I'm here to convince you that Cannery Ballroom is where you want to be--just don't forget the guyliner. First on the bill is the L.A. band Run Run Run, an act that seems to have landed in this festival on the virtue of a current Southeast tour with headliners Luna Halo. Local metal boys Destroy Destroy Destroy are up next--looking and sounding out of place on this tight pants, slick hair bill. The final three bands are all gunning for that elusive brass ring of mainstream success--babes, booze and a place in the rotation on nationwide modern rock stations. On their MySpace page, The Hollywood Kills aim high, claiming to draw "upon creative influences such as The Beatles, Jimmy Eat World, Queen, Incubus, and even the Temptations." (Paging Corey Harris.) The revamped Pink Spiders will bring their recently-dropped stylings to the stage--we know you can't wait to see what that minx Matt Friction and his band of replacements have up their sleeves. And if you get off watching dudes in vests spin out a decade's worth of hot rock cliches, don't miss perpetually-on-the-brink-of-breaking-big Luna Halo.
Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2008