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Thursday 12
The Portland psych-pop quartet Minmae will deliver Sean Brooks’s latest acoustic-meets-electronica (acoustronica?) collection Tertiary Allotment Is a Delightfulness. Since disbanding Thee Psychic Hearts a decade ago, founder and sole original member Brooks has released an album a year under the Minmae moniker. Tertiary will be his first eponymous offering and is due to drop in April, coinciding with a mini Eurotour. Local alt-pop hits Roxy Jones and Dreaming of Tanks up first.... The local up-and-coming pop trio Writer will join the Bay Area’s electronically driven indie-rock act Birds & Batteries at Bar Pink. Both bands are Austin-bound for next week’s SXSW. Check out Writer’s new split 7” with their pals Swim Party.... Braaiins! and Zombie Surf Camp seems a clever pairing, yes? The apocalyptic surf punks share a bill at the Ken Club with the Anasaziz and Deepsea Goes.

Friday 13
De La Soul Is Dead. De La Soul is not dead. The NYC alt-hop trio will celebrate 20 years this year with their tenth original collection, You’re Welcome. Still grooving jazz beats and wack lyrics, but 3 Feet High and Rising remains their hip-hop bomb, if not thee hip-hop bomb. Catch up with the genre vets at Canes Friday night.... SanFran art-punk band Thee Oh Sees are touring through town on their way to Texas. The quartet’s B-52– like rave-ups will make for tasty live fare at Bar Pink. They’re sharing the ride and the gig with Bay Area buds and aesthetically similar Fresh & Onlys.... Sheeeit, everybody’s going to Austin! NorCal soul rockers Mother Hips will stop off in Solana Beach to hip-check Belly Up with our own Americana crew Billy Midnight.... Two shows at Casbah on Friday: early sets at 7p by acoustic cats Tim Barry, Austin Lucas, and Josh Small; desert rockers Transfer headline the late sets behind Long Live Logos and Crash Encore. Get a load of Transfer’s EP Sunken Eyes yet? Boys’re poised.... Aaaand, ‘round uptown you got Diablo Dimes, the Deere Johns, and Jon Meeks digging low-down roots at Radio Room...Creepy Creeps, Oh Nos, and the Dabbers serving up an indie-rock smorgasbord at the Ken...Lualta, Sunday Times, ASA Ransom (NYC), and Mermaid filling a bill at Soda Bar...while Wendy Darling delivers charmed bedroom pop to Ruby Room. Cover crews Blasphemous Guitars and Still Ill open.

Saturday 14
Bright Eyes buds Cursive just dropped their sixth Saddle Creek disc, Mama, I’m Swollen. Critics are calling it the indie act’s best next to ‘06 benchmark Happy Hollow, and the Space takes support the hype. The quartet’s selling out club dates left, right, and center, including Saturday night’s set at Casbah with Ladyfinger and Little Brazil.... Hot-shit piano-poppers Silent Comedy along with Or, the Whale and Get Back Loretta are probably your next-best sets Saturday night. Ken Club scores that hat trick.... Else: Beauty Bar stages indie pop by sayvinyl and the Dreamers...Swedish alt-rawk quartet Millencolin’ll be out at Soma...and noise-rockers Sirhan Sirhan, Hostile Combover, and the Archons will turn it up at Radio Room.

Sunday 15
Detroit garage gang Von Bondies will play a 94/9 “It’s About the Music” thing at Belly Up. Reading the reviews for this year’s Love, Hate and Then There’s You, it appears the Bondies’ ‘04 Jerry Harrison–produced hit Pawn Shoppe Heart was a tough act to follow for the quartet. Nico Vega and Scarlet Symphony set the Solana Beach stage.... Back downtown, Soda Bar draws a doozie with pop-punk minimalists Personal and the Pizzas, Christmas Island, and Wild Thing. The Pizzas’ greezy Fonzie rock smells like their hometown of Hoboken. Fun stuff. If you haven’t checked out Soda yet, this’d be a good night.... Miss the door there, she-punk purists Wild Weekend and Girls and Birthday Suits lay it bare around the bend at Bar Pink...while indie experimentalists Asobi Seksu, Resplendor, and Bell chime in at Casbah.

Monday 16
After disbanding Plot to Blow, Crocodiles duo Charles Rowland (guitar, synth) and Brandon Welchez (vocals, programming) set out to reinvent themselves by reinterpreting the glammy fuzz-rock of Jesus and Mary Chain through their VU filter. The duo signed to Fat Possum and in May will drop one of this year’s most anticipated indie-world releases. Check out Space take “Neon Jesus” for a primer, and get to Soda Bar where the boys’ll band with Kill Me Tomorrow and Past Lives.... Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags Oakland electronic-rock boy-girl band the Lovemakers. SQXMYLMNS (I know, I didn’t get it right away either) and Tropical Depression up first.... Spanish spaz-rockers This Drama join the Old In Out at Bar Pink.... Belly Up stages Mavericks crooner Raul Malo and country chanteuse Shelby Lynne.... And Jersey glam-metal band Skid Row hits House of Blues.

Tuesday 17
Get your dance duds out, party people, because English DJ duo Simian Mobile Disco will hang their glittery ball at Casbah Tuesday night. If you’re at all interested, get to myspace.com/simianmobiledisco and check the production team’s vid for “Synthesise.” Entrancing.

Wednesday 18
“Let’s get cray-cray!” Soda Bar’s gonna fill some fine, fun bills this week. Keeping widdit Wednesday — they’ll stage nu-wave crew Jamuel Saxon with Los Angelino twee-pop peeps One AM Radio and local lo-fi duo Tape Deck Mountain.... Before their Global Takeover tour takes off, San Dago’s own anglophilic punx Rat City Riot will overtake Ruby Room with Jersey barroom rockers the Hudson Falcons.... And a couple of Brighton bands, Freeland and Evil Nine, bring their electronic dance beats to Casbah, which poses the question: Zombies dance?
Barnaby Monk

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