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Thursday 15
Noise-pop anyone? There’s a real ear-plugger at Casbah tonight with A Place to Bury Strangers, Darker My Love, and All the Saints. Brooklyn feedback trio A Place to Bury Strangers has just dropped their hotly anticipated sophomore psych-out Exploding Head, a cavernous collection straight out of J&MC’s Darklands. L.A.-based Darker My Love swings more like Brian Jonestown with lisping psychedelia. And Atlanta’s All the Saints split the difference with big pop hooks.... Wu-Tang playa Ghostface Killah rolls up on Canes behind his latest, Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City, an R&B cuts collection that adds a new hue to Killah’s palette. Mayer Hawthorne & the County and Buff1 will set the seaside stage. BTW: check out this week’s “Blurt” on the Canes club. Nooooo fuuuutcha.... For you lo-fi aficionados, Bar Pink books local psych-folk faves Vision of a Dying World and Tape Deck Mountain. Tape Deck’ll drop their debut Ghost November 17. “It’s an album about thinking you’re a ghost, dreaming you’re a ghost, being a ghost, and getting good grades in school”.... Synth-pop songsmith Michael Angelakos and his Cambridge, Mass quintet Passion Pit play Soma behind their Billboard climber Manners.... Dance-beats band Bobby Fantasy will celebrate a CD release for Can’t Stop the Night at Ruby Room.... And Canada’s piano-pop hit Patrick Watson will plink and sing some cool cabaret at the Loft.

Friday 16
Casbah’s cleaning out the garage-rock Friday night when homegrown hit Nathan Williams makes Wavves with the Soft Pack (ex-Muslims), the Beaters (ex-Sess), and Pitchfork-approved Sac-town psychedelics Ganglians, whose Woodsist debut Monster Head Room is a bona fide grower. And then — holy moley! — there’s the super-awesome Drug Wars in the Atari Lounge. That right there’s the bill to beat this week, indie geek.... Soma stages New Jersey trio and indie elders Yo La Tengo. Georgia, Ira, and James dropped critics’ pick Popular Songs last month to fine reviews for its YLT pastiche of polite pop and audacious skronk. “The new Canned Heat,” a Brooklyn blues-rock band called Endless Boogie, is up first.... Else: the Grammy-winning Mexi alt-rockers Jaguares appear at Belly Up...acoustic dudes Drew Andrews and John Meeks make a Whistle Stop stop...and heavy-metal mayhem hits Brick by Brick in the guise of female four-piece Kittie.

Saturday 17
Sick Saturday night, with the Black Heart Procession processing into Casbah behind their sixth proper, Six. Dave Good has the goods on that one in his “Of Note” this week. Apparently, Pall and Nathaniel thought they’d try something dark. The Mumblers and Family Curse share the bill.... Two of Kurt Cobain’s three favorite bands, San Antonio psych-punk pack the Butthole Surfers and sludge-rockers the Melvins, take Canes.... NYC gypsy-punk collective Gogol Bordello roll into 4th&B with Broken Social Scenesters Apostle of Hustle.... Glaswegian college-rockers Snow Patrol visit SDSU’s Open Air for A Hundred Million Suns.... Skate-punk perennials the Angry Samoans throw down at the Jumping Turtle with North County kids the Bombpops and Hillstreet Stranglers.... With members of B-Side, P.O.D., and Psydecar, the South Town Generals take command of Ruby Room...and former Fantastic Magic cats Heavy Hawaii and Spirit Photography snap off indie-pop sets at Soda Bar.

Sunday 18
Singing in “German, French, and English or whatever,” German two-man band Dos Hermanos visit their “country-trash” riffing on Bar Pink. Fine, fun stuff. Check ‘em out at myspace.com/doshermanosmonaco.... More Germany? How about Hamburgian industrial rockers KMFDM? The heavy-beats band just released their 16th(!) disc, Blitz. They’ll join Angel Spit and Legion Within at House of Blues.

Monday 19
Shane MacGowan and his pub-rock punks the Pogues will play House of Blues Monday night. The big band hasn’t had a record this decade but are enjoying a whirlwind world reunion tour. From the Washington Post: “[MacGowan] still has a banshee wail, and the singer’s abrasive growl is all a band this marvelous needs to give its amphetamine-spiked take on Irish folk a focal point”.... Radio 94.9 presents Canadian pop imports Our Lady Peace and Chi-town trio Company of Thieves at Belly Up.

Tuesday 20
Hot-topic supergroup the Monsters of Folk, featuring Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James, and Mike Mogis, will fill Spreckels Theatre. The quartet’s s/t record, which was five years in the making, suffers some heavy-handed production, but the chops are there where the songwriting slips.... Former Hüsker Düde Bob Mould has a new studio set out on Anti- called Life and Times that alt-rock writers grade about a high C. Check some takes yourself at myspace.com/bobmould. The beardo plays Belly Up with Pavement’s Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, who today dropped his solo debut The Real Feel. (You all heard the Pavement reunion news? Apparently, it’s for real).... Local jazzman Jesse Davis will sing a birthday set — his birthday set — at Humphrey’s Backstage, with plenty of party fare and special guests. Jesse’s, like, 150 years old, but he looks half that! Go get this San Diego institution and real class act a drink.... 91X checks into House of Blues for a couple of nights with alt-rock acts Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, and the Builders and the Butchers.... In case you hadn’t heard, the Jay Reatard riot’s been canceled at Casbah. His band quit. There there, punky. Here’s Jay’s Twitter on the de-tour: “Band quit! Fuck them! They are boring rich kids who can’t play for shit!”

Wednesday 21
Grizzly Bear and Beach House sold out Belly Up. No surprise, that. Vekatimest has been spinning nonstop at the Monk house..... Go see Thee Oh Sees, the Fresh & Onlys, and Dan Melchior und Das Menace as they fill a fabulous avant-pop bill at Bar Pink.... Alsos: hip-hop honky Brother Ali hits Canes in the kisser with his new alt-hop collection Us...while electric folkies Noah and the Whale and Robert Francis get all straight-faced and cinematic at Casbah.
Barnaby Monk

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