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Two Seconds

Plenty of interesting local shows to see this weekend:

Thursday night features a few local options. There's the Birdmonster show at The Independent that we previewed on Monday. Those guys have built a well-earned reputation for great, high energy live shows and tonight should be no different.

There's also a great show at Cafe du Nord, featuring performances by Bay Bridged alumni Ex-Boyfriends and Two Seconds, as well as Fresno's Rademacher. The Ex-BF guys have been in the studio working on the follow-up to their debut Dear John and drummer Chris O has been documenting the process in words and pictures. You can also hear a song from Two Seconds' debut album in our Monthly Mix from last September. The show starts at 9pm, is $10 and is 21+.

Your best bet Friday night is to catch one of the two final performances of Giant Haystacks, which we discussed yesterday. We've seen them several times before and they always deliver.

Also on Friday, local label Jackpine Social Club celebrates its fifth birthday over at Annie's Social Club. Over its five years, the label has released records by Bay Area notables like The Herms, Kelley Stoltz, Oranger, and Loquat among others. Friday's celebration features performances from Ian Moore, Jackpot, and Parker Bros. Jackpot, from Sacramento, will be releasing their new album on Jackpine Social Club on May 15th. At the show, there's also going to be a meat raffle, which we initially assumed was a joke, but it sounds like there is actually going to be a raffle with meat prizes. The show starts at 9pm and is $8 and 21+.

On Saturday night, The Finches play a last Bay Area show before heading on a West Coast tour that finds them playing gigs from San Diego to Vancouver. For all of the dates, check out their MySpace page. We spoke to the duo just before they released their very received debut full-length Human Like a House earlier this year. Joining them are fellow local folk-rockers Chinatown Bakeries and Phoenix's French Quarter. The show begins at 9:30pm, is $7 and is 21+.

And on Sunday night, the excellent Dreamdate, who we recently featured, headline over at Cafe du Nord, alongside Make Me, Origami, and Excuses for Skipping. The show starts at 7:30pm, is $8 advance/$10 door, and is 21+.