El Vez will help you put the Elvis back in Christmas Saturday night at Casbah.
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Thursday 20
“Rex Everything” is in town at the Shakedown. Bassist Nick Oliveri has one hell of a heavy-rock résumé, including stints with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Dwarves.

Nick Oliveri plugs in his punk-metal Mondo Generator at Shakedown Thursday night.

Nick Oliveri plugs in his punk-metal Mondo Generator at Shakedown Thursday night.

These days the Palm Desert native is wrecking ear drums with his own punk/metal machine, Mondo Generator. Since ’97, Oliveri et al. have dropped four proper full-lengths, including this year’s Hell Comes to Your Heart, which was recorded at Josh Homme’s Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, marking the first time Homme and Oliveri have traded riffs since their split in ’04. You like it Richter loud and underground fun, hit up the interweb for “The Last Train,” which features Homme on guitar and former Kyuss singer John Garcia. The bill’s a ringer, with loud-ass locals Lord Howler and Revenge Death Ball opening the show.... Miss the door on Midway, Soda Bar sets up dark-pop duo Gloomsday with Wha?, Black Hondo, and Ana...rock ’n’ soul sister Lady Dottie will don her holiday Diamonds out at Tower Bar...and San Diego’s “twin tenors” of jazz sax, Ian Tordello and Gerard Nolan, blow into the Back Room at 98 Bottles.

Friday 21
That’s great it starts with an earthquake, birds, and snakes, and something something something... It’s the end of the world, dontcha know, and nothing could be more apropos than the Burning of Rome playing right through it, as Soda Bar stages “Doomsday.” For those unfamiliar with the BoR, recommend a spin — like, a caliope ride — through this year’s interesting if erratic Like Us. The SDMA winners are stellar songwriters with strong pop form and engaging showmanship, and with the up-and-coming “dirt-pop” combo Short Eyes and alt-pop four-piece Rum for Your Life setting the stage, there’re way worse ways to spend eternity....

Soda Bar stages the Burning of Rome for "Doomsday" Friday.

Soda Bar stages the Burning of Rome for "Doomsday" Friday.

Like, at a days-long Ché Show, with reunited North County post-rockers Japandi as well as Snuffalufagus and Weatherbox and a whole bunch of other bands (Census, Crooks, Mothlight, Nut/Crackers, Asha, Nature’s Kid, Darc Meriso). That thing kicks off at 3p and offers snacks: deep-dish-deadly nachos from Saboteurs Kitchen. And Kool-Aid!... A little farther up the 5, at Suburb O’clock, the folkie-rockie Dead Feather Moon drifts over Belly Up with like-minded locals Heavy Guilt and Trouble in the Wind. Word on the web is that Heavy Guilt’s in-studio, recording number three, is it? So, expect some new tunes from those dudes.... Around town: Latin-techno quintet Kinky joins DJ Mexican Dubwiser at House of Blues...Brick by Brick’s End of the World party has a ton of tat-rock acts — the Strikers, Pig Life, Moose Jaw, Coda Reactor, Youth Martyrs — with an appearance by the Hell on Heels Burlesque babydolls...funk-soul brothers the Styletones will be out at Bar Pink kicking out dance jams...while down at 98 Bottles, acoustic artists will be strummin’ and hummin’ along with Cathryn Beeks and Jeff Berkley of KPRI’s Homegrown Hour. Planned or not, I count exactly 21 folk singers. And Rob Deez.

Saturday 22
Merry Mex-Mas! Local talent Robert Lopez (the Zeros) is El Vez, and every year the man puts the Elvis back in Christmas. Lopez, aka the “Thin Brown Duke,” channels his inner Elvis to deliver a rock-roll smorgasbord that includes (but is never limited to) Bowie, Iggy Pop, T. Rex, Queen, and the Beatles — all, of course, ¡con queso! With the Schitzophonics and Zozo Fiasco opening the show, this bill’s it.... If you miss the door down there, though, Bar Pink books psych-pop throwbacks the Loons with Sidewalk Scene and an Operation:Mindblow liquid light show...Tower Bar hosts the Cholo Punx Xmas Party, featuring Uniform Victor, Junk Poets, the Natives, and Neon Cough...and the Royal Dive up in O’side is turning five, and they’ll be blowing out the candles with some Agent Orange. Ooh-rah. The O.C. punk perennials will split the bill with Chango’s Psychotic Garage, Cooter, and the Fagz.

On Sunday, Casbah presents L.A.'s classic country-fried punk band X.

On Sunday, Casbah presents L.A.'s classic country-fried punk band X.

Sunday 23
L.A. greats X take the stage at Casbah Sunday night. The punk ’n’ roll originals Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake a couple of years back dropped their first Christmas record, Merry Xmas from X, a two-song send-up of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Jingle Bells.” Only X could make them takes sound cool. Austin-based indie hits My Jerusalem, touring in support of this year’s Deep South roots-pulling Preachers, will set the stage.... Northa town, it’ll be a Cash’d Out Christmas at Belly Up, as the men in black celebrate the season with the other JC.

Monday 24
Casbah will stage its long-standing Christmas Eve tradition, Exile on Kettner, as Los Maricones de Rock play Stones covers all night long. Los Maricones are a shapeshifting who’s who of local rock-roll talent, past and present, laying out 50 years of Stones classics and deep cuts. “Down Home Girl!”.... All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth... One-man punk band Toothless George will be at Eleven for his third annual Baby Jesus Birthday Party.

TJ garage-rock mainstays San Pedro el Cortez plays Soda bar Wednesday night.

TJ garage-rock mainstays San Pedro el Cortez plays Soda bar Wednesday night.

Tuesday 25
Merry hangover. Here’s a little list for you last-minute shoppers: my tickets and discs edition! The Who’s Quadrophenia tour is coming to town on Tuesday, February 5. Slide a couple tickets into the dust jacket of that classic wax and stick a bow on it. Bam!... Not hip enough? Yoni Wolf and his band Why? will be at the Irenic in North Park on Friday, March 8. Wolf spits with wit, and his new trip-hop disc is called Mumps, etc. Slip a couple tix into that jewel box and Wham bam!... Not punk enough? Hardcore stalwarts Off! will be at the Epicentre in Mira Mesa on Thursday, February 7. Their debut disc rips, and tix are only $15. Bam! Bam! And Bam!

Wednesday 26
Encinitas pop-punk akt Kut U Up — the self-described “least-hardest-working band in Southern California” — will take the stage at Belly Up to cure your post-holiday blahs. Second Generation and Harsh Toke light up first.... And Dave Good Of Noted the Of Notable San Pedro El Cortez show at Soda Bar, so I’m pretty much done. The TJ garage-punk pioneers will follow Sixties Guns and Legs. Hoppy holidays, Crawler followers. Yak at ya next year. You know, if there is a next year.
Barnaby Monk

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