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Thursday 29
Chi-town sludge-rock quartet Pelican alights at Casbah tonight. The instrumental act aims for your eardrums on their fourth for Southern Lord Records, What We All Come to Need. Bay Area band Black Cobra and art-core crew Sweet Cobra slither in to set the stage. (Cobra might be this year’s Wolf).... Jersey pogo punks the Bouncing Souls have been on the road for over 20 years. They’ll visit House of Blues behind the culmination of their 20th Anniversary Series, which has been dropped digitally and piecemeal. Broadway Calls and Bayside share the bill.... Eric B.’s other half Rakim raps at Canes tonight. The borough o’ Queens MC is touring in support of his third solo flow The Seventh Seal.... And there’s more hip-hop to be had at Belly Up, where half of rap group Blackalicious, Gift of Gab, joins Deep Rooted and Addiquit at the Solana Beach hot spot.... Uptown, Bar Pink books indie-pop experimentalists Finn Riggins from Idaho and, from “Pain Zone, CA,” Zion Laser Strike...while In the Red trio Black Time bring their “heavy vampire sounds” to Ken Club.

Friday 30
The NYC art-pop act Dirty Projectors will screen a set at Birch North Park Theatre. This brainchild of Brooklyn recording artist Dave Longstreth features San Diego native and former Sleeping Peep Amber Coffman. And in case you hadn’t heard, the collective’s '09 offering Bitte Orca is just about every indie critic’s pick for best-of so far this year. It’s fancy, all right.... Staying uptown, at Whistle Stop you got country-fried barroom rock courtesy of the Deere Johns and Bartender’s Bible...and Radio Room will dial in Monsters from Mars for your Halloween Eve entertainment. Behind the Wagon and Beta Lion set the stage there.... Here’s a trip-treat bill: Sam Simkoff’s electro-folk five-piece Le Loup (Wash D.C.), Portland indie-pop trio Nurses, and our own odd-pop quartet Cuckoo Chaos at Casbah. It’s a sort-of homecoming for Nurses.... At the new swank Balboa Theatre downtown, Art Power presents the literate and hilarious David Sedaris, who as far as I know doesn’t do anything musical except for the occasional whistle through that adenoidal nose of his. My astute proofer tells me Sedaris does a convincing impression of “Lady Day” Billie Holiday.

Saturday 31
Happy Halloween. Neighborhood watering hole Whistle Stop has a fun-filled party bill featuring math-y experimentalists Kill Me Tomorrow and ex-Sess cats the Beaters, with DJ Claire spinning round sets. The Stop’s annual ‘Ween is a treat, no trick!... Up at Ken Club, SoCal psych-pop animal the Donkeys bray from their Dead Oceans grower Living on the Other Side. Take a taste at donkeysongs.com. New to SD, John Foothillsband sets the stage with their own string-and-sing haunts.... Night Marchers and Creepy Creeps fill your spook-rock bill at Casbah. Seattleites the Black Whales will warm the room.... and Soma stages a melodic metal monster for all-agers. Check this bold type: Seconds From Disaster, Vanguard, As They Burn Alive, Murder on the Dancefloor — deep breath — With Liberty, Remains Forgotten, L’Amore, and Antietam.

Sunday 1
Tokyo noise-rock combo Melt Banana will melt faces at Casbah with L.A. bass-and-drum bad asses Big Business — the dudes backing Melvins Buzzo and Dale these days. The bar’s got your earplugzzz.... Bar Pink bills Crash Encore and Austinites Always Already for an electroclash Sunday-nighter.... Stones tribbers Dead Flowers and local power-poppers a Dull Science play a Challenge Center charity at 4th&B. The Corvelles, Ronnie Peer, and Mason James will set the downtown stage at this costumes-and-auctions event. A big t’do.

Monday 2
From Russia with love, Mumiy Troll land at Casbah with Oakland-based Persephone’s Bees for an Anti-Monday night of alt-pop in foreign tongues.... Belly Up books animal acts Minus the Bear, Twin Tigers, and Antlers (maybe Antlers is this year’s Wolf).... Radio-ready rockers the Bravery have a new disc on the docks called Stir the Blood. Sales say you like it. Living Things and the Dustys will open their show at House of Blues.

Tuesday 3
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros are a great big psych-folk affair from Los Angeles. Their homespun debut Up From Below has got the attention of them late-night talk-show street-cred pimps who’ve televised another something sacred to its mediocre mean. Anyway, they play Belly Up with the Deadly Syndrome and Family of the Year for a night of madly clamorous clatter.... J-Pop girl group Shonen Knife stick it to Casbah with SanFran garage-rock man Ty Segall.... While downtown 91X hosts indie-rock breakouts Airborne Toxic Event at House of Blues with fellow Los Angelinos the Henry Clay People and rock-n-soul quartet Red Cortez.

Wednesday 4
Your hump-night highlight has to be Dinosaur Jr. at Belly Up, si? You still spinning Farm? Good for you. I catch the odd track on the good radio station now and again. The trio still kills it live. Dinosaur bassist Lou Barlow will play a set for a double dose of the Sebadude. And the Missing Men — who also feature a pretty good bassist — will set the Solana Beach stage for the bill to beat this week.... Else: loud-ass country-western rockers Lucero ride on Casbah behind their new crit pick 1372 Overton Park...Ruby Room in Hillcrest stages some out-of-towners, with Still Flyin’ from the Bay Area and Yellow Fever from Austin. Local hosts the Dabbers and Lion Cut up first...and nu-jazz pioneer Jean-Luc Ponty lands his cosmic violin at Anthology, where the French fusionist will bow for two shows at 7:30 and 10p.
Barnaby Monk

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