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Thursday 31
Jay Reatard rides his Flying V into town behind garage-punk nuggets comp Singles 06–07. The Memphis mainstay signed to Matador this year to release a series of six singles. The first, "See Saw," dropped in April, and after some pre-order snafus — vinyl lifers can't get their greedy lil hands on these things fast enough — the second, a split with Deerhunter called "Fluorescent Grey," came out a couple weeks ago. Good luck finding either limited edition 7". For a full frontal of the Reatard experience, check out the DVD of his Blood Visions gig at NYC's Cakeshop; it's included with Singles 06–07. With Nashville psych-rock trio Cheaptime and hometown hits squad the Sess, this one's a no-brainer.... Miss the door at that Casbah gig, roll over to House of Blues where Mr. Mays is staging electro-pop duo P-Thugg and Dave 1, aka Chromeo, who are out to tout double-disc collection Fancy Footwork. (What kind of world do we live in where P-Thugg gets a bigger room than Jay freaking Reatard?!) Icelandic crunks Steed Lord set the downtown stage.... Acoustic cats Greg Laswell and the White Buffalo roam into Belly Up. This is local guy Laswell's CD-release thing for his latest (and critics say greatest), Three Flights From Alto Nido. Customers who bought this item also bought...Emmylou Harris's latest, All I Intended to Be. The queen of country cool sails 30 years of touring and recording and 12 Grammys (!) into Humphrey's by the Bay.... Canes is the battlefield for another stage of the "Vans Warped Battle of the Bands." Monday's Alibi, High Tide, Livid Virus, Higher Minds, and Throwing Seven slug it out tonight.... All-ages Soma sets up Anderson, Indiana's favorite son, pop star Jon McLaughlin, who's out in support of his new Island disc, OK Now. Songsmiths Jason Reeves and Tyler Beach open.

Friday 1
Was going to prop the new Hold Steady disc Stay Positive and call out their Casbah set as gig to get to, but the disc's sold out all over town and the tickets for this one are gone daddy gone.... So but anyway, local indie hits Pinback play a free "Four-O'Clock Fridays" gig at the track. It's still Autumn of the Seraphs for Rob and Zack, and this fall, they'll tour it nationwide. Here's the thing with these shows, though. The first race is at 4:00. Post time for the Pinback show: around 8:00. And "free" means free with your $6 track ticket, $8 parking spot, and untold mental anguish on the 5.... On your way back to town, UCSD campus collective Ché Café booked punk-pop akts Grand Ole Party, Atoms, and the Crocodiles.... Cover crews the Cured and Cash'd Out ape their idols at House of Blues.... Shhh, there's a Secret Apollo CD release giggie at Whistle Stop. You like novelty rock, you'll like Homemade Time Machine — "short songs for tall people".... A Qualcomm Concert on the Green features Paramore, Jack's Mannequin, and Phantom Planet.... The jazzy Pocket funks up Pink Elephant.... And Frantic Romantic and Long Live Logos pop-rock the Ken.

Saturday 2
Hillcrest's straight neighbor asserts its Hitchcock-y-ness with the inaugural North by North Park, a multi-club music fest that's all over the map. There's a shuttle and a website. Go there for more info: sandiegomusicfoundation.org/nxnp. And note the lineup at the Ken.... Not into the whole neighborhood thing, howzabout lounge lizard Richard Cheese crooning all your favorite tunes and TV themes Vegas-style at House of Blues. Check out the Cheeseman's Lounge Against the Machine, unbelievers!... Missing Persons can be found at Anthology Saturday night. Do you hear me? Do you care?... Power poppers Buckfast Superbee meet Pall Jenkins's dub-rock crew Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects down at Casbah.... All else fails, violin rocker Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra) will throw down on his homemade electric violins at Brick by Brick.

Sunday 3
Subways roll into Mira Mesa's Epicentre Sunday night. The UK trio are rock-roll revivalists of the "gar-raj" variety and are out in support of this summer's Butch Vig–produced collection All or Nothing, which rips and roars. Check out their Space takes, and we'll meet you at the iHop.... Positively equine, as Horse Feathers and Calico Horse join Thao and the Get Down Stay Down at Casbah.... Are you ready to rumbuuuuullll!? Blues-rock heavyweights Buddy Guy (five Grammys, yo!) and George Thorogood (purportedly "bad to the bone") go toe-to-toe at Viejas Casino. Psst. Old-school drops big mouth in the first.

Monday 4
Big '80s new-wave thing, the "Regeneration Tour," lands at Viejas' Concerts in the Park Monday night. For the v. reasonable price of admission, ya get Belinda Carlisle (the Go-Gos), ABC ("The Look of Love"), Human League ("Don't You Want Me?"), Naked Eyes (don't remember them), and Dead or Alive ("You Spin Me Round"). Buffet not included.... Hot horns and heavy percussion hit Casbah, as Michiganders Nomo play the Anti-Monday meet-up. The nine-piece and the kitchen sink are out in support of Ghost Rock. Check your head at the door.... SanFran girly band Excuses for Skipping are out behind their first self-released full-length Out of Work Early. It's Sleater-Kinney-ish. They'll be at Beauty Bar with LDR and the Kates. Worth a look, listen if you're in the neighborhood.

Tuesday 5
Steely Dan will be "reelin' in the years and stowing away the time" at Pala Tuesday night, as Becker and Fagen's "Think Fast" tour comes to town.... While country bump Lyle Lovett and His Large Band fill a bill at Humphrey's. Lovett's out behind last year's country-cosmopolitan collection It's Not Big It's Large. Uh-huh.

Wednesday 6
N'awlins quartet the Iguanas slither into Belly Up Wednesday night. They call their sound "Chicano rock with a greasy New Orleans second-line/mambo flavor." Whatever. Always a party with the Swingin' Kings.... Heaviosity in Middletown as Earthless blasts off at Casbah. Check the psych-rock trio's debut Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky. Just a taste on the tip of your tongue ought to do it. Titan, Ancestors, and the Long and Short of It on the bill, with John Biz in the Atari.... Sides: Hush Sound and the Cab pull quietly up to Soma.... La Quiete (France), Phoenix Bodies, Ghostlimb, Cheap Art, and Touche Amore play Ché.... And May Fire, Astra Heights, and Montenegro coif at Beauty Bar.
Barnaby Monk

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