Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow you to Belly Up tonight, where P-funk maestro George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic host a Valentine’s Day love-in. Since 1956, the five core members, who started out as a doo-wop act in Plainfield, NJ, have grown to two-dozen players delivering psych-funk dance jams on record and road. Parliament’s known for their colorful, brassy sets, yet Clinton couches courses in sociopolitics in the band’s party mix. Check out 2005’s How Late Do You Have 2BB4UR Absent? for the collective’s latest.... Casbah’s Valentine’s affair has all the flavors of the day, including headliners Grand Ole Party, who’s rock-n-soul debut Humanimals dropped last month. Ex-Eiffel Tower bombers the Prayers share the stage, while folkie droners Fantastic Magic put their spell on the Atari Lounge. Skull Kontrol DJs spin between sets.… If your sweetheart’s old school or just likes it old school, Sycuan Casino’s booked Tommy James and the Shondells (“Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion”). The original Shondells haven’t recorded since the band broke up in 1970, but in 2007 James and the group reunited in a New Jersey recording studio. Can’t wait for that one, then check 2005 remasters The Greatest Hits of Tommy James & the Shondells for the essential oldies.
Shake out the zoot! Anthology’s putting up a swing set Friday night when revivalists Royal Crown Revue spin through the Little Italy supper club. The L.A. seven-piece has outlasted fellow throwbacks with a dose of punkabilly and by keeping the Warped kids in touch. Cred: couple of the Crowns were in punk band Youth Brigade. RCR is on the road in support of their latest, El Toro.... Round the corner at 4th&B, Scottish saxman Richard Elliot blows for the downtown crowd. Elliot’s best known for his years with funk jam band Tower of Power, but since has kept smooth jazz rough around the edges and hooked up with trumpeter Rick Braun. The two are touting their first collaboration, released on their own ARTizen Music Group label, R n R.... London club queen Sia kicks off her North American tour Friday night at Belly Up. The singer is stateside to promote her new dance-pop confection — er, collection, Some People Have Real Problems. The club site says it’s sold out exclamation point.... So, stay downtown, where Whistle Stop’s caged hook-heavy rockers Emery Byrd with alt-country trio Silverbird.... Drag the River, Cory Branan, Silent Comedy are on Casbah’s main stage while Vena Cava’s back in the Atari Cava.... Mellowdrone will do just that at Beauty Bar.... And apparently Friday night is Japanese Sunday at Ken Club.
It’s been 30 years of “1-2-3-4!” for “Metal” Mike Saunders and his L.A. hardcore band Angry Samoans, who peaked with early '80s classics Inside my Brain (1980) and Back from Samoa (1982) and frequent tours with compatriots the Dead Kennedys. Unable to keep quiet about world events, the abrasive Samoans regrouped and dropped e.p. Fuck the War in '06. Catch the news, punk-rock style, at Brick by Brick Saturday night, with the equally divisive Battle Born, Blood Stained Reality, and Tim Raldo & Filthy Fuks.... Tahoe jam band Blue Turtle Seduction visit granola rock on Winstons. Sacramento’s psychedelic soul brothers Izabella open the O.B. room’s mini roots fest.... Saxman and funk pioneer Maceo Parker will appear at Belly Up. The 64-year-old Kinston, N. Carolina, native has recorded and shared the stage with James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins... Parker’s touring in support of his 2007 solo soul-jazz piece Roots & Grooves. Grand Pianoramax featuring Celena Glenn and DJ Scotto also on the bill.... Oh, mama, I’m in fear for my life — Styx is back and they’re playing House of Blues. Styx is the Angry Samoans of the conceptual-rock set.... Raceway dance bands Big Sandy, the Palominos, and Todd Stedman rev up Casbah.... Latin grooves at 'Canes, with Agua Dulce...and just a rock and roll off the 805, you got garage punks Batar-Zan playing Tower Bar, SD nu-wavers Manganista at Ken Club, and L.A.’s Ringers have an appointment at the Beauty Bar.
Belly Up’s serving stuffed chops on Sunday as two of San Diego’s up-and-coming unknowns, Dynamite Walls and Drowning Men, rock the Solana Beach stage. You like rock-n-soul, you’ll dig these sleeper sets of the week. Sit with some MySpace samples, and we’ll see you there.... There’s a wedding anniversary/party at Casbah, and it looks as if the couple registered at the pop-rock shop to book Beatle burners Get Back Loretta, quirk-pop duo Bunky, and newbies Listening to Rocks. The Lorettas will be jumping around the left side of the country next few months watering late-blooming debut Over the Wall.... Latin jazzman Johnny Polanco appears at Anthology Sunday night. The multi-instrumentalist is bandleader of L.A. collective Conjunto Amistad...which means Static Lullaby. Not really. But you can catch the Chino, Cali, screamos at SOMA with Enter Shikari, Take the Crown, Mikoto, and A Shattered Hope.
A night of '80s throwbacks as Casbah’s Anti-Monday League props locals Manganista for release of the indie-pop acts Propaganda in Stereo. Also on the bill: Bay Area funk-rocker Chow Nasty, kitsch-glitch Devo duo Alpha Channel, and east L.A. 'wavers Beatmo.... Soul sister Lady Dottie will wear out her Diamonds at Tower Bar, as she’s wont to do come Monday nights.
Sound scientist Stan Ridgway presents Wall of Voodoo’s Call of the West Tuesday night at Belly Up. West is the 1982 new wave staple that held the hit “Mexican Radio.” Ridgway will be joined by San Diego songstress Cindy Lee Berryhill, who’s out in support of Beloved Stranger, featuring timely election-year number “When Did Jesus become a Republican?”.... Cra-a-azy on you — the sisters Wilson deliver Heart's timeworn riffage to Harrah’s Rincon. Couple Heart classics made it onto last year’s hot-ticket Guitar Hero game, and this year, the Shout Factory series will release the girls on Legendary Albums Live: Dreamboat Annie.... Psychedelic spacemen Nudity (Olympia, WA) tour their new Discourage disc Nightfeeders through Casbah. Check the Web samples — it’s as billed, “Seventies avant noise with poise,” like MC5 doing Tull covers. Local noiseniks A Scribe Amidst the Lions and Thieves & Liars will baptize you.