Weekly Wooot -- Japandroids

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japandroids_0.jpgWhile things slow down a bit with the holiday there are still a number of solid choices this week with Friendly Fires/The xx at The Independent tonight (sadly sold out), Ghostly International's Deastro with Max Tundra at Bottom of the Hill Wednesday and electro heavyweights Simian Mobile Disco at Mezzanine Friday. There is even an option for all you Morrissey lovers looking to ditch the family -- and turkey -- with Popscene's 10th annual Meat Is Murder tribute to The Smiths/The Mozzer at 330 Ritch Thursday.

We are particularly excited this week to finally catch Vancouver newcomers Japandroids at the Rickshaw Stop Sunday. The duo has not made things easy on Bay Area fans thus far -- their first scheduled trip to San Francisco last spring was canceled due to a medical emergency, and their August makeup date landed on the same night as both Sonic Youth at The Fox Theater and Deerhoof/Abe Vigoda/Zach Hill at the Great American Music Hall. While their stripped down guitar-and-drum setup and general punk aesthetics have resulted in numerous comparisons to the previously profiled duo No Age and their kin, the music and songwriting here is really a different beast. Sure, the signature lo-fi distortion is there, but underneath the fuzz-drenched surface their 2009 full length debut Post-Nothing proves to be an unusually accessible and unpretentious affair, complete with danceable anthemic buildups, pop-punk hooks and endless sing-along moments. This one is a guaranteed good time.

Monday, November 23rd
Friendly Fires, The xx, Holly Miranda @ Independent (Sold Out)
Wolfmother, Heartless Bastards, thenewno2 @ Fox Theater $29.50
Mr. Gnome, Songs For Snakes, Disastroid @ Elbo Room $6

Tuesday, November 24th
Lilys, Astral, LSD And The Search For God @ Bottom of the Hill $10
Warren G, Dam-Funk, U-N-I @ Independent $22
Below Zero, Micropixie, Mia Calderon, Under, Divasonic @ Cafe Du Nord $10/$15
Soft Shells, Them Hills, Neal Morgan @ Hemlock $6

Wednesday, November 25th
Deastro, Max Tundra, White Cloud @ Bottom of the Hill $12
Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Bukue One, Serendipity Project, Hopie Spitshard @ Great American Music Hall $19
Psychic Reality, Sex Worker, Jealousy @ Hemlock $6
Vinyl, Rondo Brothers, Monophonics @ Independent $15

Thursday, November 26th
Popscene Meat Is Murder Thanksgiving Smiths Tribute w/ This Charming Band @ 330 Ritch $10

Friday. November 27th
Simian Mobile Disco, JDH and Dave P, The Tenderlions @ Mezzanine $22.50
The Lovemakers, Chambers, Silver Swans @ Uptown $15
Peaches, Amanda Blank, Wallpaper. @ Regency Ballroom $25
The Books @ Noe Valley Ministry
Lilofee, Danny James and Pear, The Ferocious Few @ Hemlock $6
Joker @ 103 Harriet
The Pine Box Boys, Trainwreck Riders, The Earl Brothers, The Mighty Crows @ Cafe Du Nord $12
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Robert Walter's 20th Congress @ Independent $25

Saturday, November 28th
The Books @ Noe Valley Ministry
Dizzy Balloon, The Jakes, Luke Franks or the Federalists, Scene of Action @ Rickshaw Stop $10
Blowoff @ Slims $15
Lemon Sun, Leopold & His Fiction, Siddhartha @ Hemlock $7
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Robert Walter's 20th Congress @ Independent $25

Sunday, November 29th
Japandroids, Surfer Blood @ Rickshaw Stop $10
Al Qaeda, White Pee, Moccretro @ The Stud $4


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