Lotsa shows worth checking out, but you can't see them all. Here are two of my favorite picks for the coming week:
*Kevin Seconds & Steve Soto: It's tempting to look at this lineup and think, “Oh man, top-notch punks getting together on the same bill, this is gonna rip.” You'd be right if you thought that, but maybe not the exact way you envisioned it. Sure, area punk everyman Kevin Seconds, of 7Seconds, and Steve Soto, of Adolescents, are playing with local champs Danny Secretion, of the Secretions, and Dino Eneboccir, of Sneeze Attack, but that doesn't mean you're going to get distorted guitars and high-energy angst. No, any angst at Cafe Colonial (3520 Stockton Boulevard) on Friday, August 19, will be of the more mellow, acoustic variety. It's a nice opportunity to get to know these guys for their songwriting chops and thougthfulness without risking any sort of pit. Show starts at 8 p.m.
*Helen Money & John Haughm: It'll get real dark and eclectic over at Starlite Lounge (1521 21st Street) when these two roll in on Monday, August 22. You may recognize John Haughm as the brains behind Agalloch, which is sadly no more. But the real gem here is Helen Money, an artist who can build entire drone compositions out of ingenious use of her cello and some loop pedals. With the two of them working together, who knows what sort of incredible avant garde black metal-esque atmosphere we're going to get. Roll through with $10 at 8 p.m. and prepare for the end.
Anthony Siino is a Sacramento writer, editor and otherwise unrespectable deviant who loves music, especially metal, more than he does his own skin. He currently works as the assistant editor of the Sacramento News & Review and can be yelled at directly on Twitter @AnthonySiino.