The Chop Tops roar into House of Rock on Wednesday nigh with the raw power and sex appeal of a chopped and channeled 1950 Mercury hot rod. Doors are at 8 p.m. The Santa Cruz, Calif., trio of Sinner (stand-up drums and vocals), Shelby (guitar) and Josh (upright bass) exude revved-up rockabilly — a potent blend of psychobilly, surf, punk and straight up rock ‘n’ roll. The group has been going since 1995 and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Their latest album is “2012′s Evil Six: Revisited.”
THURSDAY: LEOPOLD AND HIS FICTION
Real life can be just as thrilling as fiction and Daniel James has written himself a reality as colorful and larger than life as the frontman of Leopold and His Fiction. The Austin-based group plays Thursday at House of Rock. Local favorites Lady Katherine and Hope & Hostility open. Doors open at 8 p.m. “It’s a funny thing,” the singer, guitarist and songwriter told SFGate.com. “When I started this group, I sang because I’m a guitar player first and had started writing songs.” James moved from Detroit to study fiction writing at San Francisco State. “After years and years of doing that, it was just a matter of combining the fiction and poetry and making the story work in the guise of short stanzas and putting music behind it,” he said. “Pooling my resources together, it worked for songwriting, and I love being onstage. You don’t get to be onstage too many times if you’re home writing a novel.” The result is ferocious garage rock that grabs your attention with subtle tinges of soul and folk. During the last visit, the group shared some tunes that could be destined for its fourth album, which is in the works.
FRIDAY: THE BASSHEADZ TOUR OF TEXAS
Dubstep up-and-comers Sadhu and Barron take over Friday night as The BassHeadz Tour of Texas makes a stop at House of Rock. Doors are at 10 p.m. When first introduced to dubstep, Sadhu, from Berlin, Germany, has wasted no time creating his own style with pounding basslines and heavy, chest-hitting drums. Barron, from Baltimore, has already released on high-profile labels at a young age, demonstrating exceptional producing skills within the EDM scene, mainly within the genres of dubstep and drumstep.