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Wednesday 26
Control a, control c, control v. Tonight’s the long-awaited makeup date for Buzzo and Dale of the Melvins out at Canes. The Nor’west sludgers’ll rock Nude with Boots with their other half, L.A. bass-and-drum band Big Business.... It’s skintights and skinny-tie night at Belly Up, where you can skank ’n’ stomp to mod-rockers Buck-O-Nine, the Devastators, and Social Green.... Back downtownways, it’ll be bed-sit pop by indie kids Sweetness and the Fascination out at Beauty Bar...and a free Jivewire night at Casbah, with all the trimmings.

Rock the leg bone, yo!

Friday 28
Long, lean bean Bradford Cox and his Deerhunter scope Casbah Friday night. The Atlanta quintet joined the Southern city’s seeming pilgrimage of underground bands tunneling out of obscurity and into the glow of Web browsers worldwide. Their '07 breakthrough, Cryptograms, was a glitchy psych-rock collection of art-damaged Radiohead toss-offs — some brilliant, some catastrophic, but the beauty, supposedly, was in the balance. With last month’s Kranky (a label fit for the group) disc Microcastle, Deerhunter squelched the glitch and rang in some semblance of pop-song structure, making that balance a little less burdensome on the ear. It is this year’s critical pick and a sound investment — comes with an outtakes bonus disc that’s as good if not better than most “proper” indie releases. With the font-challenged Times New Viking, a fuzzed-out — no, make that blown-out (check out this year’s Matador debut Rip It Off) — pop trio from Columbus and their loungy L.A. running mates Nite Jewel, this is a helluva triple bill. Let’s just crown it club date of the week, grab tix, and move on.... Moving on. Frontwomen! Yeah! L.A. pop-punk trio the Dollyrots roll on Bar Pink. Check the Space takes from this year’s Because I’m Awesome, the lead single from which was featured in books-on-film flameout Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Our own girl-led garage-punk group the Glossines will set the NorPark stage.... A band formerly known as English Beat settles in for two at Belly Up Friday and Saturday nights.... Sac-town metal band Tesla bring their Forever More tour to House of Blues.... While up in Sillicrest, breakcore band Fever Sleeves and the hard-rocking Oaks hit Ruby Room. What’s breakcore?

Saturday 29
Wild Mountain Nation, unite! Not getting the Pavement refs for Portland six-pack Blitzen Trapper, but I suppose the experts online oughta know — ambitionlessness is an aesthetic. Wild Mountain Nation was one of oh-seven’s weirdest indie-rock hits, running the gamut of styles from real folksy folk rock to experimental pop psychouts. Indie ADDers love a mélange. But so does Rolling Stone, who apparently placed the record’s two-year-old titular single in this year’s top 100. Trapper got back to deconstructing Americana on this year’s Furr. Check the Space takes — tasty farre. L.A. psych folkies Parson Red Heads and like-minded locals Team Abraham share the Casbah bill. And mark this: the Trappers’ll play an in-store at M-Theory Sunday afternoon.... ‘Round downtown Saturday night: U.K. goth-rockers Sisters of Mercy appear at House of Blues.... SanDago post-punk quartet Pierce the Veil get back to Soma.... Triple-bill Braaiins!, Bad Parents, and Mermaid is out at the Ken.... And Bowie trib Ziggy Shuffledust joins Rafter at Ruby Room.

Sunday 30
Despiiite all my rage, alt-rock outcast Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins resurrect their nineties AOR at UCSD’s RIMAC Sunday night. This year the new Pumps released EP American Gothic, and now the team’s got a new single up on the Web called “G.L.O.W.” Also saw a live DVD of the second coming called If All Goes Wrong in remainder bins around town if yer that interested. Anyway, this reunion’s in its second full year, and Billy and Jimmy are still smilin’. Hm.... Fitty percent of Boston boy band New Edition has kept that genre’s synchronized singsong alive in Bell Biv DeVoe. The trio and their posse of playas visit House of Blues.... Casbah stages Oakland rap-rock act Subtle, which feature San Diego ex-pat Jordan Dalrymple, with Zach Hill and the Illuminauts.

Monday 1
Eeeeverybody’s favorite British chanteuse, Holly Golightly, brings her Brokeoffs (ex-Thee Headcoatees pardner Lawyer Dave) to Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up. They’ve got a fun-filled new one called Dirt Don’t Hurt. Lend it an ear and we’ll see you there. Bartenders Bible sets the stage, and at the break, catch Pant Hoots in the Atari.... 94/9 stages Our Lady Peace front guy Raine Maida at Belly Up for another in their It’s About the Music series. Maida’s out behind last year’s solo debut The Hunters Lullaby, a collection, according to the artist, “of a bunch of poems put to music.” Suh-weet, Raine! Sayvinyl also on the bill.

Tuesday 2
Mr. Modern Lover Jonathan Richman strums and croons his left-field folk at Casbah. Richman’s a consummate entertainer, if oddball songsmith. Catch up with the traveling minstrel by checking takes from his latest Vapour disc, Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild, or sit and spin last year’s Modern Lovers remaster of their eponymous debut.... Ché Café hosts an open-mic night. Ché Café hosts an open-mic night?

Wednesday 3
Super-secret (sh, ben harper) superstars Relentless Seven appear at Belly Up. Fuh-getit. Sold out.... There be Randies roaming Bar Pink...and Monsters From Mars scaring the shit out of Casbah.
Barnaby Monk

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