Rock & Pop

Weedeater

When: Thu., Sept. 29, 8 p.m. 2011

Really, you can't go wrong with a name like that. When it comes to stoner rock, there are perhaps no better band monikers: Bongzilla. Goatsnake. Acid King. Electric Wizard.And, yes, Weedeater. Though the term "stoner rock" is now associated with all sorts of clichéd and unwelcome cheesy connotations, the music itself -- heavy, dirty, bluesy, drop-tuned, slow- to mid-tempo -- remains as popular as ever. It may rarely (if ever) stray from that formula, but fans of such music don't seem to care as long as it's conducive to headbanging. Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, Weedeater is the project of "Dixie" Dave Collins, former bassist for Buzzov*en, one of the pioneering bands in the sludge genre. The band released its fourth album, Jason...The Dragon, earlier this year, and it's filled with all sorts of sticky riffs and irreverent, blitzed-out lyrics. Expect the cloud of smoke to be thick when the band plays with Bison BC, Saviours, and Fight Amp at The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Thursday, Sept. 29. 8 p.m., $15, $18. TheIndependentSF.com

Kathleen Richards

Price: $15, $18

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