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Thursday 27
There’s gonna be a pop-rock sock-hop at all-age Epicentre tonight as local up-and-comers the Prayers and the Sess meet at the Mira Mesa music hall to throw down throw-back rhythm-n-rock. Single Screen Records reports Sess debut imminent. Call it a night — San Clamente power-pop act the Shys (née Gun Shys) are headlining, and you have school in the morning.... Soul-jazz quartet Pocket (ex–Price of Dope) will cook Pink Elephant. The SDMA nominees have yet to follow up ‘03 e.p. The Tone Conservancy, though the combo has been in studio and were expected to drop something last year. In the mean, catch ‘em live, as it looks like they’re house-sittin’ Thursdays through April at Croce’s.... Angelino strum-n-drum moaners the Archways prop Shite debut Lest We Forget at Casbah. Check their Space for hits. Tasty licks, no Tootsie Roll center. Blackout Party, Apes of Wrath, and Starline Theory in support.... Belly Up’s booked goth-pop duo Qu’est-ce Que C’est and experimental folk fella Scott Mercado’s Manuok. Fine acts to follow for plucky indie headliners Years Around the Sun, who just dropped debut full-length Inva de Siva. More than a little Pinback in YAtS’ sound.... The Chores get done when the Portland quartet tours E.P. Life Is Hard through Beauty Bar.... Local blues-rock trio Modern Day Moonshine’s secret ingredient is reggae. They’ll premiere old-school jams collection Same Old Fight at House of Blooze fo’ free on the Voodoo stage. That one’s a happy-hour set — doors at 4p.

Friday 28
Canadian quartet Tokyo Police Club are getting set to drop their anticipated Saddle Creek debut Elephant Shell, featuring hit single “Your English Is Good.” Give a listen at their Space page and check out how much of this tour has already sold out. Police Club’ll bust Soma with Eagle Seagull and We Barbarians.... Wu Tang’s Gary “the Genius” Grice, aka GZA, will hip-hop to ‘Canes Friday night. Club bill says GZA’s gonna cover hit disc Liquid Swords. Blue Scholars, Anti Citizen, and DJ Demon open.... Two-time Grammy winner Diane Schuur will get her Vaughn on for a packed Anthology. “Deedles” has a got a fresh batch to serve in Some Other Time, a collection of choice covers her mother used to sing to her.... Phoenix “spy-fuzz-surf-go-go” act The Love Me Nots pluck pedals at Bar Pink Elephant. The farfisa rocks right through debut In Black and White.... Every Red Heart Shines toward the Red Sun, so sayeth L.A.’s post-rock dream team Red Sparowes. That new release circles over God Speed, if ya like. Proggy Chi-town duo Russian Circles and L.A. trance jammers the Holloys set the Casbah stage.... Locals only. “Look Out Young Son,” Grand Ole Party, the Muslims, and Red Feathers fill a trick triple bill at Ché Café. If you go to Amazon to check up on G.O.P.’s debut Humanimals — “Customers who bought this also bought...Mouldy Peaches...Mountain Goats.” Huh.

Saturday 29
House of Blues books bill o’ the week with post-punk puritan Jay Reatard, who’s touring must-have Blood Visions as well as celebrating his recent Matador signing. The Memphis maniac promised the NYC label six seven-inchers this year. Msr. Reatard sets the stage for blues-stomp duo Black Keys, who next week release Attack & Release via Nonesuch. ‘04’s Rubber Factory remains the Akron act’s high-water mark and a tough one to top.... Classic cat Kim Simmonds and his revamped British blues band Savoy Brown (b. 1965) will rock socks at Humphreys Backstage. Last year the guitarist released his 30th original disc under the Savoy Brown moniker, Steel.... Belly Up’s serving “grungegrass,” as North Carolina trio the Avett Brothers tout their latest roots-rock-meets-punk collection Emotionalism. Ohio’s funky folkie Jessica Lea Mayfield opens.... Alsos: Hostile Combover, Hialeah, Modern Rifles, and Sus Hijos roll through Casbah.... It’s Life or Death at the Ché.... and B-Side’s at ‘Canes.

Sunday 30
Casbah’s hosting 94/9 CD-release show for locals comp Staring at the Sun VI, featuring — pencils at the ready — the Modlins, Anna Troy Band, Echo Revolution, Secret Apollo, and Action Andy & The Haunted Honky Tonkers. Doors at 7p and the whole shebang’s free. You’ll even get a free copy of the disc.... You never thought it would last, but Gene still Loves Jezebel. Lost ‘80s at House of Blues finds Gene, Jezebel, Flock of Seagulls, Dramarama, When in Rome, and Real Life. And I ra-a-an, I ran so far awa-a-a-y.... Classic-country throwback Sara Petite plays a CD release for new one Lead the Parade at Belly Up. With lizard kickers the Slidewinders and Irish chanteuse Siobhan O’Brien.

Monday 31
Former Basehead DJ Clarence Greenwood is Citizen Cope, writing and recording stoner folk that threads G Love and Jack Johnson. Get a whiff from ‘06’s Every Waking Moment. Citizen hits House of Blues Monday night.... Portland music-box folkies Musee Mecanique host the Anti-Monday meet-up at Casbah with Diana Death and Wrong Trousers. Wrong Trousers is that teen-aged folk-pop trio (harp, mandolin, upright bass) from Coronado that had a Web hit cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which it looks like they shot in Balboa Park. This is the Trousers’ debut on the Casbah stage.

Tuesday 1
Buster Bloodvessel and his English ska revivalists Bad Manners invade House of Blues Tuesday night. Since the ‘70s, the Manners have kept the beats and bleats alive, pre and post radio hit-paraders Madness and the Specials. Catch ‘em with Oceanside ska-beats band the Fabulous Rudies.... April Fool’s at Belly Up when the music hall props this big comedy thing. Here’re the names brought to you by Laughing at the Moon Productions: Dante (“from Last Comic Standing”), Bob Murphy, Chris Clobber, and Karen Rontowski.

Wednesday 2
Primus’ slap-n-pop bassman Les Claypool visits House of Blues Wednesday night with a quartet that’s been “dipping into his archives...” National Lampoon will release Claypool’s first feature film to DVD in May, Electric Apricot: The Quest for Festeroo, a mockumentary about “a band that knows no limits.” Apparently you can get an advanced copy CD/DVD at the merch table. Check out lead single “Are You Going to Burning Man?” Brooklyn trip-hopper Tim Fite opens.... NY, NY gypsy punks Mad Juana have got a CD release gig at Casbah. The Azra disc is called Bruja on the Corner. If you miss the door on this one, though, it looks like Sami, Karmen, and crew are hauling the Gypsy Hotel over to Pink Elephant Thursday night.... The Warriors come out to play-ee-ay at Soma. The Oxnard hardcores have A Genuine Sense of Outrage...in stores now. Elysia, Ghost Inside, and Stray from the Path also on the bill.
Barnaby Monk

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