Thursday 8
“Solo cholo” Kid Congo will have his Pink Monkey Birds at, appropriately enough, Bar Pink tonight. Kid Congo Powers is the stage name of journeyman guitarist Brian Tristan, former Cramp, former Gun Club, former Bad Seed. Taste the Space takes off his latest In the Red voodoo rocker Dracula Boots. Greasy, grimy gopher guts, yo. Garage-stomp numerologists Drug Wars will set the stage for this gig to get to.... Texas trio Reverend Horton Heat preaches to the rock-roll choir at House of Blues. The psychobilly saint is out to tout his latest Yep Roc’r, Laughin’ and Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat. Atlanta barroom band Nashville Pussy opens the show.... Another Atlanta band, the Bastard Suns, a quintet of the ska-punk varietal, will dial in at Radio Room.... And Sonoma, CA’s nu-reggae big band Groundation jazzes up dem riddims at Belly Up. DJ Emmanuel will spin round sets there.

Friday 9
Former Luna leaders Dean & Britta have returned to Earth with a whole new electro-folk arrangement: just two. And they do a lot of covers. Wareham fans know it’s all lush and lilting and thoroughly engaging. And Britta Phillips...OMG! Anyway, anyone interested in the Boston/NYC art-rock scene surrounding Galaxie 500 and Luna should check out Wareham’s title Black Postcards. Really good read. They play the Loft at UCSD Friday night. You should go.... More of the lush stuff at Bar Pink, as Tucson chanteuse Marianne Dissard plays the Francophile fare off debut L’entredeux, a Calexico-curated collection.... For those thinking meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy, Austinites ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead roll their latest, The Century of Self, through Casbah behind the Future of the Left.... Soda Bar fills a pop-rock bill with the Hot Toddies, the Modlins, and Foxes.... And local hit Eddie Vedder returns with his band Pearl Jam, which slams on SDSU’s Viejas Arena. Ben Harper opens, and there’s a Target nearby if you want to pick up either of their new discs.

Saturday 10
“Twelve songs, 12 months, 1 goal,” reads the Mae website. The Virginia alt-rock trio is releasing a song a month, each a buck, and all proceeds go to “humanitarian aid.” They’ll visit Soma Saturday night with Locksley, Deas Vail, and Good Morning Milo.... Dead revivalists Dark Star Orchestra hit Mission Beach’s Wave House Saturday night. Doors at 8p.... The Rumble: San Diego climbs in the ring at Casbah with Fitz & the Tantrums, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, and the Blakes. Smart money’s on Lady D. More at myspace.com/therumblefs.

Sunday 11
“Punk as F**k” Andrew Kenny of indie-tastic Texans American Analog Set has a new joint called Wooden Birds. Their Barsuk debut is called Magnolia, and it’s got that AmAnSet vibe, which is a good-to-great thing. The Birds land at Bar Pink with Portland rap-rock trio the Quick and Easy Boys.... Seattle math punks These Arms Are Snakes slither into Casbah with like-minded locals Fever Sleeves. You know what you get when you put snake arms into fever sleeves, kids? Spam Hands, a super-awesome speed-metal uke band from Kenosha. That would be awesome, but they’re not on the bill. You actually get Canadian collective dd/mm/yyyy, and they’re pretty awesome too.... Long Island indie act As Tall as Lions has a Billboard hit with their latest arena-pop record You Can’t Take It with You. The Lions’ll den at House of Blues with tour mates Mutemath.... And Soma stages Florida pop-punks a Day to Remember with Aussie act Parkway Drive.

Monday 12
Melodic minimalists Christmas Island will drop their In the Red debut disc Blackout Summer at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up this week. Check the indie kids’ sunny punk sounds at myspace.com/xmasisland. The Intelligence and Wounded Lion are also on the bill.... Outlaw poet Steve Earle will play a solo show at Belly Up. The Grammy winner’s last studio gig was playing on and producing Joan Baez’s comebacker Day After Tomorrow, a real cool covers collection for folk-rock fans.... Monday-night mentionables: Electronicat Moby washes up at House of Blues...and NYC band Bowery Boy Blue joins Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! at Ruby Room.

Tuesday 13
British trip-hopper Mike Skinner brings the Streets to Belly Up Tuesday night. The artist has had a bit of a critical and commercial slide since his ‘04 hit A Grand Don’t Come for Free, and word is he’s got something “ravey” in the works. Oh, Mike. Nosaj Thing and Hey Champ will set the Solana Beach stage.... Death-metal doods Black Dahlia Murder bury Soma Tuesday night hot on the heels of their new Metal Blade record Deflorate. It means deflower.... And Nomeansno. The Canadian math-core crew joins fellow Canuck garage-punks Pack A.D. and like-minded locals Long and Short of It at Casbah.

Wednesday 14
Still tix at this typing for the Jesus Lizard at Casbah. Un-freaking-believable, San Diego. Last Tuesday Touch & Go released a remastered Down. With bonus tracks. Why don’t you go wrap your mitts around that piece of art-punk perfection, clear Wednesday night, and get on the stick for a ticket? Jesus Lizard. Casbah. Nothing else matters. Oh, except that the ripping Model/Actress opens the show, and they are also Club Crawler–tested, Club Crawler–approved.
Barnaby Monk

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