THE WALKING TOXINS AT TREMORS, SATURDAY
If not the most talented act to play at this battle-of-the-punk-bands throwdown, then certainly the one with the best name. But then click up their MySpace, where you’ll find their songs aren’t really half bad—take the glorious (though potentially dangerous, if the band ever find themselves hanging out in certain Barstow watering holes) “Stupid Asshole Nazis Must Die,” with its invigorating double-whammy choruses of “Stupiiiiid . . . asshooooole . . . Naziiiiis . . . mustdie!” and the anthemic heart-pounder “Fuck you! We don’t need your shit!” Short, sharp, and to the point, proving that a good time can be had with people from Hemet. www.myspace.com/thewalkingtoxins.
Tremors, 1329 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-3060; www.myspace.com/tremorsbar. 7 p.m. 18+.
OZZFEST AT HYUNDAI PAVILION, SATURDAY
Finally, an event at Hyundai that’s worth enduring the venue’s eternal parking hassles for—because this one’s free. As you’ve surely heard, the Ozz has made his self-named fest gratis this year (expect to see tons of banners and advertising at Hyundai to make up the difference), and, we’re told, a bunch of tickets have just been released for this weekend’s shindig, featuring Lamb of God, Static X, Hatebreed and Mondo Generator, fronted by Nick “The-Freaky-Goateed-Dude-Who-Got-Kicked-Out-Of-Queens-Of-The-Stone-Age” Oliveri. And of course, Ozzy himself, reveling in his post-TV-show glory. Dude may be a walking, breathing museum piece, but like repeated viewings of Guernica, he’s a gift that keeps on giving. Hot tip: Saturday may also be a good day to hang out at the Randy Rhoads tomb in San Bernardino’s Mountain View Cemetery, where Ozzy reportedly drops by every year at Ozzfest time and leaves flowers for his fallen guitarist. www.ozzfest.com.
Ozzfest at Hyundai Pavilion, 2575 Glen Helen Pkwy., Devore, (909) 880-6500; noonish to elevenish.
THE ONTARIO RELAY JAM FESTIVAL, SAT.-SUN.
When we see the words “Ontario” and “jam” used in the same sentence, we inevitably hark back to the sordid tales our older brother used to tell us of the time he went to Cal Jam 2 at the old Ontario Motor Speedway—dude, Ted Nugent in his loinclothed prime? Gnarly! This, however, isn’t quite the same thing, though it’s at Ontario Mills, where the old speedway once stood. A benefit for the American Cancer Society (tickets are a paltry five bucks, so don’t be a cheapskate), it’s an all-night marathon of music starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and continuing until the mariachis wake you up Sunday morn, with tons of local bands repping myriad genres in between—folk, jazz, blues, reggae, funk, hip-hop, you name it, it’ll be here. And of course, with any sort of music marathon, there’ll also be the inevitable hippie-infested 2 a.m. drum circle (BYO patchouli oil). www.myspace.com/ontariorelayforlife.
JUSTIN BLACK AND THE LIGHT AT ROMANO’S, SATURDAY
Plugging Justin Black again? Hell yeah—only one of the greatest IE bands around, so of course, this time on a bill that includes the Pinheads, a Ramones tribute band dedicated enough to don shaggy black wigs. Justin also beat cancer on a diet of carrot juice and wheatgrass, a nasty (but healthy!) concoction we tried a couple weeks ago—and we’re still trying to get the taste out of our mouth. www.myspace.com/justinblack.
Romano’s, 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Riverside, (951) 781-7662. Sat., 8:30 p.m. $7. 21+.