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Thursday 26
Post-rock stonies Pelican alight at Casbah tonight with sonically similar Wolves in the Throne Room (Olympia) and the Tombs (Brooklyn). Pelican is an L.A.-based quartet originally out of Chicago that has welded the Windy City’s penchant for experimental instrumentals to L.A.’s metal mien. Pelican recently signed to Southern Lords Records [SunnO))), Boris, Om, so you get the aesthetic], which will release the group’s new EP this summer. In the mean, suggest you spin last year’s Hydra Head hit City of Echoes. This one’s gonna be LOUD, y’all, so plug 'em up.... Uptown: Tucson punk minimalist Nobunny hops into Ken Club with like-minded locals the Glossines. Nobunny’s got shtick — fuzzy mask and ears, carrot mic, tends to hop around pantsless — but he’s also got big-toothed tunes à la Ramones and Reatard. In fact, the fuzzy one named his debut Love Visions, taking the piss outta Jay R’s breakthrough Blood Visions.... Otherside: Bar Pink books local acousti-punks BoomSnake with SanFran neo-folkies Two Sheds.

Friday 27
“You’re Not Moving the Way You’re Supposed To.” If you’re a fan of punk, post-punk, art-punk, garage — and if you follow the Crawler with any regularity, Generation X-Lax, you prol’ly are — prick up your ears. U.K. cult the Homosexuals are coming to town. Formed in '77, the trio was sharing the stage at London clubs with the Damned, the Jam, and Wire playing avant post-punk while the rebellious rock was still a healthy teen railing against “the man” and boredom. It was probably the boredom that pushed the Homos into uncharted waters with a songcraft that was just this side of experimental, just that side of (Johnny forbid) artsy. Their studio output was limited — a boon for collectors — but recent compendiums do the group just. Get your hands on 1984’s The Homosexuals’ Record for a taste, or ‘04 box set Astral Glamour for the whole story. Bravo, Soda Bar, for the coup and hands-down club date this week, with Kill Me Tomorrow, Boo and Boo Too, and the Anasazis. There’s probably other stuff going on Friday night if you’re not into it.

Saturday 28
Earthmen and Strangers pay a visit to Ken Club. Our favorite Tempe Zonies should be crossing the state line steadily this year after their FDH debut drops. No telling when, right now. Ryan Rousseau and co.’s punk’d indie-pop also made ‘em faves to tour with Reatard and the Black Lips bunch of late. And go to Rousseau’s art show Sunday out at Tower Bar, check out the new tower. Looks suh-weet. Sunnyside sets the stage at the Ken.... Ruby Room’ll rock it Dirty Sweet Saturday night. The local barroom rockers took a spin through SXSW last week. Check the Space takes from ...of Monarchs and Beggars for a taste. Astra and the Howls up first.... Cello-rocker Melora Creager brings her Brooklyn trio Rasputina to Casbah behind Oh Perilous World. They’ll play an early show with Ruby Throat before Cash’d Out brings back the Man in Black. The Rumblers open the late show.... L.A. indie kids Western States Motel check in at Bar Pink. If you liked and miss Kingsbury Manx, you’ll appreciate the Motel’s joint. Give new EP Painted Birds Flying in the Orange Mirror Sun a spin. Drowning Men cough up an early set.... Elsewheres: Ché stages Bumbklaat, Death Crisis, Abject, and Amongst Wolves...while No One and the Nobodies, Mississippi Man, Old Palominos, and Mothers Sons spill it at Soda Bar.

Sunday 29
Calgary quartet the Women had a hella year behind their Pitchfork-approved eponymous debut. From the mix, critics gleaned VU, Zombies, and, my favorite, “sunny Beach Boys pop dragged into a dark alley and gleefully mutilated.” It’s a recommendable record. Indie artist, and the guy who engineered the record for the Women, Chad VanGaalen, is on the bill. He’s out to tout his new SubPop crit-hit Soft Airplane. French anti-folk duo Herman Dune headlines this quirky Casbah bill.... The Robin Henkel Band and the Tighten Ups bring rock-n-blues stomps to Bar Pink Sunday night.... J.J. Cale and Pieta Brown sold out Belly Up, but if you’re up that way, collegiate noise rockers the Lanterns light up Ché Café with Junius and the Hundred Days.

Monday 30
Gainesville group Less Than Jake hits the beach at Canes Monday night. This third-wave ska tour includes old-skool ragga punks the Expendables and Flatliners.

Tuesday 31
Casbah puts on White Denim Tuesday night. Mmmm. WD was voted Best New Band at last year’s Austin Music Awards, which, as ya know, says a ton about the garage-soul trio. The blog-world hype machine could have done these dudes in after the excitement over their self-released records, but major debut Exposion is a certifiable psych-rock riot. Get to myspace.com/bopenglish and check the vid for “Shake Shake Shake.” Awesome. Apes of Wrath and Nautical Disaster go first.... Down the road, Naw’lins jazzman Branford Marsalis checks in at Anthology for two nights. The post-bop sax man is the whole enchilada: session cat, bandleader, composer, and player. The man’s a jazz icon from a family of icons. You got four shows over two nights to catch it.... Also, Bar Pink books Seattle indie breakouts Friday Mile and Golden Red.

Wednesday 1
It’s Not Me, It’s You. Storied songstress Lily Allen will be in town at House of Blues Wednesday night. The English indie darling got a Grammy nod for her debut Alright, Still, which remains the pop star’s high-water mark, hit-wise. Flip to Will Crain’s Of Note for more on her. And, it’s super strange to type this, but, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head opens the show.... Udderwise: Wirepony, Ex-Friends, and A.M. Vibe play a locals-only bill at Belly Up...hairy thrash-rockers Valient Thorr will conquer Casbah...Beauty Bar books SanDago’s most dangerous duo Ninja Love with Heavy Glow and Golden Animals...and, saving the best for last, S.M. and Spiral Stairs will play an impromptu reunion-like acoustic set at April Fools. Not funny? Whatever.
Barnaby Monk

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