The July Fourth weekend will no doubt be flooded by addictive glossy hip-hop, R&B and pop stars and the undisputed heroes of the form, but if you've had enough saccharine and could go for some sweet (maybe salty, depending on the sweat to humidity ratio), you have a few options:
Adorable teenage punk peddlers turned epic pop guitar heroes the Silent Game return to the stage at the Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.) their first show in more than a year opening for pop rockers MyNameIsJohnMichael, who's fresh off a proverbial (or not) Bonnaroo high. Doors are 10 p.m.
Also Friday (and this week's Gambit music pick) is Ty Segall, who'll stumble into The Saint (961 St. Mary St.) along with tourmates Charlie & the Moonhearts. Segall's MySpace says his influenes are The Troggs and The Pretty Things' "Parachute," and he'd be dead on. His latest LP Lemons (Goner) jumps into similarly fuzzed out, swirly garage-pop territory. King Louie One Man Band opens. Show starts at 10 p.m.
If you're not revelling downtown watching the sky fall and rain fire on the masses this Saturday, you could join Black Metal Essence Fest at Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave.) with a louder-than-hell lineup of Hawg Jaw, Declaration of War, Tirefire and Fat Stupid Ugly People. Show starts at 10 p.m.