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COLD CUTS: Though their Cinderella march through NBC’s StarTomorrow — a Web-based American Idol spin-off — ended far too soon, the Kings of Spain are back by popular demand, live at the Cold Spring Tavern this Friday, November 24. Following America’s most celebrated day of sports and food gluttony, indulge in America’s second-oldest pastime: rock ’n’ roll. The foursome — lead vocalist and guitarist Will Loomis, drummer Adam Baltieri, guitarist Thomas Masker, and bassist Adam Reiber — plan on blasting several hours worth of smokin’ blues-based rock into your ears, starting at 7 p.m. Special guest Clarke! brings his blend of pop, grunge, and harmony to spice up the mix. For more on the Kings of Spain, visit myspace.com/thekingsofspain or thekingsofspain.com. For a more in-depth look at the band, check out the feature on them at independent.com.  — Josh Brayer

CUBA GROOVE: Maybe the most exciting part about Cuban salsa outfit Somos Son is that seeing a performance allows you to watch the work of people with job titles like “bongocero” and “timbalero.” If that’s not enough, this nine-piece ensemble hails from S.B. Support our local boys as they bring us the best of Cuba’s take on the popular genre at SOhO on Friday, November 24 at 9:30 p.m.  — Drew Mackie

GREETINGS: The floppy-haired style of the boys of Hellogoodbye is a good way to describe their sound. Fortunately, it’s a good sound — power pop somewhere along the lines of where Weezer should have taken theirs. This Huntington Beach foursome released their debut, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! earlier this year. Their local stop teams them up with Reggie and the Full Effect and Cute Is What We Aim For at the Majestic Ventura Theatre on Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. Floppy hair music: It’s good for you.  — DM

SPENCER’S TURKEY SONG: Fresh off performing and singing the national anthem for the World Kickball Association’s championships down in San Diego a few weeks ago, Spencer the Gardener is releasing a song perfectly plucked for the Thanksgiving holiday. Called “The Gobble Song,” the tune was performed for the first time at Cold Spring Tavern two weekends ago, causing the crowd to break into a sort of turkey dance (think Funky Chicken Dance, but make the wings bigger). Watching was filmmaker Russ Spencer, who told frontman Spencer Barnitz that a music video must be made. Fast forward to Tuesday’s Farmers Market, where they shot the thing, and now it’s up for your viewing pleasure on YouTube.com, but for ease’s sake, we’ve also posted it at independent.com/artsandentertainment.  — Matt Kettmann

WYATT RIOT: Sometimes there’s nothing better than a finely crafted work of pop rock. But what’s even better? Pop rock that doesn’t try to pass itself off as harder than it really is. Anyone with whom this statement rings true may want to check out Waiting 4 Wyatt, a five-piece Los Angeles band starring sisters Lucy Levinsohn and Anya Boyer. Their light, fun songs would be a perfect soundtrack to a fun afternoon — and that works especially well since Waiting 4 Wyatt is playing at the downtown Borders on Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m.  — DM

GREAT SCOTT! Most recently of the San Francisco club scene, DJ Scotty Boy brings a wealth of spinning experience wherever he goes. This master of man-in-the-booth magic honed his skills as on-air talent for Los Angeles’s KROQ and San Francisco’s Live 105 before touring as an opening act for the likes of Depeche Mode, The Crystal Method, and Tool. He’s also known for his tenure as the resident deejay at Ghost Bar at Las Vegas’s The Palms. If that résumé doesn’t qualify DJ Scotty Boy for giving us one of the best nights of club music in a while, then we’re just too picky to deserve monumental levels of getting down. Catch DJ Scotty Boy on Thursday, November 30 at 10 p.m. at Wildcat Lounge. — DM

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