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Thursday 24
All aboard the Express Kundalini! Bahaus boys Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins reconvene ‘80s goth-rock trio Love & Rockets. Though L&R haven’t recorded or toured since 1998’s Lift, they have reunited with bat-man Peter Murphy as Bauhaus to record this year’s Go Away White album, their first original collection in 25 years, and play select live sets — the players are faves on the rock-fest circuit. They’ll play a one-off at 'Canes tonight before trekking out to Coachella for the weekend.... Balladeer Richard Marx brings down-tempo adult contempo to Anthology tonight as the Chicago native kicks off a Left Coast tour. Nothing new in the singer/songwriter’s catalogue since 2004’s My Own Best Enemy, while 1989’s Repeat Offender (“Satisfied,” “Right Here Waiting”) remains the troubadour’s high-water mark. Cred: he’s worked with Fee Waybill. What? That’s something.... They’ll be raising the Dead at Belly Up tonight when Dark Star Orchestra takes the Solana Beach stage. The Chicagoland jam band is cosmically recognized as the next best thing.... According to blogsandiego, artsy chanteuse Mia Doi Todd tours her latest folktronic collection, Gia, through town. The blog’s “SD Shows” list has her booked uptown at the San Diego Women’s Club.... Hard-rocking Firethorn drops a CD release on Casbah with Someday Assassin, Laserwolf, and Thunderbolt in support.... Punk rawk trio Bermondsey Joyriders crash into Zombie.

Friday 25
Ladies and Gentleman, We Are Floating in Space. Jason (Spaceman 1) Pierce brings his born-again (and again) Brit band Spiritualized to 4th&B Friday night. The ambient noiseniks will preview Songs in A&E, their first original disc in five years, due to drop next month.... Pure-pop Euro-trashers the Teenagers are giving the world a Reality Check. The trio stops in at Casbah, where local electronicats Buddy Akai set the Middletown stage. Check Akai’s nu-wave raves on debut e.p. Cut Me Up.... Home again, Hot Club of Cowtown bring Western swing to Acoustic Music San Diego. Remember the trio busking in Balboa Park? The Austin-based band is reportedly set to drop their first original collection since 2002’s Ghost Train. Check live takes on Continental Stomp for the retros’ show.... What’s on third? B-Side’ll bring the bounce to Belly Up.... B-3 organ donors Creepy Creeps haunt Pink Elephant.... And Whistle Stop stages Genius of Soul and Joel Packer, “Two great local jazz and soul groove bands,” according to the club’s site.

Saturday 26
The Black Crowes are getting a bucketload of press for their latest, Warpaint, which, at #5 on Billboard, we can call a certifiable comebacker for the vets. The joint rocks, no doubt, but you either love or hate Chris Robinson’s voice — Rod the Bod singing Southern rock. Still ‘n’ all, have to recommend this one at Harrahs.... And this one at Casbah: Night Marchers (John Reis), the Muslims, and the Nightmares. LOUD LOCALS NIGHT!... The Cricket’s dug something up. The venue’s first big bill under its new marquee goes like this: REO Speedwagon, Styx, and, uh-huh, Def Leppard. You just know there’s gonna be a run on sneak-a-tokes this week.... Chapeau’d maestro Leon Redbone appears at Anthology Saturday night. The 60-year-old singer/guitarist still cuts some rug, Tin Pan Alley–style. Check ‘05’s Live from Paris 1992 re-masters. V. cool.... Boulder’s bluegrass jam band Yonder Mountain String Band will be o’er yonder at Belly Up.... Baltimore ‘lectronicat Dan Deacon swings Spiderman of the Rings through Ché.... U-31’s shilling an ‘80s night with Smiths tribbers Still Ill live.

Sunday 27
Singy-songsmithies Matt Curreri and his Ex-friends, brother Paul, and Gregory Page hold forth at Casbah Sunday night. “The Curreris are a musical family, much like the Jacksons or the Osmonds.” Mm-hm.

Monday 28
Girl groups! Kim and Kelley Deal are Breeders. The twin sibs have got a new disc, Mountain Battles, that no amount of hype can save from its experimental flops — Kim butchers a few foreign tongues on this one. Blender: “The ‘90s alt-rock heroes get way mellow, stay way weird.” First track cooks, but go to the show for the goldy oldies. They play ‘Canes with Colour Revolt.... 4th&B books U.K. club-rock diva M.I.A. The beats queen raps politik — her dad was a Sri Lankan activist — in ragga, electronica, Jamaican dancehall, and disco. She’s out to tout last year’s crit-pick Kala.... Remember the “San Diego sound?” Get a refresher at Casbah with fLUF and Buckfast Superbee. Brit alt-rockers Mexicolas headline. Same hushed-to-heavy sound, difft’ accent.... Something other? Check in at Whistle Stop’s Debaser night, where your grown-up friends’ll read their teenage journals at the mic. A bar fave.

Tuesday 29
Social D dude Mike Ness brings his solo show to Belly Up Tuesday night. Though Social D are known to flavor punk takes with country cool, Ness bares his country soul on his owny-o. Cheating at Solitaire is a primo primer of the rocker’s roots. Always entertaining psychobilly bad boys the Guana Batz in support.... The Rotten American Pie tour hits Casbah in the face, featuring KC’s Dance Crew rapper Mac Lethal, who wants you to know Men Are from Mars, Pornstars Are from Earth. Grieves, Approach, and Silentarmy open. DJ Sku spins round sets.

Wednesday 30
Belly Up books a Neighborhood Watch showcase with local indie kids Get Back Loretta, No Knifer Ryan Ferguson, and ‘70s sing-song throwback Chris Torres.... You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into if you check the dance bill at Casbah Wednesday night, where UK dance-rock dainties Does It Offend You, Yeah? will prop that fresh collection. Pitchfork kicked it with a 2.3 — uh, Daft Junk? Tampa bay twosome Yo Majesty! headline.... Canadian coquette Avril Lavigne brings her Best Damn Tour to Cox Arena Wednesday night. Drop the daughter and head west, where the Atoms punk Pink Elephant.... Thin Man and Tender Buttons light up at Tower.... And Modern Day Moonshine cooks country skrunk at U-31. Get their debut Same Old Fight in yer carousel, yo.
Barnaby Monk

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