The White Buffalo roams into Casbah Thursday night.
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Thursday 15
According to the Wik, white buffalo are American bison considered sacred signs in several Native American religions. Last.fm says White Buffalo’s “a throwback to the time of hard-touring, hard-drinking artists who lived what they sang about.” That’s the one. The solo-rolling folkie’s family name is Jake Smith, and he carries a guitar and a tune like all of the above. I read an online review by a guy named Ben Salmon who called Smith’s voice “canyon deep and sequoia strong — makes Eddie Vedder sound like Bobby Brady going through puberty.” Good one, Ben. The White Buffalo roams into Casbah tonight behind this year’s Lost and Found EP. Like-minded locals River City and April Ventura and the Magnolias up first.... “Who’s the loneliest Monk?” Joshua White is. The San Diego pianist placed second in this year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The jazz cat’ll kill the keys at one of the tastiest spaces in Little Italy, 98 Bottles. White will be accompanied by bassist Edwin Livingston with Dan Schnelle on the hides.... Uptown: she’s a little bit country, a little bit jazz and blues — rootsy cutie Nena Anderson and the Mules will be at Bar Pink...while Soda Bar sets up L.A. electro-pop act Standing Shadows with rock-n-soul quartet Black Party Politics and local power-pop trio Neon Cough.

Friday 16
...I’ll stay with you till my seeds are dried uuuuup. Local rock-roll luminary Mike Keneally will join Kofi Baker (yup, Ginger’s son) and bad-ass bassist Robbie Pagliari (Ohm) to bring Cream tribute Extreme Cream to Brick by Brick Friday night. The Brett Ellis Band splits the bill in Bay Park...where, right ’round the bend, Joey Harris and the Mentals will feed your barroom-rock munchies at Tio Leo’s. If you’ve never checked in at the cantina-cum-rock spot, it’s a fun space with healthy pours and lots of greazy treats to keep the buzz legal.... Hipsters can’t dance, but they sure look kewl trying. Mr. Tube and Rafter will be shooting dub and dance-pop bullets at all them left feet at Casbah Friday night.... Up the big hill, psych-rock quartet Pilots land at Tin Can Ale House. Animal Eyes (Portland) and Hotel St. George check in first.... North County metal-core crew As I Lay Dying takes the stage at Soma on their Decade of Destruction tour. For ten years this Metal Blade band has just been killing it. I donut have last year’s Powerless Rise, but can recommend the Grammy-nominated Ocean Between Us to fans of the brand.... Speaking of hard-working SanDagans, Belly Up books Poway punk-pop bands Unwritten Law and Black Pacific (ex-Pennywise).... Uptown, it’ll be funk ’n’ soul brothers the Styletones blowing up skirts at Bar Pink...indie-rock “jamb” band Cuckoo Chaos and Keith Milgaten’s electro-pop side Jamuel Saxon plug in at Soda Bar...punk-rawkers Billy Bones and the Last Years turn up at Til-Two...and SD alt-rock act One I Red plays a CD-release thing at Eleven with Long Beach spaghetti-western wizard rockers Bella Novella in support.

Saturday 17
One of my favorite hard-rock singers, Chris Cornell, will take the stage at the Balboa Theatre downtown. He’s out to tout this year’s acoustic-live comp Songbook.

Chris Cornell delivers his Songbook to Balboa Theatre.

Chris Cornell delivers his Songbook to Balboa Theatre.

Dude’s done no wrong (musically speaking) in that near 30-year career — Soundgarden, Temple, Audioslave, solo stuff. Even that James Bond track (“You Know My Name”) was the best part of the movie. I was so stoked to get to see Soundgarden again and cannot f-ing wait for the new record, which the band says picks up where 1996’s Down on the Upside left off. It’s due to drop next spring.... Got a hankering for some accordion jams? Well buff your boots, ese, as L.A.’s Very Be Careful will bring last year’s cumbia classico Escape Room to the Ken Club. The up-and-coming San Diego trio Cumbia Machin will split the bill.... Surf-jazz sibs Mattson 2 will be on the one at 98 Bottles. Check out the band’s Feeling Hands for a primer.... Right down the road, Casbah hosts a 25-year reunion deal for the old Pink Panther crowd, featuring Deadbolt, Manual Scan, and the Amandas. With a new year rolling in, it’d be a good night to go say hey to some old friends.... Best of the rest has L.A. grindcore gang Graf Orlock at the Ché Café with Dangers, Grievers, and Negative Standards...Blackfeet Braves, Nefertitti’s Nile, and Shiva Trash fill a garage-rock bill at Tin Can Ale House...while carnival-ride rockers Burning of Rome join December residents Short Eyes this week out at Tower Bar.

Sunday 18
It'll be Full Speed Ahead at Ruby Room, where D.R.I. still stands for Dirty Rotten Imbeciles.

D.R.I. digs a pit at Ruby Room Sunday night.

D.R.I. digs a pit at Ruby Room Sunday night.

The Texas quartet melded hardcore and metal in the mid ’80s on punk essential Dealing with It, which makes my list (the long list, anyway) for desert-island discs. The thrashcore crossovers’ current world tour will tuck in at the Hillcrest hideaway Sunday night with Tim Raldo and his Filthy Fuks.... Else: NYC klezmer krew the Klezmatics will be at Anthology behind this year’s Live at Town Hall. (Everybody should have a live klezmer record in their rack)...and Ziggy Shuffledust dons his Bowie best while Jane’s Diction does nothing shocking at Casbah. It’s Shuffler’s annual yearly birthday bash. (Testing the copyeditor.) (Fuck off, Barnaby. Big jerk.)

Monday 19
After a couple solo discs, local indie hits Rob Crow and Zach Smith (Systems Officer) reform as Pinback to play Belly Up with art-punx Ghetto Blaster.

Local indie hits Pinback play Belly Up on Monday.

Local indie hits Pinback play Belly Up on Monday.

Pinback’s due to drop and will probably premiere its next Temporary Residence disc, Information Retrieved. That dealio’s due “early 2012”.... Tin Can Ale House stages Bay Area experimental bands Kitchen Wallet, Orgasmatron (ex-Ancient Crux, Vaginals), and Former Friends of Young Americans. You wouldn’t believe how many bands there are called “Orgasmatron,” from, like, every corner of the globe. What strange device is this?

Tuesday 20
For the love of gawd, go finish your holiday shopping.

Wednesday 21
From the O.C., “psychedelic hip-hop punk-rock” septet the Kottonmouth Kings slither into Belly Up behind fan-friendly Christmas collection Hidden Stash: Bongloads & B-Sides.

Rapcore crew Kottonmouth Kings slither into Belly Up behind Bongloads & B-Sides.

Rapcore crew Kottonmouth Kings slither into Belly Up behind Bongloads & B-Sides.

The compilation dropped just this side of KK’s last studio set, this summer’s Sunrise Sessions, which found the Kings dipping a little deeper into reggae roots and dub. Sin City rapper Big B and our own Sprung Monkey swing in first.... Cityside: Old Soul’s Stevie & the Hi-Stax will funk up Bar Pink...as Rosie toasts old-school ponk at SD:Dialed In’s Fast Crowd Christmas, featuring the Bertos, International Dipshit, and the Last Years. I’m in.
Barnaby Monk

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