The Damned See Critic's Choice on page 79. Tura Satana and Man Will Surrender open. The Abyss, 5913 Washington Avenue, 863-7173. $13 (Ticketmaster: 629-3700).
Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band San Francisco-based keyboardist and so-called "psychedelic Pied Piper" Saunders recently came through town as part of the Jazz Is Dead collective featuring Billy Cobham and T Lavitz -- the latest in a career-defining series of collaborations that includes work with the motley crew of Johnny Mathis, Miles Davis, Harry Belafonte, Blues Traveler, B.B. King, the Statler Brothers and, most notable, Head Deadhead Jerry Garcia. Merl's back with his own band tonight. The Fabulous Satellite Lounge, 3616 Washington Avenue, 869-