Watt Covers Coltrane, Madonna

Hard-gigging ex-Minutemen bass player Mike Watt is gearing up to play two rare shows this week.

The first -- at Santa Monica, Calif.'s 14 Below club on Friday -- will feature Watt, along with Porno for Pyros' Stephen Perkins (drums) and Peter DiStefano (guitar), performing what Watt calls a "Coltrane-inspired workout," in reference to legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.

The following night -- at Signal Hill, Calif.'s Foothill club -- will feature a set by the Madonnabes, a Watt side project that focuses almost exclusively on covers of lesser-known Madonna songs.