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Thursday 1
After checking into The Rose Hotel, Robert Earl Keen’s brand-new batch of country-fried folk, you can check out the Texas troubadour hisself, as he visits House of Blues with our own Americana surf cat Alex Woodard.... Anthology celebrates ex-Waterboy and gushing “green” guy Karl Wallinger’s World Party (“Ship of Fools”) tonight. The Brit-pop band has a set yet to drop this year, but fans are sure to get a preview of what’s new at World Party HQ.... Tom Waits loves him some Jolie Holland. Her ‘04 disc Escondida ruined the alt-country bell curve that year and got her nominated for a Shortlist prize. The Houston heart-wringer will strum-n-hum at the Acoustic Music San Diego showcase tonight, which is at 4650 Mansfield Street off Adams in Normal Heights.... L.A.’s electronic-pop eccentric Daedelus Darling plugs in at Casbah. The laptopper’s out to tout last year’s Love to Make Music To. Jogger comes in first.

Friday 2
Campus collective Ché Café has the hot fours Friday night. The bill reads like a preview of this fall’s Art Fag Fest (more on that humdinger t’come), featuring Dum Dum Girls, the Crocodiles, Best Coast, and Pearl Harbour. For you indie-rock ostriches, DDG is Kristin from Grand Ole Party and Crocodile hubby Brandon Welchez. Check ‘em out: myspace.com/dumdumgirls. Their retro-pop palette has all the right colors — “the Ronettes play J&MC.” DDG’s debut comp cassette (?!) Blissed Out will be out “soon” via Art Fag Recordings. Latest info, clips, and pix at Stereogum and BrooklynVegan.... House of Blues hosts classic-rawk Kiwi Pip Brown, aka Ladyhawke, and Seattle’s bizarrely named artsy electronica duo Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head.... Psycho’s son Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Matador’s new “lawnchair chariot riders” the Cave Singers and British Columbia couple Lightning Dust fill a jangle-pop bill at Casbah, while Drew Andrews plays the Atari.... Alsos: beachside bar Canes hits heavy with Prong, Soulfly, Cattle Decapitation, and Mutiny Within...dance-pop experimentalists Fing’ll be out at the Ken...punky pinups A Dull Science will drop their full-length debut What Were We Thinking? on Soma...and the Reckless Ones, a psychobilly trio from Minnesota, headline this week’s Rockabilly Shakeout at the Ruby Room.

Saturday 3
Sometime Stones side vocalist Bernard Fowler headlines Brick by Brick Saturday night. Bernie’s been belting behind Mick for about 20 years, so who better to sing his praises: “[Bernard] can sing for ages.... He can easily keep up with me.” This hella triple bill includes San Diego supergroup Midnight Rivals (ex-Lucy’s, -Louies, and -Rocket) and funk-n-soul junkies the Styletones.... Tighten up yer chin wigs and dust off the Lee Van Cleefs, as there’s a big birthday bash for Stevie Ray Vaughan at Belly Up Saturday night, featuring Alan Iglesias & Crossfire. If you haven’t seen this cat claw a six-string and you’re ANY kind of fan, get there and spill one for SRV.... Real quick with best of the rest: indie rocker David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) splits a bill with fellow Seattleites Say Hi (Say Hi to Your Mom) at Casbah...longtime local alt-rockers Superunloader unload on Radio Room...funky simians Wise Monkey swing into Winstons, and that shit’s free, O.B...Agua Dulce fills the Ken with Latin dance jams...Andre Nikatina, the Bay Area bad boy known as Dre Dog, rocks the mic at Canes behind O-town crew Souls of Mischief...and Soma throws a benefit for the kids who crashed their tour truck a couple of weeks back, A City Serene. Obviously, they won’t play, but tons of bands are turning out. Where to go for the down low: somasandiego.com.

Sunday 4
Got a solid if spooky Sunday-nighter for you kids. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is a country-rock big band from Denver. They hit in the Southern-gothic tradition of 16 Horsepower and Cormac McCarthy. Their new Alternative Tentacles collection is called Cipher. The sextet rolls into Bar Pink behind like-minded locals Behind the Wagon. If you haven’t heard ‘em or 16 Horsepower or read Cormac McCarthy, perhaps you’d be more int’rested in the next entry.... Casbah rings in School of Seven Bells. You heard about this band: the dude from Texas trio Secret Machines moved to Brooklyn to work with the twin sisters from On! Air! Library! The ‘08 debut is called Alpinisms, and it got hot reviews, at least from the shoegaze dream-pop set. New York beats duo Phantogram sets the stage.

Monday 5
Portland dance band Starfucker synth-pop the Loft at UCSD. The Badman band plays hits for your house party, if your house is resplendent in pastels.... Green Bay plays Minnesota on Monday Night Football. Favre against the Pack. Tap a pony and order up some Pizzeria Luigi, Butch, fuh-the-love-ah-God.

Tuesday 6
The super-sexy Sean Na Na brings his Har Mar Superstar shtick to Casbah Tuesday night, where he’ll burn the boards with the Tighten Ups and Microphone Mike.... “As American as apple pie.” One of the oh-riginal alt-country acts, Little Feat, step into Belly Up behind last year’s Join the Band, a sort of best-of featuring a who’s who list of guest singers from classic-rock radio.... And Winstons punks O.B. with Chi-town quartet Driftless Pony Club and our own “compliment to the Ramones,” Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!

Wednesday 7
Multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk fame and violinist Heather Trost call themselves A Hawk and a Hacksaw. The Albuquerque-based band just released their sixth collection of Gypsy-folk-inspired songs, Délivrance. Two-steppin’ and hoots-n-hollers inspire the duo, so check your inhibitions at the door. Tropicalia tribe Red Pony Clock and Klezmer punx Di Nigunim will set the stage.... Atlanta, GA’s God squad Family Force 5 delivers the Christian crunk of their latest, Dance or Die, to Soma. Go get some of that, you little skinny-jeaned heathen.
Barnaby Monk

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