This weekend offers a solid slate of shows, many of which feature some newer, up-and-coming bands around town. Let's break it down by day as usual. (All shows start at 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)

Friday:

•Let's kick off tonight's picks with a show I featured in this week's paper. The story was about Six Gallery, an instrumental quartet who have big plans for 2008. But The Slide Machine and Flotation Walls are perhaps an even bigger draw. Cleveland's Hot Cha Cha rounds out the lineup at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. According to tradition, cover should be $5.

This weekend offers a solid slate of shows, many of which feature some newer, up-and-coming bands around town. Let's break it down by day as usual. (All shows start at 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)

Friday:

•Let's kick off tonight's picks with a show I featured in this week's paper. The story was about Six Gallery, an instrumental quartet who have big plans for 2008. But The Slide Machine and Flotation Walls are perhaps an even bigger draw. Cleveland's Hot Cha Cha rounds out the lineup at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. According to tradition, cover should be $5.

•Three newish bands with a lot of buzz from the local hipster illuminati convene at Bernie's, 1896 N. High St. RTFO Bandwagon and Thee Sons of Daughters have gotten the stamp of approval from Washington Beach's tastemakers. Tonight is your chance to make your own decision. Joining them will be Take No Damage, another band gaining a reputation, but not with the same crowd. Should be an intriguing mix on that crowd-level stage, likely for a minimal cover charge ($3 is the rumor).

•Also worth noting is Watershed's show at LC Pavilion with The Receiver, which should be attracting a larger crowd than anything else I list here. Doors open at 8 p.m. at LC Pavilion, and The Receiver expects to be on by 9. By the way, I feel like I should mention in response to Watershed's band bio that anyone who thinks "real rock bands" are hard to come by is full of crap. Eight bucks.

Saturday:

•Last month's third annual Rock Potluck was postponed due to weather, which is great for me because now I can actually go. This year's dinner and concert, featuring 40 Columbus rockers reconfigured into eight new bands, is going down at Milo Arts, 617 E 3rd Ave. Music starts at 9 p.m. sharp, and tickets are $3.

•Also worth mentioning is a punk show at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St., featuring the Penetrators, Nerd Table (featured this week in The Dispatch), The Statutory Ape and Chillicothe's Rhythm Stitches. Expect a $5 cover for that one too.

•And if you're desperate for some garage rock, check out the Von Bondies at The Basement, 391 Neil Ave. They're joined by acclaimed Detroit bedfellows SSM and FREER, bands that are better known for their music than for getting beat up by Jack White. Doors are at 7 p.m. for this puppy. $12 advance, $14 at the door. (Kinda steep, eh?)

Sunday:

•Close out your weekend at Andyman's Treehouse, 887 Chambers Rd., where another Michigan band, Mason Proper, comes to town along with Dayton troubadour Joe Anderl. Local indie poppers Winter Makes Sailors and The Polyatomic will also play. No word on the cover for this, but it should be fun if you feel like going out on a Sunday night.