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Thursday 10
Up top, Oakland hip-hopper Del tha Funky Homosapien serves fresh cuts 11th Hour to Belly Up. The Hieroglyphics mainstay is cousin to Cube and at 17 was penning tunes for Ice and his Lynch Mob crew. At 19, Del’s single “Mistadobalina” got him signed to Elektra where he released hit discs I Wish My Brother George Was Here ('91) and No Need for Alarm ('93). Del hooked up with Gorrilaz for their multi-platinum debut in 2001. Check that disc’s hit “Clint Eastwood.” 11th Hour is the funky one’s first original collection in eight years. Expect a hot house with Bukue One and Serendipity Project in support. DJ Drez spinz round sets.... More hop t’be had at Casbah as local she-emcee MC Flow drops a CD release for Incredible, her first. Check her Space for samples of Flow’s flow. “Sounds like: a white girl rapping.” The Kneehighs, Bad Credit, and Jiggle It Bitch Hip Hop Burlesque set the Middletown stage.... The once-catchy Convoy crew brings their guitar blam and gouche glam schtick Louis IV to House of Blues. Their latest Atlantic disc is called Slick Dogs and Ponies, and despite limited promo, the quartet’s collection’s kicked a minor hit with lead single “Air Traffic Control.” This Casbah-sponsored bill features Transfer, the Prayers, and Los Do Bros.... Bar Punk Elephant hosts a CD release for Wild Weekend’s Munster Records debut single. The ladies resurrect Zeros/L.A. punk on seven-inch “Black and White” b/w “Don’t Push Me Around”.... On the down-low, L.A.’s best kept secret the Happy Hollows appear at Beauty Bar. Recommend checking the trio’s homemade e.p. Bunnies and Bombs and lead single “Monster Room” off upcoming full-length debut. The Hollows stole the show at Spaceland opening for Why? last month.

Friday 11
Canadian couple Dan Boekner (Wolf Parade) and author Alexei Perry are Handsome Furs. The duo signed to SubPop for '07’s Plague Park, steady beats and heady lyricism, eschewing Boekner’s tried-true quirk pop for something a little staid. Boekner’s melodicism and performance should be worth the Casbah bill. San Dagans Mr Tube and the Flying Objects (feat. Pall Jenkins) prop the pair round SoCal dates with big-band rhythmn-n-dub. Tobyn Clarke and the Tender Fairies in the Atari Lounge.... Jacksonville alt rockers Yellowcard kick down Paper Walls at House of Blues. The band’s latest Capitol release peaked at #13 on Billboard and features hit single “Light Up the Sky.” Have a look for digipak Live from Las Vegas for a prevue. Appetizers include the Spill Canvas, Play Radio Play, and Treaty of Paris.... San Fran psych-rock band Mother Hips settle down at Belly Up Friday and Saturday nights. The quartet is out to tout last year’s crit pick Kiss the Crystal Flake. Bay Area buds New Monsoon open Friday night, while Saturday books Jackie Greene and Mike Krum.... Out at the beach, Sick Puppies curl up at 'Canes. The Sydney trio last year released Dressed Up as a Life (Virgin) with hard-rock hit “My World”.... In the urbs, it’s Johaz’ soul music night at Pink Elephant with DJ Artistic and Science Fiction live.... Electronic waver Buddy Akai spills a CD release on Beauty Bar.... While Whistle Stop props a Pussy Galore DJs-n-dance joint with the Modlins and Bobby Fantasy live.

Saturday 12
London’s 'lectronicats Morcheeba tour hot property Dive Deep through 4th&B Saturday night. The Godfrey boys are known for chill techno beats and adding soft-rock vox to the Bristol sound — “Nick Drake produced by Wu-Tang’s RZA.” No telling who among the duo’s long list of guest vocalists will share the stage, but best bets on Jody Sternberg.... Soma stages power-pop sets by Panic at the Disco and Phantom Planet. Phantom Planet will drop their first post–Jason Schwartzman disc, Raise the Dead, on Tuesday.... Drop the kids off and go check out Dirty Old One Man Band Scott Biram at Casbah. The Austin-based artist country fries blues rock till it sizzles, like Bob Log w/out the affect. Hillstomp and Pushin Rope also on the bill.... Notable triple ticket up at the Zombie has locals Archons, Oaks, and Firethorn rawkin’ UniHeights.

Sunday 13
Harp master Charlie Musselwhite will blow down Belly Up Sunday night. Charlie’s shared studio and stage with everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Tom Waits, and last year the 64-year-old artist released standout collection Delta Hardware, for which he won Album of the Year, Song of the Year (“Church Is Out”), Traditional Blues Album of the Year, and Best Instrumentalist (Harmonica) at the 28th Annual Blues Awards.... English electronic act Meat Beat Manifesto last week dropped their eighth dance-club collection Autoimmune, which they’ll play through 'Canes.... Squeeky Scout Niblett’s touring the globe behind This Fool Can Die Now. The odd songstress stops at Ché Café.... L.A. indie kids Say Anything will preview The Day Is Mine at House of Blues.... “The greatest rock band in the world!” Uh-huh. Eddie Spaghetti and his Supersuckers will make “the walls melt with sweat” at Casbah.

Monday 14
Stay home. Watch baseball.

Tuesday 15
Prodigal son returns. Pearl Jammer Eddie Vedder hit the fan with his soundtrack takes for big flick Into the Wild. His track “Guaranteed” won a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture. He’ll hum it for ya at Spreckels Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Aussie singer/songwriter Liam Finn (his dad was in Crowded House!) opens.... Swing yer partner. Multiple Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel throw down a hoedown at Belly Up. The country big band’s latest, last year’s Kings of Texas Swing CD/DVD should be a good primer.... Mustachioed power trio Thieves and Liars lay their “Zeppelin-meets-Floyd” rawk on Casbah. Check Space hits from debut When Dreams Become Reality. With Ride the Boogie and the Casket Salesmen.

Wednesday 16
Almost out of words, so go see Cat Power at 4th&B.... You don’t dig the hipster chanteuse? In walking distance you got O.C. experimetalists Thrice at House of Blues and SDMA winners Grams propping a CD release at Anthology.... The Subhumans stomp Soma with classic UK hardcore.... Piano poppers Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears play Casbah.... Thin Man’s got Wednesdays at Tower. This week with guests the Sess.... And U-31 books local indie acts Writer and Drowning Men with Snow from L.A. Fine night to check out the newish NorPark venue.
Barnaby Monk

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