Today/Tonight: Bumbershoot Day 2, Surfer Blood at the Hard Rock, Pavement at the Paramount

Surfer Blood

Check out our picks for Day 2 of Bumbershoot, including Unnatural Helpers, Fresh Espresso, David Bazan, Jay Electronica, and much, much more, right here.

The Official Bumbershoot After-Party with Surfer Blood, Dead Confederate, Futurebirds. Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St., 204-2233. 11 p.m. $15. Sunday's going to be a busy day at Bumbershoot - Courtney! Weezer! - but if you've got any extra energy left after all that rock, the Hard Rock's hosting a late night after-party featuring one of the year's most buzzed-about indie bands. Surfer Blood will also play Bumbershoot on Monday, but they're worth seeing twice - the Florida fivesome's debut, this year's Astro Coast, plays like a glorious, anthemic attempt to prove, once and for all, the un-toppable power of loud, smashing, and crunching electric guitars. None of the band members are over 24, which makes their impressively deft handle on their instruments even more astonishing. Also, they have a song about "Twin Peaks," and we can take that as a local shoutout. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Pavement, with Quasi. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877-STG-4TIX. 8 p.m. $32. All ages. I was one of about six people who were more excited about seeing Pavement than anyone else playing Sasquatch 2010. Alas, it proved to be a total shit show. While the band eventually made it through all the songs, the set was punctuated by a possibly-intoxicated Malkmus berating his band for not doing a better job. But if you love Pavement, you need to see them standing in solidarity with other people who love Pavement, not some underage Kid Cudi worshippers. Which is why it's worth giving the band another chance as a headliner in a nice venue. That the show is taking place during Bumbershoot weekend just strengthens the argument to attend, because anyone who's going to skip out on Bumbershoot's solid 40th anniversary line-up to catch Pavement is a true fan. Hopefully the band will recognize this by actually fucking practicing beforehand so they can give the real fans the show they deserve. SARA BRICKNER

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