Thurs., May 30, Ghostplay
Old Ironsides, 9 p.m., $5
Sacramento indie-rock three-piece Ghostplay writes songs that sound like the kind of tunes you'd crank on a Saturday night spent alone in your bedroom while penning heartfelt stalker poetry. In other words, it's dark and dirgey, with '80s-era goth and new-wave touches—very Joy-Division-meets-Bauhaus-meets-The Head on the Door-era Cure. The band, comprising Jason Hess, Mark Rocha and Leticia Garcia, is currently working on its debut EP. In the meantime, catch a live set—it's not the same as playing the same song repeatedly on your stereo while nursing a heartbreak, but it's probably emotionally healthier. MindFlowers and Dog Party are also on the bill. 1901 10th Street, www.facebook.com/ghostplay.music.