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Thursday 26
Songstress Nikka Costa will exercise the pipes at House of Blues tonight. The L.A.-based artist is daughter to famed pop producer Don Costa, who recorded and arranged the vocalist’s first albums, and goddaughter to family friend Frank Sinatra. Costa will preview soon-to-be-released Pebble to a Pearl, another collection of her big-voiced rock-n-soul. Check her Space take of White Stripes’ “Denial Twist” for a taste. DJ C-Minus sets the stage.... Peruse the Grand Archives at Casbah, where the sunny folk-pop artists will tout their s/t Sub Pop debut. The Seattle-based band features ex-Band of Horses/Carissa’s Weird singer/guitarist Mat Brooke, who has turned from the dark side of his previous bands to a more California-dreamin’ vibe. This suits the current pop climate, as indie crits are creaming over this one. Former Carissa’s Weird drummer Sera Cahoone and locals War Stories open with acoustic sets.... Sidestages: Tower Bar books a trick triple bill with indie kids Kill Me Tomorrow, the Crocodiles, and new twosome Christmas Island. Check the kick and melody on Island’s Space takes and get out to one of their summer sets.... Lo-fi locals Album Leaf, Manuok, and Calico Horse trot up to Belly Up.... Japanese jazz chanteuse Keiko Matsui and her baby grand check into Anthology for three nights.... L.A. pop acts the Hectors and Happy Hollows have an appointment at Beauty Bar.... While bluesman B.B. King and his loyal Lucille play the Fair.

Friday 27
Fleet Foxes are like Grizzly Bears, only bigger, broader, scarier. The Seattlites’ Sub Pop debut suggests a more vocal-based freak-folk collective, but the layers lift over listens, revealing Brian Wilson-worthy multi-part harmonies and roundelays of dark poetics over backwoods guit. Git it in your carousel. The Foxes scamper onto Casbah’s stage after opening sets by Dutchess and the Duke and Fantastic Magic. Fast Computers play the Atari. Best note per nickel this week.... He’s got his mind on his money and his money on his mind, yo! Cornrow coolio Snoop Dogg rocks the mike at Cricket behind his latest, Ego Trippin’. The West Coast rapper owns the sales charts despite losing some of his piss and vinegar. Pitchfork pitch-slapped D-o-double-g wif a 6.6. Omaha’s rock-rap act 311 opens.... Viejas’ Concerts in the park fills a bill with campy old-schoolers B-52’s, Cyndi Lauper, and Joan Jett.... Elsewheres: Princeton and Rafter coif at Beauty Bar.... Acid jazzmen Pocket’ll be in the pocket at Bar Pink Elephant.... Scarlett Symphony and Paddle Boat dock and rock at Ken Club.... Latin dance bands Big Mountain and Agua Dulce do it downtown at 4th&B.... And smooth rock-n-soul sextet Bankhead Press plays their fave watering hole, Whistle Stop.

Saturday 28
Yippee!! is the debut disc from Hotel St. George, who check in at the Ken. Here’s what Ollie had to say in last week’s Hometown review: “Hotel St. George combines punch-in-the-gut garage-rock guitar work with fierce glam vocals — simple and tasty.” Good 'nuff. The Stereotypes and Team Abraham in support.... Endless Bummer. Power poppers Reeve Oliver join a.m. vibe and Blackout Party to fill a locals only bill at Casbah. Give a listen to a.m. vibe’s “sometimes noisy, sometimes nice” Capricorno.... Local art-rock act Japandi perform with Portland minimalists Boomsnake and local rawk throwbacks Scarlett Symphony at the Che.... Bar band Roxy Monoxide seeps into Tiki with a cloud of choice covers and power-pop originals. Hear tell their new singer Coree brings it.... Removal and Dirty Legs kick the Tower.... Noise rockers Hostile Combover wake the Zombie.... And L.A.’s she tribbers the Iron Maidens cover Canes with the heavy metal act’s best-of set.

Sunday 29
Belly Up books the “Fresh Rhymes and Videotape Tour,” featuring Cali underground hip-hoppers Dilated Peoples, who are out to tout last summer’s Release Party. L.A. rapper Aceyalone opens with Lightning Strikes, while Harlem hip-hop krew 88-Keys kicks it off.... 94/9’s Tim Pyles hosts an indie-rock freebie at Casbah with Napoleon Complex and Beautiful Noise. Radio-free snacks will be made available. And the Casbah’s site suggests Sunday night’s the night local bands should deliver demos to the back booth for future freebie consideration.... House of Blues holds a hardcore all-ager with Jersey City street punks the Casualties. Youth Brigade and Time Again open.... At Beauty Bar, San Fran sextet the Magic Bullets preview Young Man’s Fancy, a collection of pop due to drop this summer. Our local Swim Team dives in first.

Monday 30
Zep head Robert Plant and bluegrass baby doll Alison Krauss pair to deliver their hit disc Raising Sand, a collection of Americana covers, to Humphrey’s haute. Raising Sand’s producer, T-Bone Burnett, “the third star of the record,” will open with his own psych-folk set.... Brazil’s Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, brings bossa nova to 4th&B. The 65-year-old singer just dropped his, like, 50th album, Banda Larga Cordel.... Pop-rockers Swim Party, Henry Clay People, and Writer preside over Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up.... Belly Up stages Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet featuring banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck.

Tuesday 1
Steeltown trio the Modey Lemon lay psychedelic blues rock on Casbah. The Lemons’ Space takes smack of Jon Spencer. They’re out to tout new Birdhouse collection Season of Sweets. Yum! With stellar local openers Muslims and Christmas Island, these be catchiest sets of the week.... Dead holdovers Rat Dog and Southern-rock jam band Gov’t Mule camp out at Humphrey’s by the Bay for two nights.

Wednesday 2
This Casbah bill reads like haiku: We Are Scientists, Cut Off Your Hands, Blood Arm. Brooklyn-based band We Are Scientists just dropped sophomore bomb Brain Thrust Mastery — less of their angular dance punk, more nu-wavey jams. Eh. Should be a lively show, though.... Belly Up’s 34th anniversary show features Laguna Beach reggae rockers Common Sense and homegrown dub dudes the Devastators.
Barnaby Monk

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