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Thursday 28
“Comedian’s comedian” Dave Atell delivers stand-up to House of Blues tonight. The Comedy Central mainstay saw the release of his first HBO special, Captain Miserable, in ‘07. Attell is best known for his Insomniac series on Comedy Central, in which the comedian roams city streets after hours. The New York comic calls his hit “Wild on E! for ugly people” and has taken his cameras worldwide.... At the entrance to the Gaslamp across from the convention center sits spanking new behemouth Hard Rock Hotel, which’ll kick off its season tonight with Toronto technos MSTRKRFT. The duo features Jesse Keeler of Death from Above 1979 and ‘lectronica studio cat Al-P rocking glitch-dance beats and remixes of clubby pop from Madonna to Bloc Party. Also in the Legends room: LA Riots, Shark Attack, Walter Meego, and the Fieldtrip Live Art Show.... Juiced up Jersey punks Electric Frankenstein haul the heavy metal to Casbah where they’ll hook up with L.A. garage punks A.D.H.D., out in support of Let It Burn — “Thin Lizzy meets Black Flag.” Dago pirate rockers Thee Corsairs open the sets.... Pop vox precisionists Tally Hall “do up” at Beauty Bar. The Ann Arbor quintet croons rock opera to rap opera. Kansas City’s “happy hardcore” act Bent Left shares the back-yard stage.... Out at the beach, Murs will rap at 'Canes...and Axl Roses on Her Grave rawk Winstons.

Friday 29
Danish duo Raveonettes kick off their Lust Lust Lust tour Friday night at Casbah. Fuzzy guitar squalls and Nico noir visit three decades of art rock. They’re on the road with kinetic kid punks Be Your Own Pet. The Nashville quartet will priemere sophomore disc Get Awkward, due to drop mid-March. That’s a good double bill, clubbies.... SoCal rapcore crews Kingspade and (hed)p.e. bring their Heavyhitters tour to 'Canes with special guests Subnoize Souljaz and DFrost.... Bar Pink Elephant books a spook-rock surf set by Hammond-organ-grindin’ Creepy Creeps.... Smooth rock-n-soul band Bankhead Press drop their Steely Dan vibe on Tower Bar. The Bankheads are touting a new s/t CD.... Alt-rock locals Scarlet Symphony serve up chops to Epicentre kids.... Get in th’ Pocket at Whistle Stop, where ex–Price of Dope acid jazzmen will lay down “booty-shakin’ grooves.”.... 4th & B hosts Reggae Winter Splash with dub house ditties by Sister Nancy, Elijah Emanuel & the Revelations, and “rockhouse artist” Rocka.... Beauty Bar will prop KPRI Homegrown, featuring indie mix Republic of Letters, Emery Byrd, and Astra Kelly & the 47s.

Saturday 1
Couple big gigs downtown as Portland’s Pavement ‘placements Blitzen Trapper lay out Wild Mountain Nation (SubPop), top of the debut heap last year, with its noisy mash of country-fried indie rock, nu-wave electronics, and post-punk temperament. Cue up some MySpace samples and book it! Solid Casbah bill with Seattle sons Grand Archives and Fleet Foxes.... Hard Rock Hotel signs in local Rolling Stoners Dirty Sweet, as they champion SDMA champion Of Monarchs and Beggars. Crawler faves the Sess open the sets with punk’d R&B. The local quartet’s going to drop debut full-length Agendumb mid-April. Keep yer eyes peeled for release date and gigs.... Outside of that: space rockers Earthless and 'cid kids Orange Sunshine take off at the Ken... Al Howard and his K23 joint light up Belly Up... and Java Joe books a room at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley to stage a songwriter showcase featuring a ton of bold type: Greg Page, Lisa Sanders, Christopher Dale, Barbara Nesbitt, Carlos Olmeda, Dave Howard, Berkley Hart, John Katchur, So Far So Good, Sven Eric Seaholm, Grass Gypsys, Royal Campaign, David Beldock, Ric Kastner, Jose Sinatra, C.J. Hutchins, Erica Davies, and Phil Harmonic. Sap starts drippin’ at 7p.

Sunday 2
Hey Man, Nice Shot... Cleveland industrial-rock jocks Filter sold out Casbah, sooo, that’s that.... Frank Sinatra Jr.’s going to jazz up Harrahs Rincon. The son of Ol’ Blue Eyes isn’t half bad, to tell you true. He did manage pop’s career and conducted the orchestra there at the end, osmoting a lot of the Chairman’s mojo. Check Sinatra Jr.’s '06 debut The Face.... Austin’s high-octane country-rock quartet the Mother Truckers pull in to Brick by Brick Sunday night. They’re set to drop Broke, Not Broken. Brick’s booked Sickstring Outlaws and Tornado Magnet in support.... Zombie Lounge imports Arizona psychobilly punks Stitch Hopeless & The Sea Legs. Rip-off Johnny, Los Otros, and the Howlin’ Jupiters open.... Swami’s Sunday Mass stages a 3p Sunday set with she-punks Wild Weekend at Bar Pink Elephant. You like the Zeros? They do.

Monday 3
Blog-world flavor-of-the-month A Place to Bury Strangers challenges cross-town traffic by booking Casbah and Beauty Bar on the same night. The Brooklyn trio is touring in support of their s/t debut — replace Jesus and Mary Chain’s paisley and patchouli with barbed wire and bar smoke. The Strangers play Casbah’s Anti-Monday League with Holy Fuck, Run Run Run, and El Ten Eleven. They’ll join My Best Fiend at Beauty Bar for free sets.... Nirvana beater Dave Grohl delivers his radio-ready Foo Fighters to Cox Arena for big rawk show of the week...y’know, if yer into big rawk shows.

Tuesday 4
Old pop soul Rufus Wainwright tripped into Berlin to record his fifth full-length Release the Stars — classicist sensibilities with a modern-pop mindset. The showman woos Belly Up Tuesday night.... NYC nu-soul act the Virgins are back in the states and tour their s/t debut through Casbah. L.A. wavers Killola and locals Vinyl Radio in support.... Zombie Lounge stages experimental rockers Secret Fun Club (ex–Some Girls), Chinese Stars, and BUMBKLATT.

Wednesday 5
Bar Pink Elephant imports Tel-Aviv punks Monotonix Wednesday night. The trio smacks of RTX’s blown guit '70s garage rock. Check Drag City e.p. Body Language for how many licks it takes.... UCSD’s Ché Café fills a bill of punk-pop for the student bawdy — the Atoms, Kill Me Tomorrow, and Chinese Stars.... Broadway Calls: Zombie Lounge...and Casbah corners quirk with Leslie and the Lys, Bunky, and Microphone Mic.
Barnaby Monk

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