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Thursday 8
Just in time for the cold snap, Lucy’s Fur Coat comes out of the closet for a couple at Casbah, which is hereby and forthwith celebrating its 20th anniversary. Wicked pissah. Anyway, Lucy’s is a local band that got 15 minutes in 1994 with hit disc Jaundice (“Treasure Hands”). The crunchy, charismatic bar band got caught in the fizzle of the San Diego scene’s failure to launch and went back to their day jobs — lawyerin’. Gonna make for an interesting crowd, law office pals on one side, club kids on the other. Blackout Party will set the stage Thursday, Blood Flowers on Friday.... Brother bongo, Poncho Sanchez, settles in down the street at Anthology for two nights. The conguero, born in Texas and raised in Cali, has a Grammy on the shelf at home for his 1999 hit Latin Soul. Check that one out, vato, or last year’s Raise Your Hand.... Else: Jersey power-pop peeps the Measure (SA) will be playing Songs about People...and Fruit ‘n’ Shit at Soda Bar. Local faves Vena Cava and Dan Padilla on the bill.

Friday 9
Kids from Paul Green School of Rock will showcase their mad skills, tackling Bowie to punk at Epicentre this weekend. The “Young Americans” hit up Ramones, Pistols, and Clash at 7p Friday eve and Saturday afternoon at 1p, both featuring “special performances by the PGSOR all-stars.” Get to schoolofrock.com fo’ mo’.... Oakland’s beastie boyee Hawnay Troof joins locals Batwings, Braaiins!!, and All Leather to fill a mixed-nuts bill at Ché Café.... Belly Up books roadhouse diva Candye Kane for a happy-hour set Friday night, and then it’s new-beats reggae with Elijah Emanuel and the Revelations. Skanic and VJ Rockers TV set the Solana Beach stage.... Downtown, L.A. apers Led Zepagain play Zep, again, at House of Blues.... Uptowners, spin the bottle: ya got hot-shit freak folkie Charles Musket at Soda Bar...coupla Arizona metal bands at Ruby Room...and Hillstreet Stranglers at Radio Room.

Saturday 10
How Will the Wolf Survive? Ask “dos Lobos” David Hidalgo and Louie Perez (aka the Latin Playboys) when they play Poway Center for the Performing Arts. The Los Lobo leaders have been together since high school — over 40 years! — and for the past couple have been touring a roots-rock acoustic show that shares their wealth through stories, songs, and Q&A. Definitely worth the trek and the ticket, music fan, and 18 years or younger are just $5 with an adult purchase. A good night with your budding Buddy Holly.... Angelino ska-punks Fishbone wash up at Canes Satty night. Saxman-singer Angelo “Dr. Madd Vibe” Moore has been holding the ‘bone since 1979, y’all, and this year will see the release of Everyday Sunshine — A Fishbone Documentary. Check the Space takes from ‘06’s Still Stuck in Your Throat to see how they swim these days.... Casbah resurrects Deadbolt and Dragons for a night of back-when barroom rawk. Young guns Wild Weekend and Black Hondo on the bill.... Burning of Rome will play a Saturday-night slot at Belly Up before Oingo apers Dead Man’s Party.... ’Round town it’ll be another night of coverers at House of Blues with Bonfire (AC/DC) and Fan Halen (guess)...a Gilbert Castellanos jam sess at Dizzy’s with the trumpeteer’s New Latin Jazz Quartet...loft-pop duo Christmas Island will be out at Soda Bar...and Scribe Amidst joins Echo Revolution-revolution-evolution at Beauty Bar.

Sunday 11
There’ll be a Sunday-night sit-down at Belly Up featuring acousticats David Lindley, Robin Henkel, and Nathan James. Sixty-four-year-old session man Lindley is a solo stud multi-instrumentalist who’ll drop your jaw. He’s out to tout his latest, last year’s Big Twang.... More sit-down stuff at Dizzy’s, where L.A. chanteuse Denise Donatelli will play a CD-release thing for her new one, What Lies Within, featuring local legend Peter Sprague on guitar.... Casbah catches O.C. folk-rockers Janu and the Whalesharks. Reunited novelty act Carnivorous Lunar Activity (aka CLA), featuring Sam Chammas and Dennis Borlek, on the bill.... Tighten Ups cinch their Sunday slot at Bar Pink.... And Soda Bar’s armed with Fresno indie kids Buffalo Guns and prog-punk God squadders From Indian Lakes, who last week dropped debut disc We Are Born. Sure fine dissonance.

Monday 12
Tim Pyles and his Anti-Monday team’re back at the Casbah for ought-nine. Yip. On Monday 12 they’re staging one hella reunion gig. Olson, O., Glass, and Donhowe will take the stage for the first time in forever ago as Olivelawn. No shit! If you can dig ‘em up, check the sludge-rock sounds of Sap and Sophomore Jinx (produced by Jack Endino), the quartet’s short-shelf catalog, for a primer. Furious IV, Radio Wendy, and Old In Out set the stage.... Good one up at the Ché as well, with Danielson Famile escapee Andrew Jackson Jihad. Check the Phoenix acoustic punx Space takes — sounds like Mountain Goats before Darnielle became a household name. Doctor Bird, Kepi Ghoulie, and Dan Janisch fill the bill.

Tuesday 13
Too High to Die. The Kirkwood bros. re-form country-fried alt-rock act Meat Puppets to grind out hands-down club date of the week at Casbah. Curt and Cris have been back together since ‘06 and signed to Anodyne for last year’s Rise to Your Knees, a collection Curt calls “sonic pyramids made out of garbage.” Taste the Meats’ Space takes — something psychedelic in the stew. Benji Hughes and I See Hawks in L.A. open.... Miss the door to that one, beggar, Radio Wendy’ll be at Bar Pink...and Beauty Bar’s got Sunshine Factory, Black Mamba, and Brown and Blue.

Wednesday 14
Bayou soul man Marc Broussard has got a Billboard bomb in Keep Coming Back, his third Atlantic collection of “rough-around-the-edges R&B.” Broussard joins Jessie Baylin and Josh Hoge at Belly Up Wednesday night.... Southern skrunks Bartenders Bible dish barbecued rock-roll to soak up the generous pours at Bar Pink.... Miss Loveland and VV Morgue will dial in electronic Goth at Radio Room.... And Havana piano man Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés appears at Anthology if you feel like getting your mambo mambo on.
Barnaby Monk

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