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Thursday 29
Boho gypsies Vagabond Opera roll the wagon train into Casbah for a night of Eastern European dance jams. These Klezmer cabaret throwbacks hail from Portland and come packed with cellist, accordion, horns, handlebars, and Leilainia the travelin’ bellydancer. Sample Space takes from their ‘06 s/t collection for a nosh. Max Fields opens.... Latin maestro Pancho Sanchez tapes up his tips to beat the boogie out of his bongos for a packed Belly Up. Sanchez’s salsa rave is a Solana Beach fave. The 56-year-old conga player is out to tout last year’s Raise Your Hand, on which the Latin jazz leader teamed with Stax cats Booker T., Steve Cropper, and Eddie Floyd to “add a little rock to the roll.” Orquesta Primo in support.... Blood and Guts and Happy Rain. Local indie kids the Lanterns alight at Beauty Bar tonight. Their Space is teasing a CD release for mid July. Keep your eyes peeled — the post-punk quartet’s Les Savvy Favulous. With Battlehooch (SF) and Crystal Antlers (LA).

Friday 30
Adam Franklin and his UK shoegazers Swervedriver crash into Casbah Friday night. This year the psych-rock quartet reformed after a decade of no news. Franklin scored a solo hit disc in Bolts of Melody last year, but check Mezcal Head (1993) for the Swervers high-water mark. Beggars Banquet band Film School opens. The L.A. slowcore band is enjoying the exposure of last year’s Hideout.... Snakes on a stage? Yeah, man. Kottonmouth Kings slither into House of Blues behind CD/DVD package Kosmic Therapy, a healthy primer on the SoCal rapcore crew.... Slide king Sonny Landreth settles into Anthology for two nights of blues. The Delta dude dropped his latest solo go, From the Reach, last week.... Keeping on the culture tip, Dizzy’s props the “Four Sides of Dylan.” Sounds like the Todd Haynes amalgam I’m Not Here but reads like a local trib, featuring Steve White, Dave Howard, Deborah Liv Johnson (in the role of Cate Blanchett?), and Louis MacKenzie.... ‘Canes catches roots-rock road warriors and festival favorites Blue Turtle Seduction. The Tahoe troupe is due to drop new studio set 13 Floors this summer.... Uptown stages: Mario Escovedo’s border town rock-n-boogie band MEX emigrates to Bar Pink Elephant.... Local folkies Emery Byrd land at Whistle Stop. The quintet’s debut full-length Mrs. Young versus the Modern Ones available via iTunes.... And there’s live funk ‘n’ soul at Beauty Bar, with Upstarts, Bedford Groves, and Iron Mike.

Saturday 31
Get yer robot on, as Belly Up books Liverpool’s electronic glitch rockers Ladytron. Club divas Helen and Mira set to drop new Network disc Vocifero. Norwegian trio Datarock will punk up the proceedings with electroclash off last year’s See What I Care.... “America’s funnyman” Neil Hamburger will sizzle at Casbah. The comic has a new collection called Neil Hamburger Sings Country Winners. He’ll be backed by the Too-Good-for-Neil-Hamburger Band.... Harlem’s R&B hero Keith Sweat will join Boston bad boys Bel Biv DeVoe out at Viejas’ Park Saturday night. Sweat’s Just Me is due to drop this summer, while BBD just happy to make the scene since ‘05’s commercial question mark Poison.... Campus kids at Ché Café invite Portland hardcores Tragedy to their La Jolla digs. (No, they’re not the “metal tribute to the Bee Gees” band.) One of the thousands of bands called Blowback also on the bill. Couldn’t discern which one.... Loons cohorts 99th Floor and the Oh Nos hep up Tower Bar with greazy garage rawk.

Sunday 1
Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger are post-rock blazers Fiery Furnaces. The new Thrill Jockey signees are touring behind last year’s Widow City, another trademark song-cycle of A.D.D.-inspired art rock. This summer the siblings will release live comp Remember. The Furnaces bring the buzz to Belly Up Sunday night with our own hot topic, Grand Ole Party. Show to be seen at, if that’s yer thing.... Hard-rocking Oaks throw a CD release at Casbah with likeminded Archons.... While Monsters from Mars and the Fucking Buckaroos take on Zombie Lounge.

Monday 2
This week’s Anti-Monday meet-up will be presided by Denver dudes the Swayback. Check the trio’s VU cover on their Space site, “Waiting for the Man.” Hot shit, as are openers Burning of Rome. Django James and the Midnight Squires on the bill.... Beauty Bar’s got Berkeley “hy-phy” hits Tempo No Tempo. The quartet’s debut The Get Down is loaded with Lips-smacking dance rock.

Tuesday 3
The head on the door was a dream. Your guiltiest pleasure, the Cure, will parody themselves at Cox Arena Tuesday night. Oh, you’ll be there waiting for their late-period goth pop so you can do the new-wave wiggle.... But you should be at Casbah catching up with modern goth by Austin slowcore trippers Black Angels and L.A. psych-outs the Warlocks. New releases from both camps suggest sets of the week.... Else: George Clinton and Parliament will funk up Belly Up, again.... My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult will be resurrected (and get a make-over?) at Beauty Bar.... And Metal Shakespeare will get heavy at O.B. rock room Winstons.

Wednesday 4
More goth? You goth it. Bauhaus batman Peter Murphy will hang at House of Blues Wednesday night, as the Brit enigma brings his “Retrospective” tour through town. The retrospect culminates with the release of this year’s Bauhaus reunion disc Go Away White, which shows the baritone still booms.... Chicagoland alt-rockers Local H deliver Twelve Angry Months to Casbah. Good grunge takes. Firethorn and Photo Atlas fill the Middletown bill.... L.A.’s country-rock rabble-rouser Shooter Jennings will draw down at Belly Up. Check Space tastes from last year’s guitar-rocker The Wolf. Country chanteuse Sara Petite sets the Solana Beach stage following the annual Switchfoot Bro-Am auction, which starts at 6p. Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman will strum-n-hum an early acoustic set for his part of the Stand Up for Kids campaign.
Barnaby Monk

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