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Thursday 17
Two nights of rant rock at the Ché as Worcester, Mass. punks Bane visit a deluge of “hahdco-ah” music on the UCSD room. Through ten years of relentless touring, the quintet has kept the early ’80s straight-edge punk aesthete alive and resisted the tumble into radio-ready power pop of contemporaries Saves the Day and Jimmy Eat World. The band’s touting their latest, last year’s Ten Years Plus, but check out 2005 crit pick The Note. Thursday night’s “Bane Part 1” features Outbreak, Trash Talk, Constrict, and More Than Words.... Free show with electronic experimentalists Aspects of Physics. The instrumental act reemerges at Bar Pink Elephant previewing the third in its three-part "Marginalized Information Forms" series. Set to drop in March, Other was recorded with a traditional full band, fleshing out the IDM guit loops and drone of parts one and two. AoP guitarist Rob Crow will spin a DJ set. Check out Rob’s “guest list” from last week’s Pitchfork for a peek at his collection (Shellac? The Osmonds?).... Punk-pop trio Vena Cava return home to headline a rock-solid locals-only bill at Casbah that includes Bloody Hollies, Nothingtons, and Modlins.... Beauty Bar books Seattle indie kids Army Navy who tout new e.p. Saints. They call it “happy hardcore.”... Oklahoma quartet Cross Canadian Ragweed and local faves the Farmers visit country rawk on Belly Up.... Anthology hosts a fire-relief gig featuring Tim Flannery, Bushwalla, Married by Elvis, Get Back Loretta, Carlos Olmeda, Molly Jenson, Alex Woodard, and Voices Of Prayze

Friday 18
Hit makers Martha Davis and the Motels (“Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer”) will preview material from upcoming disc Beautiful Life at Brick by Brick with guests TBA.... Night of stoner rock at Casbah as San Clemente’s Fu Manchu kicks off a national tour in support of new one We Must Obey. Likeminded locals It’s Casual and Get Your Death On open.... Mike Ness and the newest incarnation of his O.C. punk-pop industry Social D will hold forth at House of Blues for three nights Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday night the U.S. Bombs drop on the downtown room in support.... Lots of honorable mentions Friday night: Los Angelino psychobilly trio Tiger Army plays all-age Soma with Dear+Departed and Revolution Mother.... Dilated Peoples revisit early days of hip-hop at Belly Up. L.A. underground rapper LMNO (Leave My Name Out) opens.... Texas country boy Pat Green strums a set at 4th & B.... Local indies Circa Now and Science Fiction hit the Ken.... Acousticat Drew Andrews and his band pull into the Whistle Stop in South Park.... While over in North Park, Arm the Angels rocks Beauty Bar and Brown Sound muddies Pink Elephant.... And don’t forget “Bane Part 2” at the Ché, with Silent Drive, Outbreak, Trash Talk, and Teenage Kicks.

Saturday 19
You can take the boy out of Whiskeytown, but you can’t take Whiskeytown out of the boy. Alt-country singer-songwriter and all-around bad boy Ryan Adams and his Cardinals tour in support of their latest (and some rock crits say greatest), Easy Tiger. The songwriting and arrangements on Tiger revisit Adams’s country-centric past, but the talent of the Cardinals pushes playing and production to new heights. This show-of-the-week goes off at Spreckels Theatre. It’s been sold, so if yer interested, your broker’s got the book on this one, and there’s nothing under a hundred bucks.... Heavy rock rolls over Casbah with loud four-way Long and Short of It, Demasiado, Vitro, and Pen and Ink.... Down the street at Anthology is a benefit concert for jazzman Carl Evans Jr. Players include Charles McPherson, Brian Lynch, Gilbert Castellanos, and Nathan East.

Sunday 20
Gonna be a barn-burner at Casbah Sunday night when the Legendary Shack Shakersheadline sets by locals Whole Hog and Whiskey Dick. Nashville psychobilly bluesmen the Shack Shakers are touring in support of last year’s YepRoc disc Swampblood, a primer for country skrunk’s uninitiated. These harp-heavy violin jams are fun stuff.... Long Island five-piece This Is Hell keeps the punk rock coming at Ché Café this weekend. Their latest screamo collection Misfortunes, due out on Trust Kill Records, exhumes the speedy anthems of hardcore. They’ll split the UC San Dago bill with Toronto’s Cancer Bats, Triumph (no, not that Triumph), and Alpha & Omega.... Bay Area funk-n-soul outfit Tower of Power place their bets at Viejas. The ten-man horn-heavy act’s been kicking down their might’ve been jams for 40 years. Good onya ToP.... L.A. shoegazers The Start initiate Beauty Bar to their take on an early Cure vibe, fronted by the platinum vox of Aimee Echo.

Monday 21
Dwayne Carter, aka Lil Wayne, raps up House of Blues Monday night. The New Orleans rapper came to prominence with the Hot Boys in 1999 when they released Tha Block Is Hot. Wayne’s pimped his flow for a number of MCs and hip-hop crews with his "Carter" series, but this year will release his first solo studio effort, Carter III, due in February. Local up-and-comers the Dago Braves will toast the room in the opening slot. Could be the Braves put SD on the rap map this year with building interest in ’07 debut Native American Hustle.... Indie rock has a New Disease thanks to Daredevil Jane. Scratch your itch at Casbah’s Anti-Monday League meeting. Join Jane and openers Roses On Her Grave and Thieves & Liars for a night of classic rock-roll. CD release for Thieves, by the by.

Tuesday 22
M-Theory hosts a Casbah show by Lonely H, Shaky Hands, and the Rafter Band. Blues-fueled Lonely H hails from Port Angeles, Washington, and they drizzle indie rock vox over drag-strip Americana. Check their debut Hair out, like, now, and rethink Black Crowes. Portland band Shaky Hands could steal this one, howev., if their slacker samples hold up live. Local pop stalwart Rafter Roberts (Bunky) opens. Sleeper sets of the week?... Pop-rock satirist Todd Snider feeds his fan base at Belly Up Tuesday night. It’s Stones-meets-Dylan Seventies with punch lines. The Nashville native’s The Devil You Know (2006) is Snider’s Petty-esque tour-de-force, the studio disc spawning a live take and DVD by the same name. Check any or all of ’em out. The chops aren’t his, but they cut as deep. “And guests” open.... A band called Goatwhore opens for a band called Exodus at House of Blues. Heaven metal?

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