Bay Area bad boy Too $hort rolls up on Canes tonight. The 43-year-old rapper has had a comeback with early hits “The Ghetto” and “Gettin’ It” becoming anthems for gamers who roll Grand Theft Auto. Shorty broke in the early ‘80s and was one of the Billboard gangstas (along with Diddy, B.I.G., Jay Z, and Snoop) to bust into MTV’s pop-rock-dominated format. In Vegas last week, Too Short was incarcerated for DUI and possession of marijuana. Assuming he made bail, he’ll be rocking the beach bar with local reggae rapper Samoan Irok.... A family affair at Belly Up has ‘70s rock-radio hit-maker Eddie Money (“Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight”) and his daughter Jesse sh-sh-shakin’ the Solana Beach hotspot. Jesse’s been part of Dad’s road show since she was a toddler. Nowadays, she’s singing the Ronnie Spector backing parts and taking a couple of numbers on her own. As part of the MTV reality series Rock the Cradle, Jesse finished last. Ouch.... And you’ve got two more nights, tonight and tomorrow, of jazz cats Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White at Little Italy supper club Anthology. This hot-numbers combo is playing two shows a night, one at limo-o’clock and one at cab-o’clock.
“We will...we will...soft rock you!” Uptown sees Ron Fountenberry’s folktronica quartet the SoftLightes making a rare hometown stop at the Whistle Stop in South Park. The San Diego ex-pats (L.A.) are putting the finishing touches on a new collection possibly called Captain Broken Heart Fights the Infinite Summer. With DJ Robin Roth in the booth, should be a good’n.... Chi-town troupe Yourself and the Air will be filling up Bar Pink behind last year’s Friend of All Breeds, a lighter-than-helium indie-pop collection that smacks of a more modest Modest Mouse and Shins...and Ruby Room checks into Hotel St. George, whose full-length debut City Boy Lemon has garnered the up-and-coming quartet some SDMA nods.... Upcounty, Raconteur Brendan Benson joins the Truckee Brothers at Belly Up. Benson’s fourth solo effort, My Old Familiar Friend, was released last month to critical coos and commercial cha-ching! “A Whole Lot Better” is the collection’s go-to track and the song everyone’ll be singing along with in Solana Beach.... Way way waaaay up there, in the high desert over Joshua Tree, in a little place called Pioneertown, at a barn-cum-dancehall called Pappy and Harriet’s, Camper Van Campout No. 5 kicks up dust under the starlight. Highlights this year’re Clem Snide, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Monks of Doom (!!!), Dawes, and a’course, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. If you’ve never been, you must. Could this be the year?
House of Blues was set to host U.K. alt-pop act Maxïmo Park and local lark Ray Raposa’s Castanets, but thankfully that totally odd couple has been nixed. But and however, Raposa’s Texas Rose, the Thaw, and the Beasts is due to drop via Asthmatic Kitty next week, and his Castanets will kick off their support tour in Europe at the end of the month.... From Fort Worth, experimental folkies Telegraph Canyon ride into Bar Pink for the bar’s “Ray @ Nite rock ‘n’ roll stew.” The septet’s out to tout Into the Woods, a collection that has the space and warmth of early Morning Jacket. This’ll be the sleeper set this weekend, the one we’ll be talking about Monday morning.... Brooklyn pair Kaiser Cartel (that’s Courtney Kaiser and Ben Cartel) have an appointment at Beauty Bar. “We’ve been compared to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris,” says Ben. “We’re more like Lucy and Ricky.” Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo’s new one is called March Forth. Check it out at myspace.com/kaisercartel. Tasty. Hello Drama and Charles Musket in support.... Everyone’s favorite collaborator Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QotSA, Greg Dulli, Isobel Campbell) is on the road with English beats the Soulsavers, an eclectic electric duo well versed in rock ‘n’ soul. Their new one, Broken, features Lanegan on vocals. Check out their cover of Will Oldham’s “You Will Miss Me When I Burn.” The Soulsavers will show you the way at Casbah with Highland Park hottie Jonneine Zapata and Aussie ambients Red Ghost.... Texas trip-hopper Devin the Dude will be out at Canes, continuing the club’s conversion to SD’s house of hip-hop. ‘Bout time someone filled that bill.... Soda Bar stages Saturday’s loud-n-fast fare with Long and Short of It, Rats Eyes, and Warez.... While granola goof Dave Matthews and contempo Christians Switchfoot play the big ticket at the Cricket.
There will be one sonic Sunday-nighter at Radio Room, as SanFran industrial band Ascension E.X. jacks in with “electro-goths” from Spain Larva and like-minded Los Angelinos Starmachines.... The featured bout at Casbah’s “Rumble San Diego” is between Lanterns, United State of Electronica, and the Jakes. Don’t know if this is full contact, but it’s free. And early at 6p.
“I bet you look good on the dancefloor.” From Sheffield, England (or somewhere thereabouts), the Mercury prizewinning Arctic Monkeys swing into Soma, kicking off their U.S.-domination tour right here in America’s Finest! The Mercury prize, from what I gather, is like an American Grammy. So, big whup, roight? Don’t dismiss the lads so fast, though. Domino last month released their third proper called Humbug, and it’s on all the hit crits’ lists, which means that either the cheez whizzes are aging nicely or they’ve got one helluva promo team. I dunno which — you know I’m lactose intolerant.
The Loft lists a doozie Tuesday, featuring Chairlift, the Brooklyn band that does that precious Apple jingle — “I tried to do handstands for you...” The song is called “Bruises,” and it’s catapulted these kids. Brit trip-hoppers Micachu and the Shapes supposedly set the stage, and they’re really interesting, but I can’t find proof if it’s for reals, so you do the legwork, wouldja?... Tel Avivian (?) thrash-rock trio Monotonix join very polite punks Christmas Island and Anavan at Casbah.... And folk-pop singer-songer Mason Jennings checks into Belly Up for a pair Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Minnesotan’s out in support of his latest, In the Ever. He’ll be joined both nights by like-minded L.A. act the Crash Kings.
Squeeeeezing in your hump-night highlights: Throw Me the Statue hurls its indie-pop heaviosity into the Loft behind this year’s step-up Creaturesque.... Jersey boys Gaslight Anthem hit House of Blues with Murder by Death.... Seattle shoegazers Levator join Roxy Jones at Soda Bar.... And power-pop rocks the Cricket Wednesday when blink-182, Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, and Asher Roth fill a Teen Beat fantasy bill. Now get out.
— Barnaby Monk