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Thursday 13
SoCal troubadour big Jake Smith, aka the White Buffalo, roams into Casbah tonight. The singer/songwriter travels with a trio to flesh his alt-country blues, reminiscent of Waylon Jennings and acoustic Dylan with Smith’s singular vocal style. Sample The White Buffalo E.P., esp. “Love Song #1” for a tall pour. P.B.’s acoustic roots rockers Carbine will warm the Middletown stage.... Couple more folkie sets across town at Ken Club, where local quartet River City flows demos down Adams Ave. Melodious Old Man Hands split the bill. Check the Simon & Garfunkel vibe off Old Man’s debut Under the Weight of Night.... Reggae’s dub doctor Mad Professor crossed over to Motown and Massive Attack in the ‘90s. The London mixmaster behind the Dub Me Crazy series brings his board to Belly Up, where he’ll hook up with San Diego reggae rootsman Elijah Emmanuel.... Kid club Soma books kid rockers Angels & Airwaves, feat. former blink frontman Tom DeLonge. Word is last year’s Airwaves disc I-Empire will get film treatment. Meg & Dia, the Color Fred, and Ace Enders open.

Friday 14
Kawabata Makoto delivers Japanese collective Acid Mothers Temple/Melting Paraiso U.F.O. to Ché Café. Guitarist Makoto and A.M.T. are best known for sonic squall and psych-rock bliss-outs, where volume and ferocity meld to ambient melody. Stick yer head into Recurring Dream and Apocalypse of Darkness samples, due to drop April 8. Portland prog rockestra Danava split the bill.... Blues middlemen Tommy Castro (SF) and Bill Magee (SD) throw down at Belly Up Friday night. The guitarist/singers play fat Strats in the Chicagoland style, so put on your dancing shoes. Castro’s out to tout his latest, Painkiller.... ‘Nother kind of stomp going on at Zombie Lounge, as the UniHeights hot spot props rockabilly, staging honky-tonk heavy hitters the Palominos, Psycho DeVilles, and the Handsome Devils.... Downtown at 4th&B, Bay Area boy-ee Too Short (aka Too $hort) rocks the mic with West Coast rap. The “undisputed Godfather of Bay Area hip-hop” is shilling spanking-new disc Get Off the Stage. Oakland homies Keak da Sneak and Tash (tha Alkaholiks) on the bill.... For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, Brooklyn R&B chanteuse Alice Smith strides into Casbah. Hooky tunes, and the lady’s got pipes — an edgier Macy Gray.... End of the Hits CD release for piano-pop act bill at Whistle Stop. Ex–No Knifer Ryan Ferguson opens and DJ Robin Roth spins a Pussy Galore joint round the sets.... In the ‘hood: Spell Toronto, the Megas (Megaman cover band), Sub Rosa, and Causeway alt-rock the Beauty Bar... Roman Spring, Airlines, and Secret Apollo launch at Ken Club... And Baja Bugs cover the Beatles with guac and hot sauce at Bar Pink Elephant.

Saturday 15
Second course of Japanese noise rock this weekend as Osaka experimentalists the Boredoms hit the beach at ‘Canes. The avant artists — on 7/7/07 the band performed under Brooklyn Bridge with 77 drummers — have been dubbed “Pacific Rim’s answer to Sonic Youth.” Have a look-listen at last year’s CD/DVD Live at Sunflancisco to see why. Human Bell in support.... American noiseniks Explosions in the Sky rain down on Soma. Explosions is touring behind last year’s All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, which explains why the Austin quartet’s going round the globe. Along their world travels, the band will be curating this year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK. Have a look at the bill they’ve built for the May music fest: explosionsinthesky.com.... Ché stages local indie kids the Lanterns, who will be off on a Left Coast swing this month. Check the post-core quartet’s e.p. samples and expect big things from ‘em this year. With Day Sleeper and Scarlet Symphony.... Doors man Robby Krieger joins L.A. jam band Particle at House of Blues.... O.C. reggae rockers Common Sense hit Belly Up with L.A.’s “world beatniks” the Bone Daddys.... And Dirty DJ Tony Sua spins sins at Pink Elephant.

Sunday 16
Reggaeton continues at Belly Up this weekend with spiritual St. Croix rastas Midnite, who’ll be joined by O.B. jahmen Vegitation. DJ Carlos Culture spins between sets.... Tower Bar’s calendar posts “the Rafter” Sunday night. Sex Death...Music for Total Chickens? Your guess is as good as mine. Give ‘em a call.... “Knit it! Knit it good!” at Whistle Stop’s knitting fest. DJs spin be-bop cookers to crochet by.

Monday 17
St. Paddy’s day sets: you’ve got Irish punks and Latin drunks at Casbah — Downs Family and the Mario Escovedo Experience aka MEX.... Americana man Shawn Mullins pulls out the roots at Belly Up. The acoustic cat just premiered his latest Vanguard disc, Honeydew, at SXSW. Mullins will be joined by country-soul singer Pieta Brown. The Iowa flower’s out behind last year’s collection Remember the Sun.... Whistle Stop’s calling it St. Punkrock’s Day, as punk-rock DJs spin Brit spit.... And Lady Dottie and the Diamonds will hold their Monday post at Tower Bar.

Tuesday 18
Brooklyn band Nada Surf, popular for ‘90s anthem “Popular,” hit their stride when Cars frontman/producer Ric Ocasek took ‘em in studio. Since that ‘90s run, the trio has had more misses than hits. Enter Deathcab driver Chris Walla, who joined the Barsuk indie artists for 2005’s The Weight Is a Gift, a change in sound and sensibility for Nada songsmith Matthew Caws. Caws and crew dropped crit-hit Lucky last month under the guidance of another golden-boy producer, John Goodmanson, suggesting there may be more behind the board than in front. Judge for yourself when the producers’ pop project plays a Casbah-sponsored set at House of Blues. L.A. gazers Sea Wolf (yes, another “wolf” band) warm the crowd.... A couple Pitchfork-praised Canadian indie acts — Pitchfork loves Canucks — Born Ruffians (an “anti-power trio”) and Cadence Weapon (“hip-hop bricolage”) hit Casbah post-SXSW. Catch ‘em ‘fore they fly north.... Belly Up will screen über jam band the String Cheese Incident’s Hi-Def Live at Red Rocks flick.

Wednesday 19
Flavor-of-the month Vampire Weekend tour their highly touted s/t debut, a collection of Afro-pop à la Paul Simon, through Casbah. The natty NYC youngsters do the Strokes clean, and your girlfriend loooves them. Portland nu-wavers Yacht and SanDago’s odd-pop act the Rafter Band will set the stage.... Nature boy Bon Iver is out of the woods at Ché Café. Check For Emma, Forever Ago samples. The acoustic songsmith’s voice will freak...you...out — Iron and Wine for love-lorn zombies. With Phosphorescent and the Paddle Boat.... Fresh from SXSW, Birdmonster lands at new North Park night nest U-31. The rising SanFran rock band will preview material from a sophmore disc due to drop this summer.
Barnaby Monk

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