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Thursday 19
Jayceon “the Game” Taylor brings his play to Crib of Blues tonight. The Compton kid has racked three CDs in his six-year career — all on Billboard’s top ten, two at numero uno. The hip-hop hit has said that with these three discs (The Documentary, Doctor’s Advocate, and LAX) he has “made [his] point,” that LAX will be his last. Mmm-hmm. The multi-faceted, multi-tatted Taylor has a coupla Grammy nods and brought cred back to West Coast rap by joining forces with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent and “calling out” East Coast crews — “He’s been implicated but never indicted, and as for BET, he’s been uninvited!” With Clyde Carson and Nipsy Hussle, they gon’ raise the roof.... Like the Exorcist, but with More Breakdancing, Bloomington, Indiana’s concept crew Murder by Death brings the reaper to Casbah. The quartet “will be performing the complete two albums in their Desert Series, 2008’s Red of Tooth and Claw and 2003’s Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them,” all for film, so dress sharp. With Portland’s Builders and the Butchers and Fake Problem from Naples, Florida, of all fucking places.... Locals Gunplay Maxwell fire alt-country shots at Bar Pink with local-ish Billy Midnight...and L.A. session studs Team Noise sound off at Brick by Brick. Team Noise’ll jam everything from Alice Cooper to Zeppelin, AFI to Weezer in yer earholes.

Friday 20
O’Connells in Bay Park stages the SanDago side of the International Pop Overthrow, which kicks off Friday night and runs through Sunday. Highlights include Four Eyes, the Loons, the Modlins, and the Shambles. Yeeeah, man. Go to internationalpopoverthrow.com for a detailed sked of events.... Else: radio-ready alt-rockers the Gin Blossoms and Tonic spritz House of Blues...greezy garage gang the Heartaches hit Bar Pink with Thin Man...Gram Rabbit, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, Black Hondo, and Bartender’s Bible fill a genre mash-up bill at Casbah...Radio Room dials in the Screamin’ Yeehaws, SanFran band Flexxbronco, and Die Sabotage...nearly Neil Super Diamond shines on Belly Up...and soul bros. Bankhead Press groove Whistle Stop.

Saturday 21
House of Blues hosts rock-roll reveler Reverend Horton Heat and Manic Hispanic.... Local barroom rockers Mojo Nixon, the Farmers, Joey Harris, and Candye Kane book a benefit at Brick by Brick for “superfans” Lorna Doone (R.I.P.) and Otis Owens.... Coupla CD-release things at Casbah Saturday with L.A. indie chick Eleni Mandell up early and our own riff-rawk throwbacks Scarlet Symphony doing the late shift with Apes of Wrath, Zodiac Death Valley, and Drug Wars setting the stage.... Belly Up books Man in Black copycats Cash’d Out. Sara Petite and Pushin’ Rope open, and DJ Gonzo spins ‘round sets.... Oaktown Hieroglyphics hip-hoppers Souls of Mischief hit the beach at Canes.... Wendy Darling and Ed Vallera coif at Beauty Bar...Knives! and Desert Diamonds shine on Radio Room...and Uncle Pete Escovedo does his Latin-jazz thing at Anthology.

Sunday 22
Portland ambients the Grails will preview follow-up to ‘08’s crit-hit Doomsdayer’s Holiday (Temporary Residence), Acid Rain, due to drop in April. According to Pitchfork, “These dudes hail from grey Portland, but they have somehow perfected the art of desert-rock mystery.” Far-out acousticats James Blackshaw and Joshua Emery Blatchley make this triple bill thee triple bill this week.... Hometown jazz cats Charles McPherson and Gilbert Castellanos blow through the Loft at UCSD.... Local noiseniks Koppojutsu meet Tokyo’s Number 2 at Radio Room.... Soda Bar draws dark Irish draught We Should All Be Dead, one of the featured bands at this weekend’s International Pop Overthrow (see Friday).

Monday 23
NYC quartet French Kicks are garage-punk revivalists with a mod-pop bent that critics cream over. Check the reviews on last year’s Vagrant disc Swimming and then see foryourowndamnself at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up. With Angelino indie kids Broken West and Army Navy, this one’s sticky-sweet pop fare and another hat trick for the Middletown mainstay this week. Anti-Monday, indeed. Yay Monday!... Besides: Bar Pink stages Seattle garage punks Whore Moans...and heavy-metal madman Danzig drops in on House of Blues. Hide the good china.

Tuesday 24
Athens GA’s Southern psych-rockers Dead Confederate play a 94/9 It’s About the Music showcase at Belly Up. With like-minded Californios Transfer and Heavy Young Heathens, this was one rad bill. So-o-o-ld out, suckas. See you on Cedros.... Country skrunks Hank III and the Assjacks hit 4th & B. The potty-mouthed progeny of the late, great Hanks has one on the country charts, Damn Right, Rebel Proud. Give a listen, and your recommended reading from the man hisself: The Redneck Manifesto by Jim Goad.... Around the corners, artsy prog-rockers Yes revisit the ‘70s at House of Blues, and Nashville troubadour Matt Wertz will woo Anthology.

Wednesday 25
Your hump-night highlights’re New Pornographer A.C. Newman (the red-headed one) and odd-pop Mississippian Dent May at Casbah. Check Dent May’s Space takes — indie doo-wop? Morrissey on acid?...and Liverpoodlian acoustipunk Pop Levi will make you rethink the Kinks at UCSD’s Loft. He’s out to tout his latest Never Never Love. Amen, bro.
Barnaby Monk

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