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Thursday 6 Natural born killer Juliette Lewis will slay a Casbah crowd tonight as Juliette & the Licks tout new Militia Group disc Four on the Floor . On this, her second full-length, the movie star-cum-rock star has bedded modern alt-rock influences (PJ Harvey, Royal Trux) for something more akin to '70s throwbacks like...PJ Harvey and Royal Trux. In four years, singer Lewis has experienced the downside of the music biz with a seeming constant turnover of backing players, of which, I'm sure, there's an army. (Sign me up.) Scissors for Lefty (SanFran) and Suffrajet (Chicago) tenderize ya.... Ahmad Jamal 's first studio recording came out in 1951. Since then the jazz pianist and composer has released 30 collections, most notably 1958 classic But Not for Me, music from which is featured on hit live takes Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing . Not only was Jamal an influence to young Miles Davis, his music continues to score films and is a peck for hip-hop samplers. The 77-year-old jazzman's trio (with bass and drums) will sit in at Anthology for three nights starting Thursday.... The punk pride of San Dago, Fifty on Their Heels, is all over town this weekend. Get with 'em and kindred spirits from NY, NY the So So Glos at Beauty Bar Thursday night and get yer Johnny Rotten on. See Friday and Saturday for more shows, y'know, if you want to do that Dead head thing.... Over the hill and not so far away, Junior the Disco Punk spins "bad music for bad people" at Bar Pink Elephant in North Park.

Friday 7 Pull on your boot cuts and pull down that Deere cap, ya'll, Whistle Stop's propping country rock in a triple bill. Local rock-n-soul sots Bartender's Bible lay out the old-school barroom brand; Exfriends come from '90s Americana; and New Yorker by way of Chatanooga Billie Anne Crews turns up her strat for fat "country grunge." Lady sounds a bit like Janis.... Remember Japanese trio Shonen Knife ? Thanks to the likes of Thurston Moore and Kurt Cobain, the shepunks have been bringing it stateside for 25 years. This year the ladies tout their 14th disc Fun Fun Fun -- a little snap, crackle, and a lot of pop. And none of the screech factor I remember. With Buffalo's answer to Shonen Knife, Juliet Dagger . Wisconsin's Wildbirds will warm the room with fuzzy backwoods strum-alongs.... Fifty on Their Heels ' weekend romp moves up to UCSD's Ché Café, the So So Glos in tow. Ché bill adds retro pop up-and-comers the Sess and Imperial Valley's R&B kings Chango Rey Y El Moreno .... Gonna be a punkrock punchdown at Tower Bar Friday night as surfcats Monsters from Mars take on dirty duo Batar-Zan .

Saturday 8 Sonic superheroes Aquabats! bring their schtick to Soma Saturday night. The Huntington Beach boys are entertainers first, setting elaborate stage shows where the quintet dresses in matching superhero costumes and battles evil with music -- some ska, some synth-y power pop, and then rock-roll when they need the heavy artillery. Have a look/listen to 2005's Charge! CD/DVD. Hunter Revenge, Ska Agents , and DJ Lance Rock (from hit kids' show Yo Gabba Gabba! ) join our heroes in their cause.... Indie pop auteur David Bazan -- aka Pedro the Lion -- performs an early set at Casbah in support of solo e.p. Fewer Moving Parts. It's a Bazan joint, but the split personality's sure to get some Headphones or Pedro on. Fellow Nor'wester

J Tillman also plays. Late night it's Punk Rock Karaoke, where legit punk players play and YOU sing your favorite punk classic. I'll be the guy doin' "Wonderful!".... Reggae rodent Eek-a-Mouse visits 'Canes with Pasadena party boyz the Bfoundation and locals Social Green . Solid beachside bill.... Fifty on Their Heels closes out the weekend roadshow in Mexicali, where they'll storm Ole Caribe with the So Sos and Mexicali crunkers Lipstick Terror and Maniqui Lazer .

Sunday 9 Jingle Ball's here. The annual Star 94.1 event goes down at Sports Arena Sunday starting at 6p. Lineup is Star fare: Vanessa Carlton, Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran , and Matchbox Twenty -- proceeds to Becky's House.... The other big gig's across town at SDSU's Cox Arena. This one's called Nightmare before Christmas and features Angels and Airwaves, Bad Religion, Against Me! , and Seether .... Chicagoland garage-punk jam band Naked Raygun reunited for last year's Riot Fest, an annual punk-rock festival held in the Windy City. Afterward, the early '90s heyday quartet of Pezzati, Stephens, Kezdy, and Spicer ( Raygun...Naked Raygun ) announced the band was back in biz. The Guns shoot up Casbah Sunday night with SanFran's $wingin Utter$.

Monday 10 I'd have bet you that Fuel was the band that did that song "Hey Man, Nice Shot." You prob'bly know it wasn't them and would've taken the bet. Filter played that 1995 hit. You can see my confusion: Fuel, Filter... Anyway, Fuel, hard rock band from Tennessee, plays Viejas Monday night in support of new Epic records full-length Angels and Devils . Trapt opens.... Korn frontman Jon Davis brings his "Alone I Play" acoustic gig to House of Blues. Davis promises covers, unheard Korn comers, and Korn classics. L.A. industrial act Godhead in support.... Good news for people who like Modest news: Modest Mouse squeak in a Soma set with Matt Costa. Love 'em or hate 'em, that's Johnny Marr on stage!

Tuesday 11 Alt-rock hip-hop band G Love & Special Sauce pours it out at 4th&B Tuesday night. The 15-year-old Philadelphia-based trio is popular for a hopped- up R&B vibe, which can be sampled on '90s hits "Cold Beverage" and "Baby's Got Sauce." The dance-party act touts last year's disc Lemonade. San Diego's acoustic blues chanteuse Tristan Prettyman (who appeared on Lemonade ) sets the stage.... Round the corner at House of Blues, bassist Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson fame) and his Goon Moon rise over HOB's Delta Room stage. The L.A.-based band has joined the desert-rock community that evolves around Chris Goss, Josh Homme, and their Queens of the Stone Age. Goss and Homme both appear on the Goons' debut Licker's Last Leg (Ipecac 2007) and Goss tours with the band.

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