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Thursday 13
As indie as you wanna be. Eric Bachmann’s Crooked Fingers has now been touring and recording longer than his ballyhooed indie outfit Archers of Loaf, the journalistic Chapel Hill quartet that made math-rock a punk thing. With Fingers, Bachmann’s yelp became a croon and his electric staccato riffs an acoustic wash. The band’s Merge output ranges from covers collections (the excellent Reservoir Songs, 2002) to concept records (bullfighter’s tale Dignity and Shame, 2005). For this year’s critical question mark, Forfeit/Fortune, which tends to trad Euro-folk, the indie stalwart dropped out of the label game and started his own imprint and distribution (Constant Artists/Red Pig); i.e., see the merch man if you want one. With SanFran singalong band Port O’Brien, this is tasty Casbah fare.... New Orleans–based big band Galactic brings the jazz-funky From the Corner to the Block to Belly Up.... Because I’m Awesome, Florida pop-punk trio the Dollyrots roll on Bar Pink.... Finnish metal men Lordi meet Los Angelino loud of Lizzy Borden and Stolen Babies to crank amps at House of Blues.... While hip-hop hits the beach at Canes, where Method Man, Redman, and Termanology rock the mike tonight.

Friday 14
Placentia rap-core collective Kottonmouth Kings snakebite House of Blues Friday night. They’re out to tout their tenth proper Suburban Noize disc The Green Album.... Singer-songsmiths Jonatha Brooke of folk duo the Story and Glen Phillips of alt-pop act Toad the Wet Sprocket will strum-n-hum at Little Italy supper club Anthology.... Seattle scenesters Minus the Bear went acoustic for this year’s Acoustics. The synth-rockers will join regarded Raleigh sextet the Annuals at Soma.... More bears? Local indie kids Da Bears play the Ché with Psycholizard, Scarecrow Tom, and Algernon Cadwalladers.... Hard rock hits town when Miami sonics Torche join Bay Area badasses Black Cobra and chowdah heads Clouds at Casbah.... Notable uptown bills look like locals-only, with Earthless at Radio Room...MC Flow, Wild Weekend, and Head Like a Kite at Bar Pink...The Widows, the Pets, and Christmas Island out at the Ken...and Hotel St. George and Tape Deck Mountain at Whistle Stop. Throw a dart; it’s all good.

Saturday 15
Mudhoney, Japanese Motors, and the Heartaches fill a Saturday-night bill at Casbah. Seattle grungers Mudhoney are out behind this year’s SubPop surprise, the reissue of 20-year-old keeper Superfuzz Bigmuff, the debut that ranked Mark Arm et al. as “the undisputed kingpins of roaring, surging, fuzzed-out punk music”.... Else: Folk-rock troubadours Mason Jennings and Zach Gill visit House of Blues...Ken Club stages party-pop acts Apes of Wrath and Jamuel Saxon...Belly Up hosts a 91X Loudspeaker gig, featuring Stripes and Lines, This Holiday Life, and Sayvinyl...Long Live Logos, the Monthlies, Sam Sess, and Mr. Biggs pop-rock Beauty Bar...Rockabillies the Strikers, River City Rebels (VT), and the Lost Captains cow-punk O’Connells...London club guru Paul Oakenfold spins at Club Spin...And Disney boy band the Jonas Brothers play Sports Arena.

Sunday 16
Brooklyn’s art-rock dance band Gang Gang Dance hits the floor at Casbah. With this year’s crit-hit Saint Dymphna, the quartet has settled the experimental sides into accessible pop-rock cuts. Check their Space takes for a taste — like Animal Collective without the tribal turns. With Rainbow Arabia and SQZMYLMNS in support, this should be a fun one Sunday night.... Bar Pink stages L.A. alt-pop quartet the Ruse and Oakland ambients Fauna Valetta.... Hanson’s “Walk Around the World” tour brings the Tulsa Mmmbop bros. to House of Blues.... Or meet the minimalists, with Woods, Wavves, and Christmas Island at Ché Café...and the Vaginals, Little Teeth, and Anasaziz at Ruby Room.

Monday 17
Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags a trick triple bill with Swedish pop-punks Love Is All, who last week dropped their anticipated latest, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night. Local Humanimals Grand Ole Party play the date, but it’s Brooklyn trio the Vivian Girls who’ll ground this ticket with lo-fi garage-rock stomps. Check the Space takes from the Girls’ s/t In the Red debut, and we’ll see you at the gig.... Jewish hip-hopper Matisyahu brings his reggae flava’d raps to House of Blues. Denver underground trip-hop collective Flobots set the downtown stage.... Uptown, Diablo Dimes will busk at Beauty Bar...and upcounty, the hard-rocking As I Lay Dying throw down at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos.

Tuesday 18
Indie rock with hot sauce. For 2003’s Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City pop-rock quartet Café Tacuba got a Grammy and a Latin Grammy to their cred. The 20-year-old lineup will play 4th&B behind their latest, last year’s Si No, which put the band back in the Latin Grammy limelight with six nominations.... Canadian urban legend has it that wolves carry AIDS to house pets, who then give it to the Canucks who fill their bowls. Ya see? AIDS Wolf. The Quebecois quartet lays out noise rock at Casbah Tuesday night. Oregon’s “James Bond of free improvisation,” Arrington de Dionyso, opens.

Wednesday 19
Punk-rock perennials the Misfits and D.I. will push the pit at House of Blues Wednesday night. Jerry Only, Dez Cadena, and ROBO keep the Misfits name alive as a tour-only trio that harks back to their horror-show heyday. While Fullerton, Cali, punks D.I. got back behind the boards for last year’s On the Western Front, a full-bore hardcore classic. SanDago’s Authentic Sellout sets the stage.... And around town, K.C. emcee Mac Lethal, hometown hits Grieves, and Sioux Falls’ soulcrate music drop underground hip-hop on Casbah...the Pasties and Pant Hoots play punk’d folk at Ruby Room...and Earthless and Sleepy Sun orbit Bar Pink with cosmic rock. Out.
Barnaby Monk

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