Soda Bar sets up freakout rock 'n' soul collective Acid Mothers Temple on Thursday night.
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Thursday 12
Tinnitus will unite us when masters of the psych-rock universe Acid Mothers Temple land at Soda Bar. Led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto, the freakout rock ’n’ soul collective this year released a jazz-chopped wink at Miles Davis, Son of a Bitches Brew. It’s not only the most listenable record they’ve put out in their nearly 20 years — with your head held at just the right angle, it can be downright addictive. I’m equally excited to check out openers Phantom Family Halo, a Brooklyn-via-Louisville “post-metal state of ungodly loudness” led by Slint/For Carnation guitarist Michael McMahan. PFH last year released a gem in the country-goth Mind-eater EP, which more than one music scribe described as spooked-out Palace Music with slide; in fact, Palace Brother Will Oldham appears on a few tracks. You can check that out at the Knitting Factory Records website right after you secure tickets to these must-see sets.... Miss the door to that sonic psychotherapy session, haul it across town to Tin Can Ale House where our own aural experimentalists Batwings and Innerds join Seattleites Haunted Horses and White Coward to fill a face-melting bill at the Bankers Hill bar. And don’t not grab a sammy from the Doods Foods dudes when the beer munchies kick in — wicked delicious.... Around downtown, you got some fluffy stuff at Casbah, which installs Chairlift, a synthy pop duo from Brooklyn that one of the Of-Noters Of-Noted for ya, so flip or click to that for the poop...and 4th&B digs up Zeds Dead. They’re a Toronto-based dubstep duo (DC and Hooks) touring in support of this year’s Rumble in the Jungle, which, apparently, “bangs.”

Friday 13
“Busting Up a Starbucks,” singer/songsmith Mike Doughty, the baritoned bard behind trip-hop hits Soul Coughing, will play Anthology Friday night. In January, Doughty released double-live disc The Question Jar Show (2012), which compiled the best takes from his Question Jar tour, wherein Doughty played acoustic sets as a duo with cellist “Scrap” Livingston, covering requests and answering questions fans dropped into a jar....

The baritone bard behind Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty, appears at Anthology on Friday night.

The baritone bard behind Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty, appears at Anthology on Friday night.

Keeping it old-school, you got ’80s new-wave radio staples Bow Wow Wow out at Brick by Brick...and from Huntington Beach, roll-back skate punks Guttermouth down at Casbah with Atoms/Watusis bassist Branden Parish’s new joint Sculpins. Jay got the down-low on Sculpins in Blurt a couple weeks back, if yer innerested: sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/mar/21/blurt3/.... And it wouldn’t be a Friday the 13th if we didn’t have a few rocky-horror shows ’round town. You can get down with the Creepy Creeps’ haunted Hammond at Bar Pink or roll up to Ché Café, which’ll stage surf-rockers Monsters from Mars with the Natives.... If you’re sitting out the big t’do in the desert this year, the Griffin is putting on a coupla Coachella cover bands, as Radiohedz join the Blackest Keys at the Bay Park bar. Knock back a couple of shots and squint — see, it’s just like being there, except for the indoor plumbing.... Else: up-and-coming rock ’n’ soul quartet Hills Like Elephants lumber into Whistle Stop behind the Darrows...while Sac-town punk-rock trio Boats dock at Tower Bar after Shark Blood and Shiva Trash.

Saturday 14
San Diego son Billy Shaddox has been up in Salt Lake City, playing and recording solo-like, but he’ll be back home for a bit, which means one of our favorite roots-rock outfits and 2008 SDMA winners for best Americana record (Don’t Get Your Hopes Up) Billy Midnight’s going to find a stage someplace. Looks like they’ll land at Ruby Room in Hillcrest with that other reunion-ready indie-rock act, their friends and cohorts Rookie Card.... From NYC, DFA discopunks the Rapture hit the Irenic in North Park. The trio’s touring in support of last year’s In the Grace of Your Love, which conjures “both the cheesy and dense sides of early-’80s new wave,” according to the Onion’s AV Club. Beehive and the Barracudas go first. These greazy garage-rock SD staples are worth the price of admission at the all-ages show.... Else: Goth-pop bassman David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) will play Brick by Brick behind his latest, Not Long for This World. Valentino Frankenstein up first...dance-pop playa Rafter will be downtown at the El Dorado, where DJs Gabe Vega and Keith Sweaty will be spinning ’round sets...hardcore hits Coda Reactor and Oddball split a CD-release bill at Eleven...Skillet’s North County ska-punk big band Oceanside Sound System will pack the stage at Shakedown...and Nashville folkies David Mayfield Parade march into the Loft at UCSD.

Sunday 15
Early at Eleven (5p), you get barbecued food and barroom rock by Phantoms, Jet Kill Radio, and the Cutaways. All for the low, low price of free.... Then, SanFran electro-pop band the Frail will be at North Park hot spot Bar Pink.... Harlem-based blues great Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, aka Taj Mahal, graces the stage at Belly Up.... San Diego’s jazz ’n’ blues–grooves dudes Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers will play the backroom at 98 Bottles.... And from Riverside, five-man band the Devastated delivers the death metal off of this year’s Devil’s Messenger to Brick by Brick.

Monday 16
Int’l pub-rockers Elvis Costello and the Imposters will help kick off this season’s sets out at Humphrey’s by the Bay. That one’s sold out, unless you got a dinghy, brah. And room for one more?... If not, that new-wave prof. Thomas Dolby will be blinding them with science at Little Italy supper club Anthology...while a gypsy-swinging-serenading-firebreathing Caravan of Thieves brings sideshow rock to the Griffin.

Tuesday 17
Nostalgic for the ’90s? Yuck is back at Casbah, bending (and sometimes breaking) the best of indie’s brief history. Weened on Weezer and Pavement, these British kids have a knack for the past. La Sera opens the show....

Casbah stages nostalgic Brit indie kids Yuck.

Casbah stages nostalgic Brit indie kids Yuck.

More ’90s? Another good one, as the elder Oasis brother Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds land at the Balboa Theatre behind their hit s/t disc.... The evening’s ultimate throwback, though, goes to British ska-pop band Madness, which will take the stage at Humphrey’s by the Bay. Thirty-five years and counting for the brassy big band, and from tour reports, they still kill it live.

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