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Thursday 14
Sixties surf cats the Tornadoes blow into Belly Up tonight. On and off for the past 48 years, the quartet's been slinging it live and "Bustin' Surfboards" — their seminal hit from 1962. The Surf Music Hall-of-Famers toured with the Beach Boys, recorded with Zappa, and colored in the platinum Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Traveling band Never So Few has settled in Rancho Santa Fe. Never heard of them, but they headline.... More throwbacks? How about "Aqualung" Jethro Tull? Ian Anderson rocks his, uh, flute at Harrah's...and covers crooner Joe Cocker gets a little help from his friends at Humphrey's.... Night of norteño at Bar Pink with Julian Briano y Sus Hermanos. The TJ quartet split a Vinyl Communications 7" with RFTC in 1998. You got that one?.... Dance Till Dawn when Bellingham, WA, psych-surf quartet the All Nighters dial it in at Radio Room (formerly Zombie Lounge). Give a listen to their KCR in-studio today at 4p for a preview.... Calico Horse turns its Mirror on a Casbah crowd. The Banter Records debut smacks of half-baked Cat Power with Edith Frosting. That's kind of a compliment, as are odd-pop acts Swim Party and Colorstore (Phx), which open the sets.... Product placement: the Cricket's got your ticket for the 91X and Monster Drink Vans Warped Tour '08 today, staging power-pop acts Rise Against, Angels & Airwaves, Against Me, etcet etcet.

Friday 15
Gig to get to Friday night is Xiu Xiu and Fantastic Magic, which turn tricks at Casbah. Xiu Xiu (shoe-shoe) is a Bay Area band touring behind their eighth studio release, Women as Lovers. The trio plays spare, experimental pop, and frontman Jamie Stewart pens poetic, sexually tense tunes. Check their Space page before ordering; the Xius are an acquired taste. Fantastic Magic is a local trio that plays baroque (ba-roke) folk. Again, get to their Space page. Carla Bozulich opens.... Ché Café releases the gnomes. This year's Gnomes Gone Wild Fest starts tonight with Japandi, Mister Valentine (reunion show), Alexander T. Kent, Snuffaluffagus, and Census. Saturday night's the night, though, with Weatherbox, the Lanterns, BoomSnake, Crooks, and Fever Sleeves.... La Habra nu-punk quintet Zebrahead gallops into House of Blues previewing Phoenix. The boys are on a tour of the world through the end of the year. Homegrown ska-punks Buck-O-Nine set the downtown stage.... Critical Me and One Big Lie alt-rock O'Connell's.... And if you're North Parking, lots to choose, with throwback busker Diablo Dimes at Bar Pink.... Power-poppers Apes of Wrath at the Ken.... Folkies Blackout Party and GrampaDrew make a Whistle Stop stop.... And alt-rockers Scribe Amidst the Lions check in at Radio Room.

Saturday 16
Hermosa Beach hardcores the Circle Jerks must dig the pit at House of Blues, cuz they're baaa-ack. Keith and krew are "currently assembling a record and deal," their seventh in 30 years (skate slackers). In the mean, check out '05's Live at the House of Blues CD/DVD. It's like a "best of" and it's got the Jerks doing what they do, straight up mosh-makers.... Ilya's at Casbah Saturday night. Ain't seen or heard the local ambients, but Mendoza calls the quartet "one of the essential bands" this decade. Emery Bird and the Crocodiles set the stage.... Else: Modlins pop-rock the Radio Room.... Beauty Bar books boogie bands Spindrift and Jamuel Saxon.... And Inglewood gangsta rapper Mack 10 hits 4th&B.

Sunday 17
The Dutchess and the Duke grace the Bar Pink stage Sunday night behind Hardly Art debut She's the Dutchess, He's the Duke, a collection of "wimpy folk tunes," according to the duo of Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz, both punk-rock vets from the Seattle scene. Tennessee troubadour James Jackson Toth headlines.... House party! Two shows at House of Blues Sunday features "Lost '80s" groups Dramarama, Gene Loves Jezebel, When in Rome, and Real Life on the main stage and Matt Pryor and Chris Conley upstairs.... Brooklyn experimental trio the Zs book a twofer at Radio Room Sunday and Monday nights. Thin Man and the Crocodiles in support Sunday, Upsilon Acrux and Secret Fun Club on Monday.... Austin bluesman Seth Walker sits in at Anthology.... While rockabilly boys the Stilettos strut into Beauty Bar.

Monday 18
Anti-Monday meet-up at Casbah bills a CD-release for War Stories, with Desert Diamonds, the Displaced, and Howls.... Here's a cause that'll make you pause: "Heat Is On" at Belly Up when local firefighters don the tap shoes and hit the boards with the folks from Tap Fever Studios. Proceeds to SD Fire and Rescue.... More heat at Humphrey's with them French flamencos the Gipsy Kings.

Tuesday 19
Hear "the low spark of high-heeled boys" when Steve Winwood steps onto Humphrey's stage Tuesday night. After Traffic, the British multi-instrumentalist/singer kicked off a solo career that's in its 30th year. Winwood is out to tout his latest, Nine Lives.... Edwin McCain pays a visit to House of Blues behind Nobody's Fault but Mine, a new collection that finds the alt-rocker getting all singer/ songwriterly.... Local indie kids Wendy Darling do a CD-release thing at Casbah. With the Fascination and the Predicates.... Chasers nabs El Paso pop group the Royalty as they tour their s/t debut. The Shake Up and Minor Keys share the bill.

Wednesday 20
Jazz-n-pop man Steve Tyrell gets Back to Bacharach when he opens four nights at Anthology Wednesday night. Dude was on the "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" sessions.... Franklin Lounge, Chris Torres, and Sky Held Sun shine on Belly Up. Franklin Lounge boasts that they play both country AND western. They also do bluegrass covers of Prince and Lionel Richie. Uh-huh.... Metal mayhem at Casbah with the Saviours, Archons, and Hostile Combover. Check the Space takes from Saviours' Into Abaddon — "raw animal lust".... Disco diva Donna Summer leaves the cake out in the rain at MacArthur Park...make that Viejas Concerts in the Park.

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