When guitarist Billy Zoom retired from L.A. punk pioneers X, John Doe and Exene Cervenka enlisted Dave Alvin of the Blasters. Alvin brought roots rock to a punk-rock affair, and the Knitters were born. Primarily a live act, the Knitters have been weaving rockabilly and cowpunk for 25 years, though you wouldn't know it to look at the catalogue of two discs, both of which are eclectic collections of covers -- everything from acoustic X to country standards (with a dash of overdrive). Catch up with the all-star act tonight at Belly Up.... Seattle flannel jammers the Melvins close out a two-night stop at Casbah tonight. King Buzzo, Dale, and cohorts Big Business promise fan fave Houdini (1993) in its entirety. They covered a KISS song on that one.... Continuing their LLLove Campaign, the alliterative Long Live Logos get their game on at San Diego Sports Club, with Frantic Romantic and the Predicates .... Sweat and estrogen fly at Bar Pink Elephant where Squiddo will rock their Joan Jett vibe and Wild Weekend retool the Zeros.... Couple three more mentionables: Mannheim Steamroller roll holiday rock through the Sports Arena (have fun, Mom).... Aussie singer/songwriter Ben Lee and openers the Cary Brothers (L.A.) drop pop on House of Blues.... And reggae dub daddy Earl Zero hits the beach, where Jah rules 'Canes. Roots Covenant and Dash Eye will open.
Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson rocks his harmonica at Winston's in O.B. The bluesman blows harder than anybody hitting 300-plus dates a year. And dude can sing a song.... SD's indie-rock cream of the crop Vision of a Dying World and the Sess pair up at Tower Bar. Both bands'll have new e.p.s under their arms. Don't be shy.... Over at Ken Club, it's a psych-pop affair. Red Pony Clock touts debut God Made Dirt , on which the ten-piece wraps indie pop in brassy tropicalia. They'll split the bill with psych-folk faves the Donkeys .... Throw Rag wanders in from Salton City to visit hardcore on a Casbah crowd. Is that a Jew's harp on "Swingset Superman"? Hitchhikers and Screamin' Yeehaws open up.... L.A. blues beauty Janiva Magness graces Anthology. Her '06 debut, Do I Move You? , rocked the blues world, garnering Magness Best Contemporary Female Artist and nominations for Best Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Go to her website and read her backstory, you'll see why baby sings the blues.... Welcome to oblivi-aaahn! Pride of Poway Unwritten Law checks in at House of Blues. Law's latest was a "best of" deal called The Hit List .
Imperial Teen brings The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band to Casbah Saturday night, when the Bay Area quartet lays out its latest collection of quirk pop. The Teens' debut Seasick (1996) remains their high waterboy, er, watermark. Never see that one in the remainders bin. These could be the sets of the week with Los Angelino acts Midnight Movies and Loverlee in support.... Check out the rock 'n' roll smorgasbord at RIMAC: Queens of the Stone Age, Pinback, Louis XIV, and Rogue Wave . All four food groups.... In 2005, San Diego alt-rock band My American Heart won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, securing the five-piece a spot on '05's Warped Tour and a record deal with Warcon. This year, the Hearts released follow-up Hiding inside the Horrible Weather. They'll finish up their "Love California" tour Saturday night at Mira Mesa's all-age Epicentre with A Change of Pace, Everybody Else, and the White Tie .... Speaking of Epicentre, guitarist Mike Keneally will be up there playing a couple "Best of the '90s" afternoon sets Saturday and Sunday at 1p in support of the Paul Green School of Rock Music.... Fright-rockers Deadbolt and the Nightmares will expose Ken Club to the lighter side of goth.... While noiseniks Hostile Combover debunk the Alibi with Cabron and Tijuana Knife Fight .... Looks like classic-rock guitarist Dave Mason sold out the main floor at Anthology. Upstairs tix still available.... And for all you guitar junkies, Tecolote Guitar Works on Morena opens a guitar art show Saturday that'll run through February 1. Go to the website ( tecoloteguitarworks ) for a preview.
Slim pickins Sunday, unless you're into the Mar Dels' doo-wop and dance thing. The party band will perform a Christmas show at Belly Up.... Local pianist Mikan Zlatkovich will play a free tribute to jazz-fusionist Joe Zawinul (Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Weather Report) at Anthology.... L.A. three-piece Heard drive it down to Zombie Lounge for a preview of '08 alt-rock release Have You Heard? ... There's always Jose Sinatra's O.B.-o-ke joint Sunday nights at Winston's. Fun runs from after football till last call.
Bar Pink Elephant's staging a Monday nighter with MEX -- that's the Mario Escovedo Experience. The ex-Dragon's propping borderland rock and blues for the two-step stomp set. Accordion solo!... Down at Casbah, the Anti-Monday League presents "Haunted Holiday" sets by the Nightmares , the Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra , and Cankles . The Satanic Puppeteers are Prof. B. Miller on all manner of electronica and his SPO-20 robot rocking the mike. Apparently their '07 debut is a four-CD box set. Check out their MySpace page for a taste of S.P.O.'s kitsch glitch.... Scolari's Office continues its Trivia Night . First and third Mondays, teams of five post a $5 buy-in and winners take all. Categories, you ask? The usual: "Name that Mustache, Simpsons Trivia, Name that Monophonic Ringtone, Things You Should Have Learned in High School."
The folk joke fell flat in 1999, when '90s novelty act Carnivorous Lunar Activity 's Steve Foth was murdered. But leave it to his band brothers Dennis Borlek and Sam Chammas to keep his memory alive. The remaining Lunars will rise over Casbah for their annual reunion gig. Royal Campaign also on the bill.... Supper club Anthology will host a benefit for victims of this year's wildfires called "Back to the Garden." The event features Cactus Twang, Eve Selis, Berkley Hart, Peter Boland, and Tim Flannery performing "a tribute to the music and era of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young."