Synth pop blog sensation Victoria Hesketh sings twee covers and plays a strange Japanese instrument, the Tenori-On, in free in-store. Mar 9 at 6. Free. Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St, San Francisco. 415.831.1200.Zac Brown Band
Winners of the ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy Award out on tour trying to break the dreaded curse with brawn and beards. Mar 9 at 7. $40. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. 510.302.2277.Marianne Faithfull“Melodramatic Popular Song” may be a joke genre on MySpace, but it’s the story of this survivor’s career. Accompanied by guitarist Doug Pettibone. Mar 3-4 at 8. $35. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland. 510.238.9200.Allen Toussaint
Yes we can can! New Orleans songwriting legend plays rare solo show with Rusty Zinn and Mark Hummel. Mar 3 at 8. $35. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco. 888.233.0449.Mike Watt
Van-driving, urine-drinking, bass-playing hero of the underground lays down his latest spiel. With Lite and Low Red Land. Mar 9 at 9. $12. Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St, San Francisco. 415.621.4455.Shrinebuilder
Scott Kelley from Neurosis and Dale Crover from the Melvins join up to create burbling, fierce plate tectonics. Mar 7 at 8. $15-$17. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.771.1422.More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.