of dusty, dusky landscapes in the cinematic, Western-hinting opening songs, and of landscapes both balmy and ominous as the music moves along. The Conjurer offers plenty of space -- between instruments, between beats, between moods -- which Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras use to coax your mind to slip inside their ruminative tunes. Reflect on their prayerful drones and dirges at a very special event tonight: One of my favorite monthly happenings, EpiscoDisco, hosts Barn Owl as its featured live act. The group performs alongside experimental- and folk-leaning Root Strata labelmates Daniel Higgs and Danny Paul Grody, whose music blooms with a similarly thoughtful intensity. (As with all EpiscoDiscos, there's a visual component as well, with work by local photographer Adam Wier.) On its own, the concept of watching performances at the historic cathedral is so uniquely San Francisco, it should not be missed. With the right combination of musician and vaulted ceilings, however, it can be close to transcendent. (Free, 7 p.m.)