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Thursday 20

Bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls) brings punk pulse to Mad Juana 's gypsy-folk with heavy-handed guitar play. Dark chanteuse Karmen Guy's voodoo voice and their eight-piece orkestar drag a mash of Eastern European tradition -- Balkan beats, flamenco rhythms -- through NYC '70s protopunk. Imagine if the Velvets had come up in the dark-arts Bayou instead of Warhol's silk-screened factory. Check out Juana's '06 disc Acoustic Voodoo ; it isn't Beirut's indie-isms or Dresden Dolls cabaret, this is rollicking trad fare. Mad Juana sets up their "Gypsy Hotel" at Bar Pink Elephant. Recommend you check in early as they should sell the modest North Park room.... Psych-folkies Fantastic Magic will follow the Citizen Video short-films fest at Whistle Stop. Grab a copy of the Fantastic's Witch Choir and hop on the up-and-coming trio's broken carousel.... Get Back Loretta gets back to Beauty Bar. The 2007 SDMA winners (Best Pop Album for debut Over the Wall ) play poprock 'n' blues stomps with bouncing piano and hooky vocals. Customers who bought this item also bought Dr. Dog, Spoon . The Lorettas share the back-yard stage with Crash Encore and Jupiter .... SD's other Beatles-named band Reeve Oliver bring power pop to Casbah. Their latest, Touchtone Inferno , now available 'lectronically via iTunes. Satisfaction and Say Vinyl also on the bill.... Folk-rockers Venice send up vocal harmonies and acoustic strum-alongs at Belly Up with like-minded Michael Tiernan .

Friday 21

Heeeey! Papa's got a brand new bag! Hearing good-to-great things about James Brown tribute Supabad , who bring the godfather's funk to Winstons Friday night. The dozen-plus players feature San Diego luminaries Elijah Emanuel, Latanya Locket, Jose Sinatra, and Alley Stewart.... Funk-n-jazz act Greyboy Allstars (feat. Karl Denson) are touring new SCI Fidelity disc What Happened to Television? through Belly Up before taking it national. African drum show Leon Mobley and Da Lion open.... Gone but not forgotten. The Count Basie Orchestra settles in at Anthology for a three-night stint through Sunday. If there's an old-school jazz-n-blues lover on your Christmas list, can't beat the Hall of Famers' 17 Grammys.... Rolling Stoners Dirty Sweet will deliver their groomed stage show to Casbah Friday and Saturday nights. The rock-roll throwbacks won two SDMAs this year for Best Rock Band and Best Rock Album, Of Monarchs and Beggars . Catch 'em with dance-rock dudes the Prayers and Astra Friday night and Year Long Disaster and Desert Diamonds on Saturday. Saturday 22 It's a very punky Christmas ...San Dago's hardcore heroes Shot Out Hoods bring the blam to Brick by Brick Saturday night. The straight-edge punk quintet resurrect for "Christmas Special" sets, including F'ing, Unloaded, and Authentic Sellout .... Placentia rapcore band Kottonmouth Kings floats Cloud Nine (their ninth) over House of Blues. The Kings split the bill with Subnoize Souljaz and OPM .... And Zombie Lounge harbors North County's Hillstreet Stranglers , Vlad and the Impalers, Deadites Revenge, and the Experiments .... Prefer your punk rock country-fried? Scottie Blinn and his Mississippi Mudsharks slither into PB mainstay Tiki House for holiday sets. Blinn used to hoist his big ol' hollowbody while chompin' a fat stogie -- and he sang around that thang. Also played in a band with cartoonist Mike Judge, once upon a time. Ask him about it. Stories are entertaining, if a bit base (fans can imagine).... Cash'd Out get the Man in Black down pat at Belly Up with rockabilly rabble-rousers the Deere Johns .

Sunday 23

Casbah and 94/9 host "Holiday Hoedown" Sunday night. Off on Monday? Git yer giddy up with Starcrossed , the Strangers Six, Buzz Campbell, and Hot Rod Lincoln . This is a free show with comp'd food provided by Betty's Mexican. Live music starts at 8p.... Belly Up presents "Christmas Eve Eve" with the Dave Matthews Band Experience (aka Stepping Feet ). The Feet offer all your fave DMB tunes done true. They'll be joined by local prog rockers Stripes and Lines as the BUp crew judge their annual "Ugly Sweater Contest."... Citizen Video will screen holiday classic A Christmas Carol at Whistle Stop for all you Scrooge droogies.... And a reminder: it's the last night to catch the Basie Orchestra at Anthology.

Monday 24

Ho ho hold on, you thought bookings would be thin Xmas Eve... You forgot about Casbah's annual Exile on Kettner send-up. Some of your favorite local garage-rock guys get their Stones on for this yearly trib to the bad-boy Brits, as Los Maricones de Rock cover the Rolling Stones all night. Think you can stump 'em, bring it!... Cross town at Tower Bar, Ladie Dottie and the Diamonds aren't takin' the night off, either. The old-school jazz-n-blues combo will rock their regular Monday-night post.... And Winstons in O.B. will prop the Dead Poets Society for a night of open mic'd spoken word. Sign up early, grab a PBR, and free your verse, brah!

Tuesday 25

Bubkes for Christmas.

Wednesday 26

Buckfast Superbee, Spell Toronto, and First Wave Hello will trade '90s-flavored alterna-rock sets on the Casbah stage Wednesday night. Superbee reemerged this year with their second full-length, an s/t affair that trades the skronk of 2001 debut You Know How the Song Goes for a more pop-conscious collection. Toronto's Be More Careful available via iTunes. First Wave spills new wave keys into indie rock for something a little more experimental. Solid sets for your holiday hangover.... Post-punk trio Building Better Monsters thrash guit, bass, and drums at Zombie Lounge. Order up "Mediocre Burrito." The Monsters split the bill with a band calling themselves -- no joke -- the Beatles .

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