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In the dusk of another Valentine’s Day, some of us will go to bed in despair, victims of this horrible holiday’s deadly talons. But rest assured, desperate souls, this fate is completely avoidable. Local music is here for you. And it will stay with you all through the night.

Five fantastic shows will compete for your affections this Saturday night – all very worthy suitors, and all for less than the price of dinner. This also turns out to be a nice preview night for the upcoming Noise Pop and SXSW festivals.

Starting off with the show with free candy for the first 50 people, The Action Design, Excuses for Skipping and special guests will be playing at The Uptown in Oakland. These two bands will bring some solid, fem-powered indie rock to East Bay that will be a great release from the day. 9pm, $8.

Next, El Rio will host some good old-fashioned rock and roll with The Husbands, The Rock N Roll Adventure Kids and Ty Segall. This will be the perfect show for those looking for lots of distortion and good grooves. 9pm, $7.

If you’re looking for something slightly more poppy but still rockin’, head over to the Hemlock Tavern for Dreamdate, Shannon & the Clams and Hunx & His Punx. 9:30pm, $7.

Last but certainly not least (especially for all you underage lovers), Bottom of the Hill will offer up some quality, shoegazey indie rock with The Appleseed Cast (Kansas), The Union Trade and Audio Out Send. 10pm, $12, all ages.

From all the folks at The Bay Bridged, have a fantastic Valentine’s Day. Because local music will never break your heart.