THE IRON MAIDENS AT TREMORS, SATURDAY
Everyone’s favorite all-female Iron Maiden tribute band—are there any others? Because these days, only a woman could hit the impossibly high notes in the chorus of “Run to the Hills” (sorry, Bruce Dickinson). www.myspace.com/theironmaidens.
Tremors, 1329 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-3060.
THE CLAREMONT MAFIA
Apparently, a loose affiliation of music and creative types who foster art-making whenever and wherever possible. The start of the world’s next great renaissance, or just a bunch of people to get drunk with? Go join their MySpace and feel like you’re part of a movement greater than yourself. At least you can goose their friend counter, which looks to be stalled at 76. www.myspace.com/claremontmafia.
SAVAGE REPUBLIC AT THE PRESS, SATURDAY
And, hey, here’s a member of the Claremont Mafia right now! Essentially a release party for their new CD Siam, Savage Republic, antiheros of the ‘80s L.A. underground, are still sculpting aural experiments after gaining a loyal following the globe over (really, they’re the American Can). Now seemingly headquartered in the calmer, quieter confines of the northwest IE, do they still bring the double bass? www.myspace.com/savagerepublic; www.myspace.com/the_press.
The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont, (909) 625-4808.
THE ASTOUNDING ROY GORBISONS AT THE SHOWCASE THEATRE, SATURDAY
The Weekly’s own Phil Fuller says, “They’re great, and they play in their underwear!” What more do you need to know? Well, there’s this: they’re probably Rancho Cucamonga’s greatest psychobilly band ever. Worship accordingly. www.myspace.com/theastoundingroygorbisons; www.showcasetheatre.com.
Showcase Theatre, 683 S. Main St., Corona, (951) 340-0988. 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages.
WALTER CLEVENGER & THE DAIRY KINGS AT BIACCI’S PIZZA, FRIDAY
Orange County’s most excellent power-pop-turned-alterna-country-whenever-they-feel-like-it band pay the IE a visit, as the fine aroma of Budweiser and pepperoni wafts through the air. Plus, with all the cool stuff going on Saturday, you’ll need something at least as awesome to do with your Friday night, no? www.myspace.com/walterclevengerthedairykings; www.myspace.com/biaccis4pizza.
Biacci’s Pizza, 775 N. Central Ave., Upland, (909) 946-0990. 9 p.m.
BUCKSWORTH AT THE REDLANDS MARKET, THURS., MARCH 8
Hell, yeah, we’ll plug the fabulous Bucksworth again: one of the IE’s best bands accompanies you on your valiant quest for farm-fresh broccoli stalks, turkey jerky and rib-sticking kettle corn. Come to think of it, a Bucksworth/Walter Clevenger double-bill would be our idea of sonic heaven. www.myspace.com/bucksworth; www.redlandsmarketnight.com.
Redlands Market Night, along State St. in downtown Redlands, every Thurs., 6-9 p.m. Free. (Bucksworth plays March 8)
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE IN THE IE . . . AGAIN!
First they’ll make their grand comeback at Coachella—unless they start bitching at each other again, so who knows?—and then they’re back August 11 at the Rock the Bells fest at San Berdoo’s NOS Events Center with the Wu-Tang. A pair of IE Rage shows, and neither of them at the hellish spectacle that is the Hyudai Pavilion? What did we do to deserve such love? Complete lineup coming March 26, with tickets on sale March 31. www.rockthebells.net; www.myspace.com/rockthebells.