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Thursday 20
Rap chameleon Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon, Dr Dooom, ’mong others) brings the flow to Casbah tonight. The Bronx-born Cali transplant has been dubbed “underground” due to his anti-industry stream-of-consciousness rap rants against mainstream hip-hop. Best known for his ’90s Octagon schtick and breakout “acid-rap” disc Dr. Octagonecologist (produced by Dan “the Automator”), the 43-year-old Keith has since established himself in alt-rock circles by collaborating with the likes of Faith No More, Wu-Tang, and Prodigy. Take a peep at last year’s ball-of-wax DVD Ultra-Octa-Doom for the MC’s many facets. Wif Black Kenon Bell.... Jennifer Herrema and her raunch-rock act RTX (a play on the singer’s Royal Trux past) will cross into San Diego’s city limits for the first time since her bout with SD’s finest during a pay dispute after a November Scolari’s gig. Passing through town on their way home from SXSW, the O.C. six-piece’ll kick down Drag City debut Western Xterminator at Bar Pink Elephant.... A.D.D.’rs, buncha bands for teen fans at Mira Mesa’s Epicentre, featuring Rafter, the Lisps, These United States, the Heartbreaks, and Blue’s Ruby. Talk about A.D.D., check the pop-rock smorgasbord of Rafter’s ’07 Asthmatic Kitty disc Sex Death Cassette. More hits than misses, though.... Dancehall faves the Itals drop beats at Solana’s go-to reggae room Belly Up, where they’ll share a bill with Lloyd Hemmings and the Awah Band from Studio One, Jamaica.... Seattle’s post-grunge rockers Candlebox reunite at House of Blues. The staid quartet will prop platinum and gold of early ‘90s hits...I can’t remember any of ’em.

Friday 21
Post-rock guitar great Doug Martsch brings Built to Spill to Belly Up. The Boise band is out to tout their last one, You in Reverse, and get their stage legs for upcoming fest spots. The bill includes Austin country sludge rockers Meat Puppets, Seattle’s Helvetia, and it is so sold out.... Catch a legend when Tijuana Brass blower and the “A” of A&M Records Herb Alpert settles in at Anthology for a two-night stint. The trumpet master turns 73 next week and is out to celebrate reissue of his 1965 masterpiece Whipped Cream & Other Delights (Rewhipped).... Giglets round town: L.A. punk-pop trio the Dollyrots deliver Because I’m Awesome to Beauty Bar.... Local indie kids Red Feathers play an E.P. CD release party at Whistle Stop. Solid takes on MySpace suggest hooky soul-pop. Janglers Paddleboat float an opening set.... UK quartet Pacific Ocean Fire anglicizes Americana at Pink Elephant, where local pop-rock chops Drowning Men roll in in support.... Hank III backer Joe Buck thumps country punk at the Zombie with Jimmy Dean and the Sausage Kings, Old Devil, and Pushin’ Rope.

Saturday 22
She’s lump! The Presidents of the United States of America campaign behind their sixth studio collection, These Are the Good Times People, and first with former San Diego shredder Andrew McKeag (Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver), who has apparently joined the Seattle-based trio on guitbass, permanent like. Catch the Presidents and running mates Ludo, Pleaseeasaur, and MaxMister Pyles at Belly Up Saturday night.... After hauling through SXSW, the “West Aussie Power Pop Assault,” featuring soup’d up surf rockers the Chevelles and their hometown Perth peeps Gigantic, will run over Pink Elephant. Local blues-rock baby doll Anna Troy opens.... Rocky horror! The campy Creepy Creeps hook up with pirate punks Thee Corsairs at Zombie Lounge.... Ken Club stages SD desert rockers Billy Midnight and fellow folkies Trophy Wife.... L.A. goth-poppers the Weather Underground are forecasted for U-31. The catchy quartet premiered forthcoming E.P. A Bird in the Hand last week at SXSW.... Campus club Ché Café’s booked Angelino psych-n-blues crew Entrance. Astra and Joshua Emery Blatchley on the bill.

Sunday 23
Blues buskers Asylum Street Spankers chug into Casbah Sunday night. The Austin, TX, big band plays throwback roots rock, like, way back roots rock — washboards, dobros, ukes, mouth harps. The outfit’s known more for their select covers — from Tin Pan Alley stuff to Black Flag — than their originals, but you’ll get a healthy dose of both as the Spankers tout new studio disc Mommy Says No! “for the grown up kids.”... Controversial country-rocker Steve Earle and country covers queen Allison Moorer have sold out Belly Up.... Punk’d R&B fills the bill at Tower Bar Sunday night, as Sardinian (wop rock!) garage gang the Rippers join likeminded locals the Sess. DJ Tony Tyger spins round sets.... San Fran’s Film School is taking apps at Beauty Bar. The Beggars Banquet band is out to tout their new collection of sonic squall Hideout — throbs like Joy Division, soars like Floyd.... Easter Sunday Mass starts at 3p at Bar Pink Elephant. Glam-punk comers Nautical Disaster will preach from the book of Sevens, their debut disc.

Monday 24
94.9’s “All About the Music” series goes off at Belly Up Monday night. The not-for-radio roster features former Hüsker Dü’r Bob Mould, Nor’west shoegazers Saturna, and local power-pop trio Reeve Oliver. Indie stalwart Mould is out in support of his new crit-hit disc District Line, which finds the guitarist mixing a modicum of electronica into his hard-rock recipe. Tasty bill for the Solana stage.... Slam star Saul Williams rocks the mic at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up. Last year, the NYC hip-hop poet dropped his fifth, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust!, for which Williams recruited industrial rocker Trent Reznor. The duo set Williams’s ‘06 poetry collection The Dead Emcee Scrolls to electronic beats and drone with heavy vocal effects. Dragons of Zynth rock a TVOTR vibe in the opening slot.... Former Kiss guitarist Space Ace Frehley lands at House of Blues Monday night. The hard-rocking Trews in support.

Tuesday 25
Multi-instrumentalist Bob Schneider visits psych-folk (à la Sparklehorse) on Belly Up Tuesday night. The Texas troubadour, known for songsmithin’ engaging folk tales, is a popular draw at the North County nightspot. Schneider’s latest, When the Sun Breaks Down on the Moon now available online. With Jay Thomas and Tina Dico.... “If it wasn’t for those darned kids!” L.A newbies Let’s Go Sailing bring The Chaos in Order to Beauty Bar. DJ Heather Hardcore spins in support.

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