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Thursday 28
Seattle sludge-rockers the Melvins merge with Big Business and overtake Canes tonight. Mainstay Mels Buzzo and Dale joined L.A. duo Big Business for ‘06’s (A) Senile Animal, a two-drummer assault on the  band’s Zeppelin-meets –Spinal Tap sound. This  summer’s Ipecac release Nude with Boots hones the big bass drums into a more listenable mix with their signature guitar drip.  There’s even a hint of old-school heavy-metal harmonies in  Buzzo’s overdubs. Check the Space takes for their latest taste and early-‘90s discs Houdini and Stoner Witch for what made them great.... Last  year’s American Music Association “Artist of the Year” Patti Griffin appears at Belly Up. The folk singer is a favored songsmith among country-rock and pop elite, having been covered by Emmylou Harris, Dixie Chicks, Linda Rondstadt, Bette Midler, and on.  Griffin’s out in support of her new Grammy-nominated disc Children Run Through. Langhorne,  PA’s favorite son Langhorne Slim and his band the War Eagles will set the Solana Beach stage.... Chicago psych-rock quartet Mannequin Men are out West for L.A.’s Fuck Yeah Fest ( that’s Saturday). Check out M& M’s recommendable sophomore set Fresh Rot — Black Francis fronting the Stooges?  They’ll kick off a Left Coast swing at Bar Pink tonight.... Blue Turtle Seduction is out to tout 13 Floors, a new collection of roots rock and raga. The jammy Tahoe quintet digs in at the beach for two nights at  Winstons in O.B.... Sonic young uns Kill Me Tomorrow play listenable art rock and write readable books. The trio is a feather in San  Diego’s cultural cap. With Max Fields and Fantastic Magic....  Brooklyn’s Matt and Kim, their Best Fwends, and Crocodiles coif at Beauty Bar tonight and then the poppy triple bill caravans up to Ché Café for Friday-night sets.... POP Thursdays at MoPA presents DJ Prez spinning to the flash-art show on the walls, cult comedy Animal House, and Dr.  Sketchy’s cabaret life-drawing group. Yeah,  there’re drinks, as well as an after-party at Airport Lounge. Check  Barbarella’s Calendar highlight this issue for more on  it.

Friday 29
Former Soundgardener, Audioslave Chris Cornell delivers new solo Scream to House of Blues. The guitarist/ singer’s got decent range but kills when he kicks that voicebox into overdrive. Dude rocked Bond, James Bond with his soundtrack hit in Casino Royale “You Know My Name”.... “Come together in a relative way” when pop-n-bop locals Get Back Loretta get back to Casbah Friday night. The SDMA recipients are up for another this year. With Vision of a Dying World and Boomsnake. And  don’t miss Detroit duo Silverghost, who haunt the Atari....  Speakin’ of ghosts, Cali wonder-kid Jackie Greene will be Giving Up the Ghost at Anthology. Since his solo dropped,  Greene’s been seen frequenting Late Night with Conan and toured in Phil  Lesh’s latest Dead revival.... Best of the bar bills: Local indie trio Writer celebrates a CD release, dropping melodic-pop Blood Drops on Whistle Stop. Joel P. West in support...Pocket empties jazz-n-funk on Bar Pink...Jimmy Dean and the Sausage Kings headline a rockabilly bill at  O ’Connell’s...and the Millionaires and MC Flow roll through Beauty  Bar.

Saturday 30
Surf troubadour Jack Johnson is this  week’s big ticket at the Cricket. The Hawaiian hit is out behind Billboard blockbuster Sleep Through the Static. Catch the column in  May’s Sound on Sound about JJ and longtime engineer Robert Carranza? The duo rolled live to analog, no effects or overdubs, no Auto Tune or Beat Detective, and they recorded a collection  that’s “reached number one in every Anglo-Saxon country in the world.” Simple. Their credo: “Let it bleed.” Culver City Dub Collective and Paula Fuga also on the bill.... Devo is 35 this year! The Akron band is a bit rounder, but tour reports suggest their synth-pop still sounds whack.  They’ll crack that whip at Del Mar Racetrack Saturday night.  Show’s free with paid track tix.... Chapel  Hill’s Polvo will play “guitar-based soundtracks to kung fu movies” when they hit Casbah Saturday night. The Touch & Go act dropped off the musical map in the ‘90s, but noise- rock’s back and  so’s this essential quartet. Lend a bleeding ear to 1996’s Exploded Drawing. Bethesda Thrill Jockey trio Trans Am split the bill behind their latest synth-rock set Sex Change. Roxy Jones opens.... Else: Alt-rock acts Republic of Letters and A.M. Vibe dial in at the Ken...the Prayers preach throwback pop at Whistle Stop...and Manuok, Evacuee (SanFran), Joshua Lanes, and the Pentacles fill a bill at  Chasers.

Sunday 31
94/9 hosts a freebie for the Secret Scooter  Society’s 25th anniversary.  They’ll be rolling down to Casbah (plenty of scooter space out front of the club) to ska with mod DJs in the Atari Lounge. Manual Scan, Self Made Men, and Downs Family play the main stage and, after all, Jive Wire jocks spin holiday-eve dance jams till close....  It’s beer pong via satellite Sunday night at Belly Up.  How’s your aim? Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Bonedaddys entertain the gamers.... Austin experimentalists Mr. Lewis and the Funeral 5 rock a punk-tango tip on last  year’s Murder and the Art of Dance. The  band’ll bear that pall to Bar Pink. ( What’s a pall?).... Beauty Bar books hot threes the New Up, Secret Apollo, and Burning of Rome.... And locals Witt (their last show!), Colour Revolt, Wild Weekend, and Boomsnake slither into campus club Ché  Cafe.

Monday 1
“Right on time, like hair on a biscuit.”  You’re gonna git songs about dancing, sex, fried chicken, and banana  puddin’ when Chapel Hill trio Southern Culture on the Skids and  Denver’s folk-goth group Slim  Cessna’s Auto Club preside over  Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up. The SCOTs dropped a tasty collection of Southern-fried covers last year with Countrypolitan Favorites. But give a listen to Double Wide and Live for the stage show.... Ex–Blood Bros. Past Lives dropped debut e.p. Strange Symmetry a couple weeks back. Less punk screamo, more rock mojo than their former hardcore crew. The Seattle  quartet’ll join Kill Me Tomorrow and the Crocodiles at the  Ché.

Tuesday 2
Sleeper sets of the week has O.C. sideshow Dusty Rhodes and the River Band flowing through Brick by Brick Tuesday night. The juvenile jubilants are roots-rock revivalists of the party-down, praise-the-past variety, wielding mandolin, violin, accordion, keys, and three-part harmonies  that’ll prick up your ears and goose yer bum bum. Check their Space takes from First You Live and  we’ll see you at the show. Austin country skrunks the Mother Truckers, named “Best Roots Rock Band” at this  year’s SXSW, split the bill.... Otherwises: Hip-hop hitman Ice Cube chills 4th&B...Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Devastators dub the club at Belly Up...and SanDago surf-rock surrealists Zombie Surf Camp join Sac- town’s alt-rawk duo Middle Class Rut at  Casbah.

Wednesday 3
Volcom brings Lemmy and the latest line-up to House of Blues behind their 20th studio disc Motörizer. The trio will rev it up with Airbourne, Valient Thorr, and Year Long Disaster.... Scarlet Symphony, Wind Talkers, and Howls jam into Belly Up.... While Liverpool indie-rock trio the Wombats and L.A.’s electronic rockers Pop Noir darken the doors at  Casbah.
- Barnaby Monk

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