There are about nine zillion excellent shows in Rocktober, but having so many impressive underground acts on one bill just might be the best thing on the agenda, at least for music fans who like their art punk served straight from the garage or viewed through a kaleidoscope. Thee Oh Sees are a vital part of San Francisco's richly complex post-punk stew, swimming in psychedelic-flavored pop and garnished with enough fascinating racket to make you wonder if you've stumbled upon the soundtrack for a shootout between a plumbers' union and a disgruntled pack of math rockers. Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer made a name for himself in beloved cult bands like Pink and Brown and the Coachwhips, the latter of which used to call Seattle home, so it's no surprise that they've teamed up with the local band the Intelligence to release a split 12" on the vinyl-centric label mt.st.mtn. As if all that isn't enough, the Lights' Craig Chambers will be holding down the opening slot with his new-ish side project, Love Tan (formerly known as Pyramids).
Thu., Oct. 9, 9 p.m., 2008