If you time it right, you can see three shows in one night this Friday. So if you're bummed out about the cancellations of the Le Tigre and Coheed & Cambria shows, hang tough. There are plenty of alternatives that'll more than make up for any spoiled plans.
The six bands performing Friday at Solid Sound Studios (4616 N. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach) will help wipe away any emo tears you may be shedding. And they'll give you a good kick in the ass as well. The night starts at 6:30 with metal-tinged sets by Osiris Rising, Sense of Being, Filth Tree, Slapstick Remedy, Quixotik, and Dr. Gonzo's Bazooka Circus. It's good to get that aggression out early, before the alcohol takes over. Admission costs $7. Call 954-974-1466.
Of course, your tastes might not venture to the heavier side of rock, in which case you'd do better to join Truckstop Coffee and the Freakin' Hott for a night of alt-country and Americana-inspired rock 'n' roll at the Red Lion Pub (10114 S. Military Trl., Boynton Beach). While newcomers in name, Truckstop Coffee features Pete Stein and Caleb Smith, staples of the local singer/songwriter scene. Two great bands for the price of none (it's free!). The show starts at 9 p.m. Call 561-737-0434.
While you're on the alt-country kick, you might as well top off the evening by checking out the guy who was mixing blues and punk when you were still listening to Thriller -- Charlie Pickett. The Miami alt-country/blues rocker is joined by former bandmate John Salton and the Psycho Daisies for a midnight show Friday at Alligator Alley (1321 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park). Call 954-771-2220.
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Next time you plunk down half your paycheck for a Ticketmaster show, make sure you've got a backup plan as good as this one; we don't always learn of these cancellations before deadline. -- Jason Budjinski