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Thursday 26
Dance-beats duo N.A.S.A. launch at Casbah. Dudes’re Sam Spiegel (Spike Jonze’s brother) and Zé Gonzales (a pro skater), and, man, did they get Pitch-slapped last week, with a pitiful 1.6 for Anti- debut The Spirit of Apollo. It’s not that bad. It’s dance music, for fug sake!... 91X’s Loudspeaker returns to Belly Up with a locals-only bill featuring hot-shit glam poppers Crash Encore, with Publicists and New Archaic.... Monsters from Mars and the Bugs do what they do so well at Bar Pink.... House of Blues hosts award-winning Mexi-rawkers Kinky, with Mexican Dubweiser, Chico Sonido, and a side of guac.... Vibes virtuoso Bobby Hutcherson settles into Anthology for two nights of mallets-meet-keys; keys, meet mallets.... L.A. underground trip-hopper Pigeon John lands at the Loft with Luckyiam.

Friday 27
Radio Room dials in explicit punk-metal mayhem from Jersey boys Shat. Jeff Wood’s 20-year-old campy crew are out to tout Alive in C***, a 28-song collection with only one thing on its mind — that’s right, Jimmy, the “c” word. Our own Homeless Sexuals set the North Park stage. For more on Homeless Sexuals, see this week’s Jay Sanford Blurt “Chicken Milk Alien Baby.”... San Pedro two-step garage gang Underground Railroad to Candyland pulls into Bar Pink Friday night. Check the Space takes from their Recess Records debut Bird Roughs — simple, irreverent, fun. As are like-minded Las Cruces openers Shang-a-Lang.... Not in North Park but need the noise? Casbah stages Sirhan Sirhan, ex–Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age group Gusto, Hostile Combover, and Bloodflowers. Tinnitus-dot-com!... Best of the rest: alt-pop act Swim Party splashes with Writer at Whistle Stop. They got a split 7” to preview...Big Head Todd and Joan Jones deliver adult contempo to House of Blues...Dave Wakeling and English Beat skank up Belly Up Friday and Saturday nights...and Soda Bar sends up indie kids Tape Deck Mountain, Boom Snake, and Knesset.

Saturday 28
Tons t’do Saturday, so, Evelyn Wood–like: Restiform Bodies bring their TV Loves You Back tour through town. They’ll play the Access Records store on Garnet Satty afternoon and Kava Lounge later. Egadz! And (n1nth)cloud are sharing the van.... Suggest you go to the in-store and then get to Bar Pink for Detroit dudes Tyvjk with our own Pant Hoots. Tyvjk’s spazzy Space takes sound tits, like King Kahn & BBQ, buds. Check it out: myspace.com/tyvekmusic.... Udderwise: Ruby Room wrangles a genre mash-up with Transfer, Crocodiles, MC Flow, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, and Album Leafer Jimmy LaValle spinning discs...Rapper Kool Keith dons his Dr. Dooom guise at Casbah...Anthology stages Boss tribbers Thunder Road...Mr. Tube and Swim Party play the Planet Rooth studio on Ray Street...Canes exhumes hip-hop politico Dead Prez...House of Blues hosts Tony! Toni! Toné! soul man Raphael Saadiq...and Angry Samoans ride the Jumping Turtle. Huh? Wha...?

Sunday 1
Zappa Plays Zappa Sunday night, when son Dweezil brings the Tour de Frank to House of Blues. According to Guitar World, gearheads (and aren’t all Zappa fans?), “When it comes to faithfully re-creating Frank Zappa’s music and tones, his son Dweezil heads to the original source: Dad’s collection of extremely rare gear.”... Miss the door there, ‘round the bend, Café Sevilla will be serving up an Orquesta Hablando Salsa de Ruben Esteva CD release. “If you like Victor Manuel, you will love this San Bernardino group.”... Syracuse indie kids Ra Ra Riot dance their long-player debut, The Rhumb Line, through UCSD’s Loft space. Cut Off Your Hands and Telekinesis set the campus stage. By the by, “Rhumb line” is just a sexy way of saying “loxodrome”... Portland electro-pop act Portugal. The Man joins local minimalist duo BoomSnake at Casbah.... But, BUT, Radio Room offers Extra Life. The Brooklyn avant-rockers hit a note (or, like, a zillion notes) with their latest punk-rawk opera, Secular Works. Trip on this: myspace.com/extralifetheband.

Monday 2
“Turn It Up/Fire It Up,” Busta-freaking-Rhymes rolls on House of Blues. The ’hop-chart-topping rapper will preview his Cool & Dre-produced, much-anticipated eighth (thing’s been in the can for two years), Back on My B.S., due to drop March 24. Take a taste at his Space.... Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags local noise-pop acts A Scribe Amidst the Lions, Beautiful Noise, and Syndicate.

Tuesday 3
Lite Tuesday nite. Andrea X presents Moviegoers and Ex-Friend Matt Curreri at Casbah. Tasty indie-pop fare. Who’s Andrea X?

Wednesday 4
The mighty Night Marchers stomp on Bar Pink Wednesday night, though not too hard, cuz, y’know, one of them Marchers is paying the bills over there. We’re still spinning See You in Magic a little bit around HQ. And they’re on next month’s Coachella checklist, sometime on Sunday, somewhere between the Mexican Institute of Sound and the Cure.... The swami of slap-n-pop bass Les Claypool will goosestep through House of Blues. The Primus frontguy is due to drop solo work Of Fungi and Foe on March 17. Apparently it’s a sci-fi film score. Whether it’s a real film or something streaming through Claypool’s head is not immediately apparent. Always a treat.... Blues bros. Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King hold court at Anthology...while down the street at Casbah, locals Little White Teeth, Black Hondo (not Black Condo), and Wire Pony should, according to the club, “make you go crazy for it.” Show them you’re nuts.
Barnaby Monk

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