Sunny Day realtor Jeremy Enigk has a showing at Casbah tonight. The 34-year-old Seattleite is considered one of the progenitors of today's emo sound from the heart-on-sleeve, hand-wringing rock of his former band and his faux-Brit falsetto. Since going solo in 2000, the singer/guitarist has label-hopped through four studio releases, eventually creating his own joint, Lewis Hollow Records, for '06's World Waits. Indeed. Recommend sampling solo debut Return of the Frog Queen for a taste of Enigk's strengths and weak-kneeses. Our own frog queen Anya Marina sets the stage.... For over 45 years, Jamaican big band Toots and the Maytals have been recording and rolling the globe behind their blend of roots reggae and ska, gospel, R&B, and rock. Fred "Toots" Hibbert formed the band in Kingston in 1962, and after years of critical praise and cult love won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, True Love, in 2005. The Maytals roll into House of Blues behind last summer's Light Your Light, which also received a Grammy nod.... Speaking of Grammys, nine-time winner Sheryl Crow alights at Valley View Casino. The pop star's latest A&M monster is called Detours, a collection with a political bent, suggesting the 46-year-old has got beyond All I wanna do is have some fun. English troubadour James Blunt's on the bill.... Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. 'Sconny roots-rock band The BoDeans paddle out to Wave House. The songwriting partnership of Neumann and Llanas penned a slew of hits in the '80s. How many can you name? They're back with a new disc, Still, and will play a Mission Beach–side set tonight. Stripes and Lines open... Etceteras: North Park posts pop-rock bands Hotel St. George and El Ten Eleven landing at Bar Pink...the Long and Short of It at Radio Room...and the Reverse Cowboys riding out to Chasers. Hee-yaw?
One of this year's Four O'Clock Fridays highlights is this week's freebie, when big Pixie Frank Black plays the paddock at Del Mar Racetrack. After a debatably successful re-up with his former band in '04-'05 (how'd it affect your Pixie cred report?), Black went back to the business of deconstructing American roots music with alt-rock tunings. The prolific artist is out to tout his 17th studio collection in 15 years, Svn Fngrs. But check out 93-03 if you need a comprehensive catch-up.... Afterward, road-rage it back into town, where Canadian collective Broken Social Scene will take down House of Blues. BSS exploded in 2002 with the release of eponymous Arts & Crafts disc You Forgot It in People. The shambling, catchy collection holds up brilliantly, and far outshines anything they did before or since, and they're all recommendable records. Note it: this supergroup kills live. Portland trio Menomena sets the stage with their own brand of odd pop.... If the big room sells out, don't kick yourself too hard, Sondre Lerche is playing upstairs in the Voodoo Room. Lerche is a laidback, "Bright Eye'd" indie kid from Norway who knows his way 'round a song. At 25, he's already got five Astralwerks discs. Check out '04's Faces Down for his high-water mark or the soundtrack to Hollywood flop Dan in Real Life for a compendium of the kid's hits.... Hillgrass Bluebilly presents desert Doo-Ragger Bob Log III over on Kettner playing Casbah sets with Scott H. Biram and Left Lane Cruiser. Don't miss one-man band Pant Hoots in the Atari Lounge.... Or try the sliders: Red Ponys at Bar Pink...the Donkeys and Sarees (SF) at Whistle Stop...Tiger Sharks circle O'Connells in Bay Park...Braaiins! (no kidding) and deepsea good (L.A.) at Ken...Under the Influence of Giants at Beauty Bar...Chasers catch the Mice...and from Italy, Ponches dial in Radio Room. Capeche?
Big gig downtown Saturday night is the SoCo Music thing featuring headliners Black Keys and undergarments Kinky, Common, Saul Williams, Grand Ole Party, etcet etcet. The Petco Park event is f.o.c., but there's a suggested $5 donation to benefit the San Diego Music Foundation.... Casbah stages circa '60s rock-roll with Beachwood Sparks and the Tyde, both psych-pop bands describe blown-out Byrds and overlap with bassist, instigator Brent Rademaker. Been a while for either of the on-again, off-again acts, and who knows how long after this, sooooo... Also downtown, you got Guyana-born, London-living, rock-n-ragga hitman Eddie Grant at House of Blues. You had to know with the props to Grant's "Electric Avenue" in new hit flick Pineapple Express that dude was gonna resurface. Where's he been? Producing records for some other English singers — Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, Sting.... Round town ya got border boppers Mex and country skrunks the Deere Johns at Bar Pink...pop-rock group Vocoder at the Ken...and Long Beach rockabillies the Ziggens at O'Connells.... Seattle swing band the Raggedy Anns play at campus club Ché Café with Monsters from Mars, Da Bears, and James Rabbit.... While Cash'd Out get their Johnny on at Belly Up. Openers Hell on Heels Burlesque will show you "how the girl next door undresses."
El Vez for prez. L.A. performance artist Robert Lopez and running mates Lovely Elvettes and the Memphis Mariachis make a campaign stop at Casbah Sunday night. It's greezy rock with hot sauce. With the likeminded Mex in support.... Sunday afternoon, Bar Pink's Swami Mass has Seattle bar-rock band Sunday Night Blackout preaching to the choir.... While over at Whistle Stop, Citizen Vid screens kinda cult classic Drugstore Cowboy, with the pink flamingo, the karate kid, and William S. Burroughs. Afterward, Mario's Skull Kontrol krew, aka the Creep-a-Roos, spin a "quiet set."
Pop-rock middleman Matthew Sweet drops in on Belly Up Monday night. The Nebraskan set out for Athens, GA, in the early '80s to make the scene down south and found himself in the Stipe family graces, recording with brother Michael and sister Lydia as the Uh-OK. Sweet broke on his own in 1991 with the release of hit disc Girlfriend, long considered a must-have classic from the era. The single still holds water. The singer/songwriter's got a spanking-new Shout! Factory record called Sunshine Lies, due to drop Tuesday — like, tomorrow. That's a good Monday-night gig.... But there's also Pressure in the S.O.D.O. with Seattle garage guys the Boss Martians, who land at Bar Pink...and M-Theory joins the Anti-Monday team at Casbah, booking local nu-wave dance band Buddy Akai, Seattle's indie electronicats Head Like a Kite, and novelty act the Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra.