Christene Green

The Thermals played an all-ages show at Neumos on Thursday, delighting the high-energy crowd with their ever-awesome no frills/no drum toms catchy rock 'n' roll. Elegant crusties and squeaky-clean teens alike danced and shouted along. An encore was demanded, and sweaty jump-hugging and head-shaking exploded when "No Culture Icons" started.

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• On Friday, antigay indie singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked played a bizarre outdoor show at the Village Green Perennial Nursery in White Center to eight people, in front of a giant printout of her face with her Twitter handle scrawled on it. Shocked wore a Daffy Duck paint-splatter jean jacket, told a rambling story about Facebook and her high-school prom date, and asked an audience member, "You look familiar—are you on Twitter?" Her self-described "gay and also atheist" touring manager said Shocked was "playing it by ear" when asked why they were attempting to continue her tour when most of the venues had canceled. Apparently, Shocked convinced the nursery's owner to let her play, saying her hateful, homophobic outburst at a San Francisco gig in March was somehow taken out of context. The owner now regrets her decision, saying, "I did not have enough facts... I did not intend to imply that I support bigotry or hatred."

• Detroit legend Rodriguez played a sold-out Neptune Theater on Thursday. The Searching for Sugar Man subject looked pretty spry for his 70 years in black leather pants, playing his hits "I Wonder" and "Crucify Your Mind" along with a string of rock 'n' roll covers. Overall, the show was enjoyable, except for the person who filmed the entire performance on her iPad.

Ron Jeremy hung (ha!) out at Linda's Tavern on Friday, promoting his new Ron de Jeremy rum and signing DVDs, VHS tapes, and, of course, boobs.

By Proxy—the basscentric electronic duo of Brooklyn-via-Seattle producer Jeremy Moss and Seattle vocalist Alicia Romero—have sold a track, "68" (originally released on Ill Cosby's Car Crash Set in 2010), to venerable drum 'n' bass producer LTJ Bukem for future release on his Good Looking imprint.

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• Revered country singer/heavy drinker George Jones passed away on Friday at the age of 81. He was famous for hits like "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Golden Ring," and for driving his riding lawn mower eight miles to the liquor store when his then-wife Shirley hid the keys to their cars.

Shana Cleveland has been getting a lot of press recently for her delightful surf-pop band La Luz. But she's also doing exceptional things in visual art. We just found out—via the UK mag the Wire, of all places—that Cleveland painted a deck of trading cards depicting "Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar" for the great folk-oriented label Tompkins Square. You can buy the 37-card deck for $19.99 at tompkinssquare.com/obscure-cards.html. recommended

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