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Thursday 18
There will be a Golden Shower of Hits when Hermosa Beach hardcores the Circle Jerks hit the pit at House of Blues tonight. The tenacious trio of Keith Morris (hollerin’), Zander Schloss (bassin’), and Greg Hetson (guitarin’) still man the band that, for ‘80s skaters, pumped out consistently energizing and intelligent hardcore “hits” that still resonate today. Just ask your uncle Tony Hawk, kids. And if he’s not available, dig up your dad’s Wild in the Streets and Wonderful vinyl. With Briggs, Channel 3, and Authentic Sellout, there’s gonna be some age range in the mosh pit.... Country-fried barroom rockers the Farmers (née Beat Farmers) reap a CD release for Fulmination at Casbah. Fulmi-wha?... 94/9 props a locals-only showcase at Belly Up featuring punk-pop quartet No Knife and up-and-comers Focus Group, whose dark and overblown atmospherics hit you like nine-inch nails.... Bar Pink books indie kids Bright Light Fever (Sacramento) and By Sunlight (Seattle) with our own indie elder statesman Scott Mercado and Manuok.... Else: Nitro Records punk-by-numbers quartet Hit the Switch (Chino) hit the switch at Radio Room...Chilean rockers Lucybell toll at 4th&B...and Miami band Awesome New Republic rules Ruby Room with what looks and smells like boy-band electroclash.

Friday 19
Shine up them skids, kids, because there’s lotsa dance jams to choose from Friday night. Right to it, you got brass with class, as jazz-and-blues bombshell Candye Kane sings from her new disc Superhero at Anthology. The down-home diva’s publicized bout with cancer exposed a cult of personality spanning porn stars to politicos. Here’s where the fun is.... And O.B.’s where the funk is, as Naked Funk streaks through Winstons. The local brass-and-bass band boasts some service in iconic collective Parliament-Funkadelic.... Somalian hip-hop hit K’NAAN joins Beverly Hills trip-hoppin’, party-rockin’ duo Rootbeer at the Belly Up.... Soma stages Cali electro-glam bands Jeffree Star and Von Iva.... While round town, Whistle Stop rocks soul-jazz jam band Pocket...Casbah hosts a “ghoulish dance party” with the Creepy Creeps, Loons, and Omens...Soda Bar draws Oakland’s electro-pop bad boy Hawnay Troof with Aussie she-freaks Baadd...and the soul-funky Styletones dress up Bar Pink.

Saturday 20
Hillcrest hot spot Ruby Room looks like your all-night site Saturday night, as the Found Magazine Tour finds the hideaway hosting indie-pop darlings the Watson Twins, who are out to tout Vanguard disc Fire Songs. The Silver Lake siblings will play an early set that sets up a late show by locals Ghost Bird and Republic of Letters. Ruby Room’s calling it a twofer on the early cover. Deal.... The Bay Area–based pop-rock heartthrob Ben Kweller visits the House of Blues. Kweller’s got a commercial hit and critical curiosity in new one, his fourth on ATO, Changing Horses. Sounds like Jeff Tweedy in a cowboy hat. Jones Street Station and Local Natives set the downtown stage.... There’s an odd-pop party at the Ché Café Saturday night, featuring Da Bears, Nurses, Cuckoo Chaos, and Prussia.... Soma sets up an EP-release thing for radio-ready quintet Get Back Loretta.... And the U.S. Air Guitar Championships are calling all “fake shredders” to Casbah. Recommend you check out Air Guitar Nation (2006) from your local video emporium to see how seriously insane this shit is.

Sunday 21
Who isn’t hanging out at Casbah all day Sunday? Okay, here’s what you’re missing: 3p you’d see SD space-rock prog pros Earthless sweating through a set to get you to Dinosaur freaking Jr. J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph are about to drop their hotly anticipated Jagjaguwar disc Farm, the Beantown trio’s ninth proper. And if you’ve any doubt about the necessity and validity of this comeback, work the web for a taste of “Over It.” Video’s pretty cool, too, with stunt doubles shredding decks and BMX. (Prediction: a lot of you are going to be looking to trade those new Sonic Youth discs in on Tuesday for store cred toward this one. I know I am)...and Sunday night at the Midtown mainstay, punk perennials the Queers headline another tasty bill that includes Glossines, Atom Age, and the Mansfields.... Your girlfriend won’t mind your getting wrecked down there, dood, because she’s got tix to get all Anglo-serious and she-empowered with PJ Harvey out at Humphrey’s. PJ and John Parish blah frickin’ blah blah.... Utter mentionables, because I guess, you know, it takes all kinds: singer-songer Tom Brosseau’s gonna play a set for his friends out at North Park’s Vaudeville and Candy Shop. Or is it Shoppe? I dunno...and New Orleans’ performer of the year, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, slides into Anthology Sunday night with a super-sized set of his “supafunkrock.”

Monday 22
Bar Pink books a booya double bill with downbeat indie trio Roxy Jones and Portland psych-pop quartet Minmae Monday night.... While Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up hits back like a girl with Brooklyn iPod shills Chairlift. “I tried to do handstands for you...” Tropical Depression and the Illuminauts drew the short straws and set the stage.

Tuesday 23
There’s an all-local alt-rock triple bill out at Winstons on Tuesday night with Nautical Disaster, Behind the Wagon, and Gertrudestein. You take the 8 west to Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to Newport Avenue and go right. It’s down about a half a mile on the right on Bacon Street. Go support local music; it’s our only export.

Wednesday 24
Belly Up bills masta rastas the Abyssinians. The Jamaican roots group is 40 years strong and best known for their mid-’70s hit and album of the same name, Satta Massagana. Etana and Roots Revealers share the stage.... East County honky-tonker Bill Cardinal and his Canyon Band join the Whiskey Wisetales and DJ Heather Hardcore at Radio Room. Which one of these things doesn’t go with the others?Barnaby Monk

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