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Thursday 8
SanFran boho band Vetiver roll a freak-folk caravan into Casbah tonight. Andy Cabic and co., which may or may not include genre luminary and Vetiver part-timer Devendra Banhart, have just released their third Fat Cat disc, Thing of the Past, a collection that describes Cabic’s tendency to '60s and '70s folk pop. The gypsy wagon train draws North Carolina acousticat Johnathan Wilson, L.A. ambients Winter Flowers, and homegrown folkies ASTRA. Sets t’beat this week.... Hungry like the wolf? Channel 4’s Mark “Mud” Grant suggests Valley View Casino’s all-you-can-eat buffet. (Have you seen the pile on that man’s plate?!) You may bump into Simon Le Bon round the ambrosia bowl, as ‘80s pop-wavers Duran Duran get in on gaming gigs. They’ll play the big, new outdoor do. Get up to speed with the UK quintet’s '07 comeback Red Carpet Massacre.... The pride of Orem, Utah, The Used, will NOT rock the RIMAC at UCSD. The gig’s been moved to Soma. The boys’re touring in support of last year’s monster Lies for the Liars and new b-sides collection Shallow Believer. Raise a brow, but everything the emo-core outfit spins turns gold or platinum. Straylight Run and Army of Me on the bill.... Itty bits: sizzling pop rocks at Belly Up with Say Vinyl, Reeve Oliver, and Irradio; L.A. indies Everest deliver Ghost Notes to Pink Elephant; while Chasers catches up with Portland progs Unit Breed. Rumor is Donny of Scolaris’ crew took over the bar and booking at Chasers.

Friday 9
Waitin’ to Inhale? Go 'head, as Houston hip-hopper Devin the Dude Copeland delivers that new joint to ‘Canes. The Dude’s been at it for going on 20 years and has rocked the mic alongside rap royalty Too Short, Dr. Dre, and D-o-double-g. NY Times: “[Dude’s] a brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow,” yo! Angelino duo People Under the Stairs split the beachside bill.... The Whistle Stop’s got your tropicalia fix Friday night with Red Pony Clock. The big band’s '07 grower God Made Dirt jams horns in your indie hole. Check it out and catch ‘em this month, as they’re haulin’ brass over seas this summer. Go Ponys! Frantic Romantic shares the South Park stage, er, floor.... J.C.-approved (Johnny, not Jesus) Cash’d Out exhumes the Man in Black at Casbah. Local hollow-body slinger Todd Stedman of Fat Tones fame in support.

Saturday 10
Wait’s almost over, as fave rave-ups the Sess prop a CD release party at Casbah for their punk’d R&B debut Agendumb, due this week. It’s another rock-solid release for up-and-coming Single Screen Records. Fellow Single Screeners Red Feathers and Vision of a Dying World on the bill and merch table’s on the patio.... Pop punks Be Your Own Pet visit House of Blues. The Nashville act’s out to tout shiny new Ecstatic Peace release Get Awkward, a frenetic follow-up to their '06 juvy debut. Check out the vid for single “The Kelly Affair” for a prevue. This Nylon fashion mag tour features She Wants Revenge, the Virgins, and Switches. Should be a fun one.... With 2007’s Power of Eternity, Brit prog-rockers Wishbone Ash rise from the, well, ash. Catch the twin-guit assault at Humphreys Backstage.... Philly born and bred and lured to L.A., contempo-jazz axe man Kevin Eubanks checks in at Anthology for two nights.... Another local showcase at Belly Up Saturday night. The sonic smorgasbord stages Buckfast Superbee, Truckee Brothers, Scarlet Symphony, and Emery Byrd.... College club Ché Café books Weatherbox, Alex Kent (of Say Anything), BoomSnake, and Snuffaluffagus.... Emergenza Fest, a worldwide collective for unsigned bands, checks in and pounds out Brick by Brick with Canobliss, Societal Decay, Caustic Felon, and Echo Revolution.... Garage-rock gang the Wongs haul it from Yuma to Tower Bar. With Imperial Valley punks Slab City.

Sunday 11
You there, steppin’ out, it’s Mother’s Day and Joe Jackson cracks the seal on Humphrey’s '08 outdoor season. Mom loves the piano-pop star (“Is She really Going Out with Him?” “Sunday Papers”). Hook her up with tix and JJ’s latest, Rain, a surprisingly lively collection that harks back to the swing of the UK songsmith’s Night and Day/Look Sharp heyday. In fact, Jackson beckoned that clean old quartet to his new Berlin digs to record the return-to-form. Philly soulman Mutlu opens the show.... Whistle Stop hosts ‘n’ toasts yer mom with Night of the Cookers DJs spinning hard bop. According to the club’s site, Mom’s first round is on the house.... It’s Mom’s day, but there’s lots more Pop: Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, a baroque-y quartet from Springfield, MO, has a new Polyvinyl disc in the bins, Pershing. Shins lite (which looks like an oxymoron from here). They appear at Beauty Bar Sunday night with Port O’Brien and Royal Campaign.... Northern State, the Dolly Rots, and MC Flow kick it at Casbah.... Palms and Colossal Yes play Ché.... And Air Traffic and Republic of Letters land Soma.

Monday 12
After a Left Coast swing, SD’s hard-rocking trio Sirhan Sirhan brings home the Blood, their full-length debut due to drop end of May. They’ll spill it at Zombie Monday night with Family Curse and Batwings.... Austin girl group the Carrots doo-wop an Anti-Monday meet-up with our Nuggets-lovin’ Muslims, who’ve got a new seven-song 12” out on Brooklyn’s 1928 Recordings. Space takes sound swell. Odd folkies Fantastic Magic also on the bill.... Omaha’s electro-glam band The Show Is the Rainbow appears over Bar Pink Elephant.

Tuesday 13
Cain’t stop New York folk-rock troubador Langhorne Slim, who plays Casbah Tuesday night. The singer/songwriter’s s/t debut slathers hopeful lyrics (“...you’ve gotta learn to get happy!”) with soulful vox and blues-rock riffage. Slim shares hat-trick bill with jubilant trio Smart Brothers and Elliot Smith-y soloist Ferraby Lionheart.... Afrobeat soul sisters Hèléne and Cèlia Faussart, Les Nubians, grace Anthology Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The French duo were nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy behind 2003’s One Step Forward, one fine primer.... Denver’s “Southern punk” quintet Forth Yeer Freshman will Rock Your Box at Zombie. With SD’s own country punx Pushin Rope.

Wednesday 14
There’s a Candye Kane bene at Casbah. The blues diva’s battling the big C and needs some relief. Show features alt-rockers Years Around the Sun, whose Inva de Siva is out on Manaloft Records, SanDago stalwart Mojo Nixon, and fire-walkin’ rockers the Truckee Bros.... Belly Up books Canadian new-folk crooner Kathleen Edwards. Her heart-string plucker Asking for Flowers dropped last month. Lap-steel lady Last Town Chorus splits the Solana Beach bill.... NorPark nightspot U-31 stages local ghettotech rockers Silent Armada with L.A. bands Wall Burds and the Pacific.
Barnaby Monk

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