To a certain set of townies, the arrival of AthFest each June is a source of excitement for one reason: It means SlopFest is right around the corner. The three-day rock and punk-oriented fest is a decidedly underground counterpart to its more visible companion but is known for featuring some of the most exciting acts both well-established and on the rise. This year’s lineup includes local bands like Little Gold, Motherfucker, Cinemechanica, Shehehe, Deep State and Eureka California, as well as the debut solo outing from MC Louie Larceny (ex-Mad Axes) and performances by regional must-sees Faux Ferocious and cross-country standout The Hugs. Thursday’s kickoff show is free of charge, and you can attend the rest of the weekend for a song. For the full schedule, see the Calendar.
10 p.m. (Thurs.), 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) · FREE! (Thursday), $5 (Fri. & Sat.), $7 (wristband).