By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
All you need to know: John Sinclair founded the White Panther Party, managed the MC5, and John Lennon wrote a song about him. Along with Carlo Ditta (who produced Willy De Ville), the pair present a "mystical fusion of folk, funk, blues, soul, and passionate beat poetry."
Bowery Electric October 12
When a band claims their song "Officer" is "jubilant post–T.Rex," well, investigation is called for. And damned if they're not lying. Precious but dirty and transcendent, Saint Rich—fronted by songwriter Christian Peslak and guitarist Steve Marion—also record under the moniker Delicate Steve, and have released two albums on David Byrne's Luaka Bop Records. Saint Rich's new one, Beyond the Drone, is just out on Merge.
Honorable mention for best band names: Fancy Regan, Krunk Pony, Flux Capacitor, Pants Exploded, The Oxford Coma, Bass Drum of Death, Logan's Run, Brunch of the Living Dead.
The CBGB Festival takes place October 9–13 at venues around the city. Visit cbgb.com for more information.