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Thursday 3
Boston street punks Unseen slam Soma tonight. The 15-year-strong hardcore band hit Warped last year behind Internal Salvation, their eighth collection of metal-edged screamo. Post-fest, the quintet continues to carry the crunk ’round continental U.S. and Canada. Check 2000 collection Totally Unseen for a glimpse. Bedford, Mass, buds Wilhelm Scream trekking with ‘em.... Hang Love sez Philly power trio Burning Brides. The hard-rockers’ '07 release pulls Nor’west sludge into their East Coast garage grind. Alice in heavy metal Chains? The Brides’ Space site lists San Clemente cats Fu Manchu on the bill, but Casbah’s posting our own far-out freaks Earthless and Get Your Death On.... The “Inglewood Skater’s Dream” came true for rapper Pigeon John, who flies the L.A. coop for ‘Canes tonight. Hang on. No, he doesn’t. That one’s cancelled.... Uptowners (and soccer fans?), Beauty Bar’s booked a Brit-pop hatrick: May Fire (SF), Frantic Romantic, and the Fascination. Dandys fans, check May Fire fare — it’s “bohemian like you.”

Friday 4
Sirhan Sirhan thrashes through a couple CD release giggies this weekend. The local power trio is set to drop Anodyne debut Blood Friday night at Zombie Lounge with Prize Country and Get Your Death On and Saturday night at Pink Elephant with Prize Country.... Citizen Video posts a bill at the Whistle Stop with nu-wavers the Atoms and indie folks Vision of a Dying World — “A swirling night of cinema, bands, jumpin’ dance floor, and ripped boxers”.... Jumping beans! Latin lounge lizard Mario Escovedo (the Dragons) brings the MEX experience to Bar Pink Elephant. Doo-wop ditties with hot sauce.... The thes have it at Casbah’s “‘The’ Fest.” Put ‘em in yerself: Sess, Muslims, Prayers, Vision of a Dying World, Red Feathers, and Fantastic Magic, though I’ve never seen FantMag billed with a “the”.... Classic-rawk rooms: Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin) reanimates at Anthology.... NorCal metal men Y&T lay ‘em at Brick by Brick.... And Guess Who’s at Sycuan. You thinking...?

Saturday 5
Angelino indie kids the Little Ones crawl into Casbah for a play date with Syracuse, New Yawk rockestra Ra Ra Riot and Berkeley piano-poppers the Morning Benders. They’re all shilling demo e.p.s for the collection plate.... Pine Mountain Logs burn longer at Belly Up. The Venice Beach covers crazies will keep you guessing what’s next as they jam live mash-ups into your ear holes. Blondie-Police-TV themes... The Logs are popular So-Cal vo-cal act Venice rollin’ their influences out and you will dig it.... Guitar guy Big Head Todd and his Monsters slide their ridiculous name into House of Blues’ marquee. The Boulder band’ll give you All the Love You Need, their label-less latest collection of old-school frat rock.... Round the corner, 4th&B props R&B acts Loose Ends and Angela Winbush.... Get what you pay for, dammit! The Ché’s got five bands for five bucks. Here ya go: Watercolor Paintings, Paddle Boat, Clitorectomy (?!), the Mutilators, and Doctor Bird.

Sunday 6
I’ve seen all good people turn their heads each day, but especially Sunday, when '70s prog soprano Jon Andersen joins Paul Green’s School of Rock Allstars’ set at Anthology. Hear tell the School of Rock kids nail the Yes catalogue. Question is, can Mr. Andersen...? Royal nepatizzz. The King Brothers knight Pink Elephant. Shell Shag as well.... Minmae and Roxy Jones Chase Frank to Tower Bar.... Writer scripts a Zombie set, shares the stage with...some other music groups.

Monday 7
“C-U-La-Tour.” Industrial dance demons Ministry (“Jesus Built My Hotrod,” “Lieslieslies”) preach to '80s wavers at House of Blues. Main man Al Jourgensen has fronted the synth-rock krew for going on 30 years and is teasing retirement as the Chicagoland band tours behind '07’s The Last Sucker... Down the street, Hard Rock Hotel props a pulpit for San Diego Christian rockers P.O.D. The Grammy nu-metal nominees are out to tout new one When Angels & Serpents Dance, which is due to drop Tuesday. The title track is available for free download via iTunes if ya like.... Happy birthday, jazz master Freddie Hubbard. The trumpeter turns 70 tonight. Hubbard and his all-star combo hit Anthology.... Hollywood heavies White Wizzard cast a spell on Zombie Lounge. La Jolla thrash trio Unlimited Pineapple Club opens.... And Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet stages the Fascination and Frantic Romantic if you missed ‘em at Beauty Bar last week.

Tuesday 8
Philly’s ghettotech mix master Ramble John Krohn, aka RJD2, debuts XL disc The Third Hand at Casbah. RJ shares the bill with Jersey trip-hoppin’ tourmates (and Dr. Who fans) dälek, who last month premiered Ipecac collection Abandoned Language at SXSW. One-man indie band Happy Chichester opens the Tuesday triple-header. He wants you to know that Lovers Come Back is now available at Target.

Wednesday 9
Belly Up’s cornered the market on X — John Doe, Exene, Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebreak. The L.A. punkabilly pioneers Make the Music Go Bang! But you knew that. Aussie garage-rockers the Skybombers drop an opening set.... Raleigh, NC’s Birds of Avalon fly in to Bar Punk Elephant. The quintet delivers new Volcom e.p. Outer Upper Inner.... Mike Peters of '80s pop-rock politicos the Alarm rocks the Casbah.... Mexi ‘lectronicats Moenia appear downtown at House of Blues.... Wednesdays at Tower belong to local dance-rock dudes Thin Man. This week they’ll share the stage with the poppier Prayers. DJ Mario O. spins round sets.
Barnaby Monk

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