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Thursday 7
Black Mountain casts its shadow over a crowded Casbah tonight. Leader Steven McBean is king of the hill with Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain Army, Canadian collectives celebrating ‘70s rawk. In the Future, this year’s Black Mountain follow-up to 2005’s hit disc Druganaut, with its Zeppelin bombast and psych-rock vocals, is an evolution for the band into darker frontiers (read: longer intros and outros), but carries over Druganaut’s acid appeal. Oakland jam band Howlin Rain blows through the room first.... Slash straps on his Velvet Revolver at House of Blues. Part G&R (Slash, Duff, and Matt) and part STP (singer Scott Weiland), this amalgamation’s garnered a Grammy (2005 hard-rock performance for “Slither”) and last year stood in for Van Halen at that supergroup’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance. Revolver’s on tour in support of their latest Libertad.... Uke virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will pluck and slide his island vibe for Anthology. Expect to hear everything from hula to heavy metal. On his '07 disc My Life, Shimabukuro reinterprets Beatles, Zeppelin, and “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”... Ontario reggae rockers Bedouin Soundclash, Boston ska tuffs Westbound Train, and English beat boys Beat Union turn the treble up at Belly Up tonight.

Friday 8
“Dr. Mad Vibe” Angelo Moore and his ska-punk outfit Fishbone surface at 'Canes Friday night. The 30-year-old act broke with the L.A. alt-rock scene that delivered Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction to the world. Through personnel blows, Moore kept the live act on the road, recording sporadically. The band’s latest is '06 collection Still Stuck in Your Throat, which was their first in six years. This year they’ll drop DVD Everyday Sunshine — A Fishbone Documentary. Dirty Heads, One Drop, and Concrete Project open.... Guitarist Marc Ford of Black Crowes fame pulls into Belly Up in support of Weary and Wired, a collection of '60s-inspired rock-n-soul. San Diego blues-rock jam band Deadline Friday share the bill, touting last year’s Days Gone.... Don your shiny shoes, as South American dance band Los Amigos Invisibles deliver Latin-flavored acid jazz to House of Blues. Sample Super Pop Venezuela for a taste. The Amigos will be joined by party band compatriots Si*Se (NYC) and bilingual pop singer Gustavo Alberto.... Local pop-rock quartet Transfer celebrates a CD release at Casbah with Apes of Wrath, Holy Rolling Empire, and Sea of Cortez.... John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes) has a new venture called Night Marchers. They’ll premiere material from punk’d rock-roll debut See You in Magic, “another handful of mind-blowing rat turds flung at the ‘scene.’” Catch the Marchers at Reis’s North Park office Bar Pink Elephant.... Friday-night sides: Down’s Family’s at the Ken with the Postals...Thieves and Liars gussy up at Beauty Bar with Casket Salesmen, INVERSE, and Merkaba Bandits...and funny lady Paula Poundstone will yuk up 4th&B.

Saturday 9
If you missed the Night Marchers’ punk parade at the Pink Elephant Friday night, catch up with 'em Saturday at Casbah, where the set includes R&B rave-ups the Sess and she-punks Wild Weekend. Palm Pilots at the ready, urbs, that’s a notable triple bill.... You better have at least “one good headlight” if you’re going to get to the Wallflowers this weekend. Bob’s son Jakob Dylan and his radio-ready pop group will be out at the casinos. Check 'em Saturday night at Viejas, Sunday at Pala.... Fright-rock looms at Ken Club Saturday where organ grinders Creepy Creeps are in cahoots with pirate punks Thee Corsairs to scare the dance off you.... Reggae nation, Bay Area Bobs Groundation present their Bob Marley tribute at Belly Up. DJ Carlos Culture in support.... The Zombie Lounge hosts gunslingin’ ghosts Dead as Dillinger as well as 7 Dirty Words, American Speedway, and Chivo.... And you can catch the “Underground Uprising” at 4th&B with dub dance crews Fiji and Bonafide, Kontiki, K2, and Island Irie, brah.

Sunday 10
Singer-songwriter Sunday, I guess, as Belly Up books Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller. The alt-country troubadour-slash-poster boy continues to tour behind '06 crit pick The Believer. Miller splits the Solana Beach bill with Matador recording artist Jennifer O’Connor, a Brooklyn-based indie chick who rehashes Phair-ville. Pretty kids; easy listenin’.... And James Blunt will croon his tunes in Spreckels’ fancy-pants room. Englishman Blunt’s enjoyed a rocket ride off his '04 debut Back to Bedlam and its hit single “You’re Beautiful.” This year he’s touring in support of new one All the Lost Souls. Sample single “1973” for Blunt’s folk-pop tendencies. His stuff might remind you of pre-disco Bee Gees, which isn’t a bad thing. Sara Bareilles opens.... Little Italy supper club Anthology presents San Diego’s flamenco bros. Novamenco.... Local goth experimentalists Operation Human Shield play Zombie.... And there’s a Sunday matinee set at Bar Pink Elephant by ambient ’gazers Roxy Jones. Goes off at 3p if you’re in the North Park neighborhood.

Monday 11
Anti-Monday League’s in session at Casbah, where locals Swim Party, Talkdemonic, a.m. vibe, and f.u.z.z. canvas for the indie-rock cause.... Mexican acoustic duet Rodrigo y Gabriela strum-n-thump Latin-tinged rock ballads at 4th&B. The pair is on a world tour touting last year’s Rubyworks s/t release.... San Diego’s electric-soul songsmiths Children of Nova get their glam on at Beauty Bar — lotta Hedwig; little Angry Inch. Indie punk-n-pop DJ Johnny Greenpoint (NYC) spins in support.

Tuesday 12
Chicagoland jam band Umphrey’s McGee delivers a carbo load to House of Blues Tuesday night. These festival vets are poised to take up the Phish mantle. Give an ear to last year’s stage set Live at the Murat for a whiff of Umphrey’s steaming noodles. Ipecac recording artists Dub Trio set the stage. The Brooklyn dub punks have one hot off the press, Another Sound Is Dying.... Country-fried combo the Terrible Twos roll out “Rockville”-era R.E.M. at a steady clip — sample the homespun wares off If You Ever See an Owl. The Lawrence, KS crew takes up a Tuesday at Bar Pink Elephant.... SD House Parties prop a pop three-way at Casbah as they host the Softlightes (R Fountainberry from Incredible Moses Leroy), People Noise, and the Lanterns. The Lanterns are Les Savy Fav...u...lous — check the no wave takes on last year’s SXSW tour e.p.... Acoustic affair, as folk progeny Sarah Lee Guthrie and sideman Johnny Irion play Belly Up. Gregory Page warms the crowd. Where’s Bluto when you need him?

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