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Thursday 19
SanFran alt-folk band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down get down to Casbah tonight. Singer-guitarist Thao Nguyen is a Lilith Fair survivor, deprogrammed by Slim Moon and his Kill Rock Stars label. The trio is out to tout their sophomore set, Know Better Learn Faster, a propulsive mope-pop collection built around tin beats and a rattling acoustic. It’s Thao Nguyen’s voice, though, that colors the canvas in striking tones. Give an ear here: myspace.com/thaomusic. They’re on tour with the Portland Cello Project and David Schultz.... Bay Park nightspot Brick by Brick brings in rapper Raekwon “the Chef.” The Wu-Tang dude is hip-hopping across the country in support of solo joint Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II. This is the long-awaited follow-up to his debut, a platinum Billboard crossover that put him at the top of the charts in a couple of categories. The club’s got a whole bunch more in store on this big ticket, including Skyzoo, Queen Yonasda, Daygo Boyz, Out of Control, Even Keel, Balian, G Evans, and Illitary.... Radio Room dials up Gabey D’Schiavone’s throwback punk act New American Mob. We pub’d an interview with this cat a couple of months back. Catch up here: sandiegoreader.com/news/2009/ sep/02/blurt3/. With Anarcock, Die Sabotage, and Youth Envy, this one’s a locals-only barn-burner.... Soma stages the Atticus Tour, featuring Temecula-based emo-core crew Finch, who are set to jet to the Pacific Rim following the show. Screamos Bless the Fall headline, while Drop Dead Gorgeous, Of Mice and Men, and Let’s Get It warm the room.... Native Hawaiian uke shredder Jake Shimabukuro takes the stage at Anthology. You can check the 33-year-old’s chops on his new comprehensive collection Live, on which Jake plays an M.J. medley that includes a surreal take on “Thriller.”

Friday 20
House of Blues hosts How the West Was Won, featuring Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Dago Braves, and the Hustle Boys. Snoop’s set to drop his tenth set, Malice in Wonderland, just in time for Christmas. And D-o-double-g’s been shilling Ditka’s NFL Doghouse show. Check this bit of embarrassment: youtube.com/ watch?v=SsZh7UzqEPw.... Barroom-rocking baby dolls Chelsea Girls are back to kick it at Brick by Brick. These L.A. ladies feature former members of Nashville Pussy, the Donnas, and Hole, and they kill this club. Electric Dynamite, My Elysian, and Circa Now set the stage.... Jazzman Joe Sample settles in at Anthology for four sets over two nights. The 70-year-old pianist-composer was one of the masterminds behind avant-jazz troupe the Jazz Crusaders, and he’s rolled tape with the cream of the bebop crop.... Oklahoma-based Americana act Stoney LaRue and the Arsenals hit O.B. mainstay Winstons.... Fem-bots dance with ro-bots when electronic novelty act Alpha Channel checks in at Ken Club with like-minded locals Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra.

Saturday 21
Casbah fills an electro-punk bill Saturday night, propping current, former, and future flavors-of-the-month Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, and io echo, respectively. This month’s flavor, U.K. duo the Big Pink, have a hot-topic platter, A Brief History of Love, out on indie stalwart 4AD. According to the experts at Pitchfork: “a study in the enormity of sound.” Okay, moving on, please note that the Big Pink will spin an in-store DJ set at M-Theory earlier in the day. Have you been supporting your independent record seller?... Young Republican Whigs invade Soma with the Features and Dead Trees. The Whigs are a trio from Athens, GA, that plays greazy Southern-fried garage pop. Yum. They are on the ATO label where they have one in the hopper, In the Dark, for early 2010 release. In the mean, satisfy yourself with last year’s Mission Control, a surefire party platter.... Fullerton-based punk revivalists the Adolescents headline a punk-rock riot at Brick by Brick. Fifteen bucks gets you sets by Channel 3, Negative Trend, and D.P.I.... There’s some other stuff: Revenge Club, the Mice, the Infants, and Gertrudestein fill a good-time garage punk bill at the Ken...World Beat Center brings in Bob’s boys Julian and Stephen Marley to re-vibe the round room...Grammy-winning nu-classicists eighth blackbird alight at the Loft at UCSD...and singer-songwriter Brenton Wood brings back “the Oogum Boogum Man” at 4th&B.

Sunday 22
You’re going to have to be selective Sunday night, as you got the Black Crowes landing at House of Blues behind their new live takes on Before the Frost...Until the Freeze, a critical risk that’s paying off for the Robinsons.... Last of the true-blue Deltas B.B. King and his trusted guitar Lucille roll into Belly Up. Turn to Ron Dhanifu’s “Yo, DJ!” selection for more on the living legend.... Queens burrough’s Beatnuts will rock the mics at Brick by Brick. The hip-hop duo of Juju and Psycho Les are touring in support of this year’s Planet of the Crates. Zoolay, Miki Vale & Kandy Cole, and Brendan B are also on the bill. (Check out Brick by Brick bogartin’ Crawler slots this week!).... Soda Bar draws a draught of eclectic indie pop with Red Pony Clock, Paddle Boat, Little White Teeth, and Black Mamba. That’s, like, the Chex Mix sets of the week.... And it’s girls’ night at Casbah, as kooky songbirds Jill Sobule and Erin McKeown take the midtown stage. Sobule’s the original “I Kissed a Girl” girl.

Monday 23
Been looking forward to this Monday-nighter at the Ché Café, as the college club gets Kansas indie-folk outfit Old Canes, who are out behind their new Saddle Creek set Feral Harmonic. There’s a decent piece on Chris Crisci (Appleseed Cast) and the band here: popmatters.com/pm/feature/115328-20-questions-old-canes/. “Customers who bought this also bought Iron & Wine, the Complete Sixth Season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Collector’s Edition.” That pretty much sums ‘em up.... For you Anti-Monday diehards, Casbah cages N.Y.C. post-punks Elefant along with local nu-wavers Long Live Logos and Latin rock ‘n’ soul quintet Lyon Crowns.

Tuesday 24
I got nada.

Wednesday 25
Vancouver noise-pop duo Japandroids and West Palm indie kids Surfer Blood wash up at Casbah for the gig to get to this week. Japandroids this year released an indie-crit hit in Post-Nothing. Get to their Space page for a taste of frenetic killer “Young Hearts Spark Fire.” Surfer Blood play blown smart-pop that imagines Shins with the faders pegged. Their debut long-player Astro Coast isn’t due to drop till next January, but the quartet killed at CMJ last month and have been touring with Art Brut and Jay R. Read more about the up-and-comers here: Pitchfork News.... From Mexico City, Café Tacuba’s 20th Anniversary Tour hits House of Blues. The quartet won Grammys on both sides of the border for 2007 breakthrough Sine. With no new material, I could write that they’re still riding the Sine wave, but I won’t.
Barnaby Monk

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