Electro-pop trio Crooks on Tape steal into Soda Bar Thursday night.
  • Electro-pop trio Crooks on Tape steal into Soda Bar Thursday night.
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Thursday 16
“Part art project, part band,” according to Crooks on Tape’s (ex-Enon, -Braniac) one sheet. The L.A.-based improv-pop trio will take the stage at Soda Bar behind their Misra debut Fingerprints, a psych-pop set that was boiled down from hundreds of hours of material into “tiny snapshots of an altered crime scene.” Fans of Enon and, I’m thinking, Carey Mercer’s Frog Eyes should dig right in. And as to snippets of noir, yuh, key word: “Lynchian.” Just says “guests” to open the show, but no matter, Crooks’re worth the price of admission.... Casbah’s monthlong 25th anniversary dealio welcomes punk-rock stalwarts X and Gary Heffern’s Blood on Fire. Ex-Penetrator Heff says this is likely to be his last stateside stint, so go say your hellos and goodbyes Thursday night, or on Friday, when the Penetrators headline sets by the Loons and Sidewalk Scene. Friday’s is a sold-out show, btw.... Alt-rocking throwbacks Privatized Air will take down the Shakedown after Deadend Paradox and Hocus. For notes on PA’s latest, Refill, out now via Raunchola Records, hit up Dave Good’s “Go Ahead. I’m Listening” blog.

Concrete Blonde Johnette Napolitano visits the Griffin Friday night.

Friday 17
Concrete Blonde singer/bassist-cum-Joshua Tree gallery curator and horse whisperer Johnette Napolitano will visit the Griffin Friday night. Never seen her solo show, but Ms. Napolitano has a handful of non-Blonde records that are pret-ty non-Blonde. Like 2007’s Scarred, an electro-folk brooder that pairs Napolitano’s capital-N Natural singing voice with electronic subtexts — equally curious and catching. The songsmithing’s okay, but the voice is the thing, and she does some deep-cut covers, I understand — Velvets, Coldplay (?!). I just read in a Dustin Lothspeich report via NBC7.com that the Griffin is for sale for $215,000. (Monk, stroking chin, thinks, All I need is $214,460 — wait, can you live in it?).... “Like Beach House, shaken out,” Portlandia electro-pop five-piece Wild Ones is out to tout their make-or-break disk Keep It Safe. Wild? Hardly. Safe? Sort of, but under the fuzzy warmth of the genre’s daydream acoustics, Danielle Sullivan’s longing vocals and country-inflected timbre ring like a bell. This show was originally scheduled for the Void, but with the outing of that brief candle it has been moved to South Park mainstay Whistle Stop, a good room for the not-so-wild Wild Ones. (If you’re keeping score, it seems the blighted address that was the Void née Eleven née Zombie Lounge is now — smacks forehead — the Hideout. Turn it into a late-night empanaderia, already, and give the folks at Soda Bar something to eat!).... Bar Pink books the Chilean-born/L.A.-based singer-songer Maria del Pilar. The ex–Los Abandoned frontwoman has reinvented herself since the breakup of that influential underground outfit as “a sort of Latin Bjork.” Bend an ear to last year’s Songs + Canciones I for the proof in the pudding. Yummy.... Best of the rest: “heavy mahogany” pirate-rock originals the Dread Crew of Oddwood drift into Soda Bar after Wilderun and Unicorn Death...borderland bands Travesura (featuring Leo Romero of Cuates) and Northern Tigers will play Til-Two with L.A. indie-rock act Fine Minds...and pianoman Danny Green’s Quartet fills the Loft at UCSD with his salty south-of-the-border jazz.

Punk'd indie hits Parquet Courts play Ché Café on Saturday, Pappy & Harriet's on Sunday.

Saturday 18
“Stoned and Starving” Brooklyn band (via, clap-clap-clap, deep in the heart of Texas!) Parquet Courts will play the Ché Café Saturday night and Pappy & Harriet’s up in Pioneertown on Sunday. Dryw Keltz had a chat with the indie-punk band’s Andrew Savage for this week’s Blurt, so flip or click there for the low-down on them. Dryw says Descendents; my gf says Pavement; I say Descendments. Huh? See what I did there? Destruction Unit, Grand Tarantula, and Shiva Trash open the Ché show, making it the hands-down gig to get to Saturday night.... Miss the door in La Jolla, Blood Dancer, Boy King, and Bella Novella fill an eclectic alt-rock bill in Bankers Hill at Tin Can Ale House...the School of Rock pupes explore the Best of San Diego at the Irenic, playing songs by “local heroes” like Beehive, Creeps, Night Marchers, and the Locust. Ambitious kids...Back 2 Black, Smack This, and Rattz, fill a tribute bill at the Griffin...and Drum Wars invade Ramona Mainstage as brothers Carmine (Vanilla Fudge) and Vinnie Appice (Dio, Sabbath) beat it out once and for all.

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