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March 5th to March 19th

Just as Noise Pop began its sold out run last week, the Bay Area music community received some distressing news from the Midwest. Dax Pierson, of Oakland-based Subtle, was critically injured when the band's tour bus spun out on black ice near Omaha, Nebraska. The word so far is that he's stable but serious. Dax is resting easy in intensive care after a successful surgery on his lower back. If you haven't heard Subtle's catchy space-hip-pop sound, then it's possible you met Dax when you sold back some vinyl at Amoeba Records in Berkeley or heard him on KALX radio. We are wishing him a speedy and full recovery. You can find up to date information on Subtle's website: .

Keep an eye out for benefit shows in the near future. Now for a little globe trotting in our very own town.

Foscoe Jones with Dave Gleason's Wasted Days and Bob Harp
The Make Out Room
March 8th
~ 21 and over

Jones, born and raised in North Carolina, now resides in Austin, Texas. He blends the move into his music. Listen his 2004 debut, A Song Like This, and you hear his hometown country blues, his native bluegrass plus jazzy guitar licks to create an innovative Americana stew. Local guitar whiz, Dave Gleason and his Wasted Days play in support. Alt-Country singer-songwriter Bob Harp opens the show.

The Futureheads with Shout Out Louds and The High Speed Scene
Amoeba Records
March 9th

March 10th
$11 advance ~ $13 door
~ all ages

New Music Express heralds, "The future is the Futureheads." as they place the band's self-titled album square in the middle their Top 10 of 2004. The BripPop revivalists made their SF debut in a opening slot on last year's Franz Ferdinand tour. This will be your last chance to catch the four lads in four-part harmony on the small stage. Sweden's indie-pop, Shout Out Louds and LA based trio The High Speed Scene, open.

Gabby LaLa featuring Les Claypool
12 Galaxies
March 11th, 9 PM
$10 Advance / $12 Door
~ 21 and over

If you were in attendance, you were probably bewildered when Gabby opened for Les on his last run with the Bucket of Brains. Playing sitar, theremin and various other oddities; she freaked out the jamband crowd. Boo, it was Halloween. As a classically trained student of the sitar, Gabby deserves to be slated as the first non-Les performer on his Prawn Song label. Claypool is scheduled to perform and hopefully for the entire set. You can catch a listen to the pixie dust on Gabby's sparse website: The fringe Joanna Newsom crowd will be pleasantly surprised.

M.I.A featuring Diplo
The Independent
March 16th, 9 PM
$12 / $14
~ 21 and over

M.I.A mixes hip-hop, dancehall and Bollywood beats to spice up her first official release, Arular, an album that was shelved by her label last week (just days before its release) due to "sampling issues". Last year's blow up mix tape, Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1, was a worldwide success of sampling and may be the reason for the backlash. Let's hope her talent wins the day. Come support the beautiful Sri Lakan refugee and rebel as she raps over Diplo's rock steady beats. Maybe we'll hear the real story. Word.

Solomon Burke
Palace of Fine Arts
March 18th 7 PM

Amoeba Records
March 19th, 1:30 PM

The King of Rock and Soul is headed to town, an opportunity to witness a legend in his prime. A few years ago, Solomon: Live at the House of Blues, rarely left my heavy rotation and since then I have been waiting patiently. The wait is over. Solomon is touring in support of his brand new album, Make Do With What You Got, a collection of vivid interpretations from a who's who of friends, Dr. John and the Rolling Stones to name just a few. More info on the King:

Barfeeders with Old Grandad and Fracus
El Rio
March 19th, 9 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

A night of metal, punk and all things rock solid in San Fransisco's best dive bar, the El Rio. Sure, some dives have a back patio but El Rio also has shuffleboard, mellow bartenders and a stage lofty enough to see the band. The show is a benefit for abused kids, so you'll feel good in the morning, too.

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