In 1978, Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers sent UK radioman John Peel a demo cassette of “Suspect Device” packaged as an explosive. Bad taste from bomb-blasted Belfast. But Peel put the high-octane punk anthem in heavy rotation, which led to the band’s Rough Trade record deal. Thirty years later, Burns and the reconfigured Fingers are taking a maiden tour of Australia with a San Diego pit stop. The Belfast bad boys will punk-rock House of Blues tonight, premiering material from disc-in-the-works Liars Club. Salton City thrashers Throw Rag open the sets, while the Slackers (NYC) ska-beat HoB’s Delta Room.... There must be something in the Atlanta water with the glut of garage acts putting the Southern city on the musical map. Before the Black Lips, it was the Woggles, who are out to tout last year’s Rock and Roll Backlash, a collection of ‘60s-sounding rock ‘n’ soul. Check their Space samples for a greazy aperitif. Local hepcats the Sess and Creepy Creeps set the Casbah stage with trad SoCal surf-rock.... Soul Coughing’s baritone beat boy Mike Doughty will rock the mic at Belly Up. The Brooklyn-based artist raps poetic. Recommend career-high Ruby Vroom before new solo set Golden Delicious. The Panderers up first.... Bar Pink Elephant sets the table for local gazers Focus Group and Book of Martyrs.... And Anthony Smith’s soul-jam band Trunk Fulla Funk will land on Humphreys Backstage.
O.C. surf-punk vets Agent Orange will hit the beach hard when they drop in at the 710 Beach Club in P.B. The trio and hometown heroes Circle Jerks have served the surf and skate scenes hardcore adrenaline for over 30 years. Check the takes from Old School Warped Again for a hit.... Dave Wakeling and his English Beat settle in for two nights at the Belly Up behind You Just Can’t Beat It: The Best of the Beat, this year’s bop-solid retro-spective collection. With Culver City Dub Collective on Friday and the Bonedaddys on Saturday. Don’t know much about CCDC, but the Bonedaddys rattle it, if ya like.... Will Plant and Page ever Zep again? Who knows, but the Jimmy Page-propped Led Zepagain (“It’s amazing how much they sound like us...such attention to detail”) will give you shows. Catch the L.A. trib act at House of Blues Friday night with ZZ Top apers La Grange.... Mexi rawk emigrates to Casbah when Manic Hispanic, MEX, and Cabron drop doo-wop with a side of guac on the Middletown stage.... Citizen Video bills “Cinema Dance Fest” with folk-pop quartet Vision of a Dying World and nu-punks the Atoms live at Whistle Stop.... Mad Juanans Sami Yaffa and Karmen Guy, now of Ocean Beach, spin discs at the Pink Elephant.
This year’s rootsy-bluesy-folk-n-bluegrass stomp marks the 35th(!) anniversary of the Adams Avenue Roots & Folk Fest, which’ll roll down Normal Heights Saturday and Sunday from 10a till 7p. List of players and amenities is too damn long — get to adamsaveonline.com/RootsFestival for the particulars. But don’t not crunch kettle corn with Tomcat Courtney (Sat. at 2p), chug a coldie with Coyote Problem (Sat. at 4p), and sup on a meatwich with Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi (Sun. at 2p).... Still standing after the festivalitities? Local punk-pop heroes Unwritten Law will be out at Viejas. The Powegians will post '07’s best-of Hit List at the East County casino.... Riverside ska-punk vets Voodoo Glow Skulls will light up Soma.... Two Sheds and Ryan Ferguson’ll pop-rock Pink Elephant.... While hard-rockers Mother Mae I pound out Brick by Brick.... Else: Indie kids Red Pony Clock, Paddle Boat, and Foot Foot appear at Ché Café.... Hip-hop heavy E-40 brings 15 years of cred and dance-jam crew Jabberwockeez to 4th&B.... And Roses on Her Grave, Bloody Hollies, and Circa Now will circa '70s rawk the Casbah.
Sunday night, the self-proclaimed “King of Country Western Troubadors,” Unknown Hinson, will take Target Practice at Casbah. Performance artist Stu “Danny” Baker is the Unknown one, a sort of psychobilly vampire persona with a cold yelp and croon. You might know the voice actor from Adult Swim 'toon Squidbillies. Hinson’s cult following includes Billy Bob Thornton, Matt Groenig, and Hank III. He’s due to drop live set Alive and Undead. Local country benders Bartenders Bible will serve up an opening set.... All I can say is my life is pretty strange. Blind Melon resurfaces this year with new singer Travis Warren, hit disc For My Friends, and a tour through 'Canes.
Cinco de Mayo sets buffet: Mario Escovedo’s MEX will prop the picante party at Pink Elephant.... Dance-jam acts G. Love and Special Sauce and Taleb Kweli play full court at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.... Aussie pop-rock litter Sick Puppies lay down at 'Canes.... Lonely H and Thunderbird Motel play the Ché.... The Heavy workout at Casbah.... And it’s “Reggae de Mayo” at Belly Up, featuring Cambridge, Mass, reggaeton electronicats John Brown’s Body. International Farmers and Audible Mainframe share the bill.
Brooklyn band Blood on the Wall smear ’90s indie rock (à la Pavement, Pixies, Sonics) but with, like, no production value, which worked well on '05 crit pick Awesomer, not so much on this year’s effect-ed Liferz. Still, these Casbah sets of the week include SanFran Cali-pop band the Ohsees and Long Beach slop-pop foursome Deadly Finns. Go.
Tapes ‘n’ Tapes’ 2006 jangle-riff collection The Loon made the Minneapolis quartet Internet idols. This year’s sophomore follow-up Walk It Off offers more o’ that Fender jazz-pop but somehow pales and stales their time-sig sound. Too much of an “okay” thing? The Tapes will reel Wednesday night at Casbah with Austin’s psych-rock anti-fashionablé White Denim.... NYC’s sultry songstress Nina Nastasia is still glowing from Jim White (Dirty Three) joint You Follow Me. Get that in your collection and catch her when she soothes the Punk Elephant solo.... Round town: Philly’s psych folkies Ex-Reverie and Fern Knight head west to strum-n-hum at the Ché.... Tucson experimentalists Mostly Bears amble into Beauty Bar.... Hawaiian hellcats the Hell Caminos rock and roll over the Zombie.... And L.A. alt-rockers Lemon Sun entertain all-ages Epicentre with Rosewood Thieves, Red Feathers, and Satisfaction.
— Barnaby Monk