When: Fri., March 18, 10 p.m. 2011
In the very male-dominated world of guitar shredding, Marnie Stern has been making her mark as quite the six-string queen. But unlike fellow female brethren whose influences run towards neo-classical thrash (The Great Kat) or straightforward hard rock (Lita Ford), Stern's musical inspirations run the gamut, from Deerhoof and Sleater-Kinney to King Crimson and Talking Heads. On the New York City native's 2010 self-titled third album, she lands at the crossroads of math-rock and bubble-gum pop via reams of layered riffing, keening vocals and enough finger-tapping to be giving Eddie Van Halen a case of terminal perma-grin. Stern will be celebrating her thirty-fifth birthday sharing a bill with co-headliner Tera Melos and prog-rockers Amaranth, featuring a couple of buddies from Hella. All this axe-wielding will be going down on Friday, March 18 at Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco) 10 p.m. $12. BottomoftheHill.com.
Dave Gil de Rubio