Peruvian-born Felipe Coronel is Harlem hip-hopper Immortal Technique. I.T. raps politik, calling out U.S. concerns in South America and the Middle East on his latest, The 3rd World. Check the track "Bin Laden (Tell the Truth)" for his bent. The rap landed him on Al Jazeera news, allowing the activist a world forum to discuss American homeland ills and foreign policy. I.T. and his "first lieutenant," DJ G.I. Joe, demonstrate battle rap at Belly Up tonight. Diabolic, DJ Artistic, and Da Circle round out the recommendable beats bill.... North County's Matt Curreri & the Exfriends make up at Casbah tonight. Check their Space takes for new City Salvage disc Joy of Life, easily one of the tastiest indie-pop collections to come outta here this year. Rafter and Coventry, England's Don't Move set the stage.... Bar Pink (née Pink Elephant — they dropped the pachyderm from their moniker) books experimental folkies Manuok and Drew Andrews. Andrews has signed to Chicagoland label Minty Fresh, which'll release debut Only Mirrors in the fall. In the mean, get to Merch Lackey for '08 Euro-tour e.p. I Could Write a Book.... Couple Sac-town trios, the prog-y Ihabial and powerpop-y Lite Brite, are nabbed by Chasers. Local indie kids the Lanterns and Witt open the sets.... Banner, Dr. Acula (get it?), Showbread, the Hotness, and Seconds from Disaster fill a bill at Soma.... While SoCal punks Agent Orange drop on Canes, with Critical Me and the Uprising.
San Fran covers band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes promise to play nice at House of Blues. The Gimmes rewire radio pop and rock to crunchy punk riffage and machine-gun vocals. Give a listen to their Space takes of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer" and John Denver's "Country Roads." Ouch. They're out to tout new Fat Wreck record Have Another Ball. Mimosa Beach hardcore novelties Black Fag and Hollywood hits the Teenage Frames open.... Del Mar Racetrack's Four O'Clock Friday freebie stages NYC electronica rockers the Bravery. The quintet's out behind The Sun and the Moon Complete, a rehash of '06 offering The Sun and the Moon — "All the same songs but a completely different album".... I hate your face! Your stupid stupid face! Local supergroup the Nightmares split a Bar Pink bill with Boston's Muck and the Mires. Both bands rock the garage-revivalist tip.... Casbah's got early sets by Josh James and Corey Chisel Friday night. After that, you got your a.m. vibe, your Transfer, and your Fever Sleeves.... L.A. 'lectronicats Ultraviolet Sound and Electric Valentine plug in at Beauty Bar.
Like ampm, babies, too much good stuff Saturday night: Omaha rocktronic quintet the Faint bring crit-hit dance jams disc The Fasciinatiion to Soma. Ex–Blood Brothers Jaguar Love set it up.... We're brown and down and coming to your town. Costa Mesa's Manic Hispanic cater Casbah to Mexi-flavored punk. Recommend a listen to the reissue of Manic's eponymous debut The Menudo Incident for a primer. With Authentic Sellout and the Crime. At 11:30 Casbah time there's a Faint after-party featuring Depressed Buttons (Joel and Todd from the Faint). It's a free set with your Soma stub, $5 w/out.... ThingamaBob! The Bob Marley Roots Rock Reggae Festival hits the infield at the Del Mar track. Show features Bob's boys Ziggy and Julian. Common Sense kicks it off at 4p. There's also a beer brouhaha boasting 50 different drinks. Free admit with paid track tix.... Since yer already up there, Steve Poltz and the Cynics and Sara Petite get acoustic at Belly Up.... Don't like the strummy hummy stuff, get your "powerviolence" on, as Bay Area bad boys Vitamin Piss stream into Ché Café alongside Spring Break!, Cheap Art, Restrained, and the Separation.... Back downtown, Chasers stages IDM soul bros. Jamuel Saxon with Hockey, Silverleaf, and Blue Skies for Black Hearts.... But the gig to get to, ya'll, is the trick triple bill at Tower Bar, where View Masters click their really last final set. With the Muslims and the Sess in support, it's on like Donkey Kong.
Silent Comedy screens after Or the Whale and Hotel St. George check in at Casbah. Vaudeville rockers Silent Comedy are on a Left Coast swing behind their s/t e.p. — this band is chock full of chops. Show the SanDago sextet some love.... Punk-rock assassins Sirhan Sirhan take out Bar Pink.... Hip-hop MCs Nas and Talib Kweli visit House of Blues.... There's floetry for those in the knowetry at Belly Up, featuring Natalie "the Floacist" Stewart and Latanya Lockett. DJ Sachamo spins round sets.... They say you want a Plastic Revolution. Beauty Bar delivers. Gunpowder Sunset kicks it off.... Raga Brits UB40 will be in town for a few, spillin' "Red Red Wine" at Humphrey's Sunday and Pala Monday.
With Blood and Guts and Happy Rain, the Lanterns light up Casbah's Anti-Monday thang. With Apes of Wrath and Laserwolf & Thunderbolt, whose promo we simply can't not print: "Short children's songs played out of amplifiers by three mens with the combined musical forceitude of a water buffalo vs. a hippo-fucking-potamus, with a flange, mostly in the key of A, and often about bad-ass shit".... "Band whore" Travis Trevisman's Tape Deck Mountain looms at Beauty Bar. Check out his Space takes from debut e.p. Sparks. So not bad.
A boy named Kim and his band the Fabulous Thunderbirds park it at Anthology for two nights. Kim Wilson and the 'Birds've been doling their "Texas-tuned butt-rockin' blues" for nie on 35 years. Go get you some. And try the short ribs.... Round the bend at House of Blues, Fast Times takes the main stage while Passenger plays the Voodoo Room.
Which Doobie you be? He was their singer and pianist for a stretch of hits — You don't know me but I'm your brother — Michael McDonald rocks the ivories and belts that dusty baritone on Humphrey's bayside.... Beware of the Dog, as rapper Shad (Bow Wow) Moss kicks it at House of Blues. He's a big dawg now, dropping the Bow Wow and due to drop a new Sony disc, Pedigree, later this year. Hometown heavies the Dago Braves go first.... The eight arms of Austin quartet Octopus Project come together at Casbah. The electronic-pop act is out after last year's Hello, Avalanche, and they're fresh off last week's Lollapalooza. Meho Plaza opens.
— Barnaby Monk