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Thursday 9
Are You Ready for an Organ Solo? Out of New Orleans' 9th Ward comes electroclash couple Quintron & Miss Pussycat, who blow into Casbah tonight. One-man band Mr. Quintron developed his own gear, such as the synth-organ amalgam fashioned into the front of a car and the popular Drum Buddy, a system that plays drum tones in response to flashing lights. Give a listen to Swamp Tech's "Swamp Buggy Badass" for a cross-section of their carnival beats, French Quarter funereal dirge, and bratty boy-girl vox. Sure it's spectacle, there're even puppets. And tasty post-punk minimalism by Brooklyn's Golden Triangle and local duo Christmas Island, to boot.... Welsh pop star Duffy kicks off her stateside slide out at Humphrey's. She's young (24) but does retro soul. Think Spector, Bacharach. Rockferry, her A&M debut, dropped in March and has dominated the charts, multigenerationally-like; i.e., expect teenyboppers to folks with walkers out by the bay.... Otherwises: Folkie Joan Osborne is touring her latest, Little Wild One, through Belly Up, where fellow Kentuckian Matt Morris will open.... The Dogs don't bite. They'll romp at Bar Pink.... While Roxy Jones and Soft Hands play "music to clean your room to" at Beauty Bar.

Friday 10
"Recountdown Tour." The insolent one, Henry Rollins, rails at 4th&B. The punk-rock progenitor (Black Flag, in case you forgot) is now an author and multimedia blowhard — scuzi, spoken-word artist. In celebration of the end of the Bush era, Rollins is doing a talking tour. Check out his Space takes from this year's Provoked for his sociopolitical, oft-funny rants and banter.... Round the bend, MySpace friends Santogold, Mates of State, Low vs Diamond, and Alice Smith fill an indie-rock bill at House of Blues.... Campus collective Ché Café stages New Yawk grindcore trio Genghis Tron. They got a new collection of metal and clash out on Relapse called Board Up the House. They're touring with Yip Yip and Clipd Beaks.... Boston's heavy-metal big band Bang Camaro roars into Casbah with a chorus of a dozen front men. Who rides shotgun?... Soul-roots Rasta Elijah Emmanuel drops his new disc, Tres Sangres, at Belly Up. Brassy, bouncy. Al Howard and the K23 Orchestra, LYNX, and Jamie Janover set the Solana Beach stage.... NYC alt-rockers Rival Schools go at it at Brick by Brick.... Long Beach no-wavers Repeater and like-minded locals Drowning Men wash up at Bar Pink.... SanFran band Empty Rooms helps cut the tape this week at the revamped Ruby Room (was the SDSC). While we're here, pencil in Ruby Room's grand-opening sets on the 17th with Grand Ole Party and Rafter.

Saturday 11
Anaheim's Big Sandy kills at Casbah. Check out Sandy and his rootsy rockabillies the Fly-Rite Boys on Yep Roc Records — "playing it like they invented it." Rip Carson and the Rumblers open.... Rapper Andre Nickatina rocks the mic at Canes on his Coke White Tour. The Bay Area bad boy's got a duo disc out with Mac Dre called A Tale of Two Andres. The Grouch and Eligh split the beachside bill.... Canadian comedian (by way of Bombay) Russell Peters offers up cross-cultural observational oddities out at Humphrey's.... Back in the urbs, ya got jazzy trip-hop by locals Science Fiction at the Ruby Room...Bridge and Tunnel (NYC) and Ready the Jet (L.A.) playing power-pop at Radio Room...and indie kids Stripes and Lines and JFK at Beauty Bar.

Sunday 12
House of Blues has a radio-ready triple bill Sunday night, with Southern-fried rocker Kings of Leon, Brooklyn-based indie-rock duo We Are Scientists, and Canadian quintet the Stills. A smorgasbord of sound. They've all got new commercially viable, if critically questionable product in the bins. Check their Space takes as well as your constitution before ordering.... NYC acoustichick Jolie Holland, formerly of the Be Good Tanyas, unleashes her spanking-new solo work, The Living and the Dead, at Belly Up. Bend an ear — it's sweet and sour folk-pop with weird, warbled vox. Diggable. As are openers, world-folk big band Herman Dune.... Noise-pop peeps the Lanterns light it up at Casbah. This summer, the local quartet dropped Les Savy Favulous debut Apocalypse Youth. It's a good'n. With A Scribe Amidst the Lions and those cunning linguists Spell Toronto.... Blue-funk band thetightenups will "Put a Spell on You" at Bar Pink.... While loud-ass local trio Laserwolf & Thunderbolt strikes at Radio Room.

Monday 13
"Radical environmentalists" Wolves in the Throne Room howl out at Casbah's Anti-Monday meet-up. The Olympia, WA, trio is out to tout Southern Lord set Two Hunters, an operatic sprawl of black-metal tones and thrash. In context of genre, Pitchfork hailed it as "one of the year's most singular, unflinching records." Yeah, it is. Nachtmystium also on the bill.... Pop-rock perennial Gavin DeGraw will drop in on House of Blues.... As Austin old-school punks Capital Scam dial in at Radio Room. Mohawks. Beer songs.

Tuesday 14
Tuesday's got hard-rawk sets by White Lion, Pretty Boy Floyd, and 6th Day down at House of Blues...Brit pop-n-bop by Rumble Strips at Casbah...Tiki Tuesday sets by Cheap Leis at Bar Pink...and Dizzy Gillespie's Band resurrecting the man at Anthology. Or you could do some laundry...go for a run.

Wednesday 15
Suck up some Eddie Spaghetti Wednesday night, as the self-proclaimed "greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world," Seattle's Supersuckers, hit the Casbah stage. You'll get a heapin' helpin' of their new one, Get It Together, due to drop in November. Wasn't that a Jackson 5 record?... Hip-hop heroes Roots join Gym Class Heroes at SDSU's Open Air. The Grammy-winning Roots are 15 years strong and have a fresh ?uestlove-produced Def Jam disc on the charts, Rising Down. Rolling Stone says they're one of the "20 greatest live acts in the world".... So, there ya go: the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world versus one of the greatest live acts in the world Wednesday night. Your dollars decide.... Udderwise: Philly electronica-rockers Lotus bring Hammerstrike down on Belly Up...and Portland punk perennials Millions of Dead Cops roust Radio Room. Kid Cobain was a BIG MDC fan.
Barnaby Monk

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