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The Decemberists find their own "Chinese Democracy" -- kinda. Plus: Cheech and Chong puff back, Youtube Live, and more
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The Decemberists, in November

I find it in songs that make me weepy but have been around for centuries." *

THE DECEMBERISTS

Tues/25, 8 p.m., $30

Warfield

982 Market, SF

www.goldenvoice.com

BACK FROM THE JOINT: CHEECH AND CHONG

The comedy duo didn't go entirely up in smoke with the '80s: so-called "grumpy old stoners" Cheech and Chong return to the Bay for their first show in SF in, like, forever (Chong said manager Lou Adler's feud with Bill Graham led to their blackballing), with a concert film in the works. How has the gray matter been, retaining the routines? "It's all body memory," says the personable Chong, 70, from his Arizona stop. He attributes his skills and timing to writing and playing music. "I got my early comedy training with black jazz musicians. They are, without a doubt, the funniest people on the planet." Meanwhile the pair doesn't pull any punches when it comes to each other. According to Chong, Marin initially pulled out of their act because "he wanted to play golf and get fat and get invited to parties," whereas Marin, 62, says he visited Chong once in the pen, but never got close to incarceration himself: "I'm smarter than that." So Martha Stewart is paying tribute to the twosome at their forthcoming roast? "She's an ex-con," Marin wisecracks. "She relates to Tommy because she was in the joint."

Sun/23, 8 p.m., $39.50–$59.50. Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California, SF. www.livenation.com

BEAR WITH ME

MINUS THE BEAR

I like their math, class. Wed/19, 8 p.m., $20–$22. Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, SF. www.bimbos365club.com

MISHAP SCIENCE FAIR

The Dead Hensons, TopR, the Missing Teens, and others make the chemistry happen. Sat/22, 8 p.m., $12 (free with project). Mighty, 119 Utah, SF. mighty119.com

YOUTUBE LIVE

You like to watch — and watch you will: the only way to catch Akon, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, Spinto Band, and other YouTube stars at Fort Mason is online. Sat/22, 5 p.m., free. www.youtube.com/live

BIZARRE BAZAAR

This burner-centric booty-shaker raises moolah for the Hookahdome camp. With Cheb i Sabbah and others. Sun/23, 2 p.m., $20–$30. Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 China Basin, SF. www.kellysmissionrock.com

EARL GREYHOUND

"S.O.S." — NYC hard rocker alert. Mon/24, 8 p.m., $13–$15. Slim's, 333 11th St., SF. www.slims-sf.com

THE ROSEBUDS

Dig the moody Life Like (Merge). Mon/24, 8 p.m., $12–$14. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1422. www.theindependentsf.com

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