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Thursday 22
Octet Ozomatli checks in at Belly Up for three in a row through Saturday night. Get back with the Latin-funk dance jams of these L.A. Grammy winners (Best Latin rock/alternative album for 2005’s Street Signs), and check the salsa-infused takes from last year’s Concord hit Don’t Mess with the Dragon. With Ceci Bastida tonight, Rue Melo on Friday, and Cava Saturday night. ¡Baile un salsa!... Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and guitar-girl extraordinaire (she was the first female on Rolling Stone’s “Guitar God” list in ‘06) Kaki King will grace the room at Little Italy supper club Anthology. From busking subways in New York in the early 2000s to her ‘07 collaboration with Eddie Vedder on acclaimed soundtrack Into the Wild and last year’s crit-hits Dreaming of Revenge and Black Pear Tree (with the Mountain Goats), Ms. King is the poised princess of indie.... Santa Barbara funk-punks Snot hook up with D.O.S. and Mower to hard rock Brick by Brick.... Louis XIV, Apes of Wrath, and Roman Spring join the anniversary party at Casbah.... Uptown, ya got Thorns of Life (ex-Jawbreaker) and the Idyllists at Bar Pink...and Someday Assassin with Days of Life (weird poetry booking those two bands together) at Radio Room.

Friday 23
Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ freaking Driver is back for one brief one-off in honor of Casbah’s Big Two Oh. Hands down ballsiest (inside joke) barroom rockers in SD rock-roll — and eater of drummers, apparently — Dave Jass, Andrew McKeag, and George Vidaurri took a run at Seattle when the Southland scene fizzled only to fade away themselves — Jass to suburban Minneapolis, McKeag stayed in the NW and joined the Presidents of the United States of America, and George returned to SD and currently cools it with MEX. See if you can dig up their two LPs on hometown’s Headhunter/Cargo imprint, a s/t debut from ‘94 and Chick Rock from '95, for a preview — smacks of Replacements covering Stones, or the other way around, depending on your, uh, constitution. Rumor is that original drummer Paul Brewin (of Drip Tank fame) will beat for the band. With Creedle and No Knife, this sold-out show is one hella reunion gig and one of this month’s highlight nights at the Middletown mainstay. (See Sunday for more Creedle.)... When you give up on the sidewalk, follow it down to Anthology, where 67-year-old folkie Richie Havens plays to his Woodstock fame...and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings funk up 4th&B.... Udderwise: Cash’d Out’ll get their Johnny on out at Canes, where Pushin’ Rope sets the seaside stage.... Funkay funkay! Whistle Stop books a pair in Genius of Soul and Inspired Flight...while at the other end of 30th, Pocket lays out the jazz acidic at Bar Pink...Zodiac Death Valley (SF), Scarlet Symphony, and Doves and Desperadoes hole up at Soda Bar...and Radio Room turns on Off with Their Heads, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Sunnyside, and, lawdy, Turkish Techno.

Saturday 24
Ton of rock-solid lineups Saturday night, so, real quick from top to bott: Memphis garage punk Jay Reatard joins likeminded Zonies Earthmen and Strangers at the Ken for a holy shit! bill at the Kensington hotspot...Sixties garage-rawk gurus the Penetrators and the Loons regroup at Casbah...Seattle plink-rock trio Truckasaurus pulls into Bar Pink with L.A. showgirls Obi Best...T.S.O.L., Black President (featuring members of Goldfinger and Dee Dee Ramone), and Shot Out Hoods hit Brick by Brick...Da Bears, Monsters from Mars, Irradio, and Say Vinyl fill a pop-rock bill at Ché Café...Beauty Bar stages Drowning Men, Secret Samurai, and Lyons Crowns...and last and least, Jersey boys Fountains of Wayne will play an acoustic set at Anthology.

Sunday 25
Half Man Half Pie. Tasty Sunday sets at Casbah, with a 2p matinee show featuring Creedle, Optiganally Yours, Soul Junk, and — unbelievable — the heliocentric world of Tim Ellison’s Nephews. Be interesting to see how many acts Rob Crow sits with...Tapes-n-Tapes headline Casbah Sunday night with Wild Light and Theresa Andersson in support.... Diablo Dimes will be busking his old-timey blues stomps out at the Ken...while Royal Campaign, Dave the Butcher, and Ryan and the Relics dial in at Radio Room.

Monday 26
See-ee-ee Emily play. Soda Bar pulls a long, cool pour of odd pop with local duo Bunky, Philly-via-SanDago throwbacks Free*Stars, and Rafter (doing triple duty).... It’s circaNow at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up. The local fuzz-punk trio got an SDMA nomination for Best Rock Album for last year’s 100 Watts. Check the Space takes, and while you’re there, give a listen to new single “Waterfront”; it’s a riff riot. Speaking a which, Ringers and Laserwolf and Thunderbolt open.... More riffage? Molotov, a Mexi raprock crew with mucho Latin Grammies to their cred, visit House of Blues with Pastilla.

Tuesday 27
N’awlins hip-hop hit Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., aka Lil’ Wayne, rocks the mike Tuesday night at Cox Arena. Wayne’s ‘08 offering Tha Carter III hit Billboard like a bomb with three top tens (“Lollipop,” “A Milli,” “Got Money”) and earned the crossover kid eight Grammy nominations and MTV’s Man of the Year?! Hey, MTV, isn’t he on probation for some drug thing or other?... Anthology hosts a Blue Note 70th Anniversary show. The iconic label props an all-star septet of trad-jazz players, including Ravi Coltrane, who takes up Dad’s tenor for the affair.... SanFran piano-pop band Magic Bullets takes aim at Soda Bar. Check the Space takes — little Smiths, little sunshine.... And it’s Annihilation Time for Ché Café, with A.N.S. and Gross Negligence.

Wednesday 28
Rob Crow’s metal mien Goblin Cock dropped brand-spanking new Come with Me If You Want to Live on Tuesday. They’ll join one-man show band Pleaseasaur and hair-band spoofs Blasphemous Guitars (Cover Me Badd) at Casbah.... U.K. electronic-rock riot Metronomy will plug in at Bar Pink.... Pop-rock acts Midwinters and Janu and the Whalesharks have an appointment at Beauty Bar.... And Belly Up books slack-key kings Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa. If the vowel strings didn’t give it away, they’re Hawaiian dudes, and they rock it island style. Aloha kakou.
Barnaby Monk

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