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Thursday 5
Bloodflowers (Floras sanguis) pop up at Bar Pink with L.A. fixtures Nico Vega, who are out to tout their s/t debut. The bassless trio’s hard rock and blues nods to White Stripes in style but lacks Jack’s pyrotechnics. And the singer’s a girl.... Local up-and-comers Knives!, Attack! Ruby Room with the Wandas from Boston and Chula Bista babies the Infants. Knives! are the duo of Justin Cota on guitar and words and Lori Sokolowski, who “plays drums and bakes vegan cookies.” Go to their Space for a taste of “My Friends Are So Kick Ass.” Très rad!.... Or, the Whale, the Vision of a Dying World, the Gray Ghosts will haunt Casbah with freaky folky indie-pop fare.... Punters the Dropkick Murphys will play that drunken Irish punk stuff at Soma.... Up northward, you got an all-female hip-hop revue at Ché Café with (Sis)tem, Addiquit, and Cihuatl-ce...and L.A. folk-rockers Sea Wolf land at Belly Up behind their new Dangerbird deal White Water, White Bloom.

Friday 6
“Best Rock” winners at this year’s SDMAs, Transfer will play a CD-release thing for debut Future Selves at Beauty Bar. The hot-topic alt-pop quartet is off on a West Coast swing but’ll be home for the holidays. SanFran pop-rock band Music for Animals in support.... Melodic metal suckas One Inch Punch jack Brick by Brick while they’re not looking. The hometown hits have got some cool new stuff up on their Space page. One Theory, Loked, Eken Is Dead, and Drownswerve will set the Bay Park stage... House of Blues has your recommended daily allowance of head-bopping pop-punk with Marylanders All Time Low, on tour in support of Billboard blast-off (debuted at numero cuatro) Nothing Personal. Hey Monday & the Friday Night Boys go first.... Casbah fills a punk-rawk bill with Fat Wreck Chords mainstays Lawrence Arms and Teenage Bottlerockets and Reno punkabilly trio Cobra Skulls. (Cobra is def. this year’s Wolf).... Dave Wakeling’s new English Beat settles in to Belly Up for two nights of throwback ska beats and bleats. Two nights because they, like, hardly ever play there.

Saturday 7
Portland’s piano-pop experimentalists Panther play Bar Pink behind Entropy, their new Kill Rock Stars EP. Strong ‘70s album-rock vibe from the new material. Last year’s 14 Kt. God is a better entry point with the trio, collecting all the caustic-pop act’s personalities. With L.A. acousti-punk quartet Slang Chickens, this double bill ought to do you.... Need something a little more uppity? Providence noise-pop peeps Chinese Stars stick in SD for a couple of shows this weekend — Saturday night at Soda Bar and Sunday they play the Ché.... There ain’t no rest for the wicked pop-song pachyderm Cage the Elephant, who take the stage at 4th&B. I’ll bet they play it twice.... Pop auteurs. From Huntington Beach, Matt Costa and our own Wirepony canter into Casbah.

Sunday 8
Casbah stages Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour, featuring Ragan (Hot Water Music), Jim Ward (At the Drive-In), English folk-punk Frank Turner, Joey Cape (Lagwagon), and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Audra Mae.... Big-time electronica MC Tiesto lights up 4th&B Sunday night. The Netherlander spins everything from trance to dance, and he’s got a spanking-new club-killer mix called Kaleidoscope climbing the charts.... Or go for the big beats tag-team at Beauty Bar between local lady Juna and L.A. electronicat Matthew Dear.

Monday 9
Rosemary and San Diego:Dialed In will celebrate their three-year anniversary Anti-Monday style, with local indie-pop acts Lights On, Swim Party, and the Moviegoers. Go show some support for the local bar and band boosters.

Tuesday 10
Get out yer dance-rock duds cuz I wanna take you to a gay bar...gay bar!! Check that Electric Six vid at youtube.com/ watch?v=HTN6Du3MCgI. Or try to find the new controversial upload “Body Shot” off the Detroit band’s sixth set Kill. These guys push the punk’d novelty act right over the top, and they take everyone in the room with them. They’ll be taking a crowded Casbah Tuesday night with the Gay Blades and Millions of Brazilians, who really number three and are from Michigan.

Wednesday 11
Whole helluva lot t’do this hump night, so hold tight, a’ight? Ya got perennial SanFran skate-punk band Christ on Parade at Radio Room...alt-pop hit Art Alexakis and his new incarnation of Everclear (“Santa Monica”) at House of Blues...the thinking man’s folk band Loud & Rich — Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson — at Belly Up...pop-punk Floridians (they must grow that shit down there) Awesome New Republic takes Ruby Room...great big Newfies Great Big Sea at Anthology...SanFran string band Hot Buttered Rum at AcousticMusicSanDiego...Zonie folk-stomp sextet Dear and the Headlights shine on Casbah...and Texas troubadours Telegraph Canyon will play an early 7p set at Bar Pink before Night Train’s perpendicular expression of your horizontal desires, the Soul Clap & Dance-Off, pulls into the North Park nightspot. San Diego’s celebrity judges’ll be Crocodile Brandon Welchez, Dum Dum Girl Dee Dee Good, John Reis, Lucy Wehrly of Christmas Island, and Art Fag affiliate Mario Orduno.
Barnaby Monk

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