It’s more than a feeling, chowdah heads, Boston’s on the midway. After the death of lead vocalist Brad Delp last year, the classic rock band turned to YouTube, where they found Boston fan Tommy DeCarlo of North Carolina nailing covers of their hits ( “Smokin’,” “Don’t Look Back”). Watch DeCarlo’s dream come true as he sings beside guru music man and Boston founder Tom Scholz at the Del Mar Fair.... Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra kick up some nouveau flamenco at Anthology. The guitar collective dropped their latest, Scent of Light, last month. Twenty-eight albums later, still filed under New Age.... San Diego’s men in black Cash’d Out have got your Cash covers covered at Canes.... Long Beach’s dramatic-song quintet Repeater celebrates a CD release for debut Iron Flowers at Beauty Bar. With local electro-jams dance band Buddy Akai.... NYC pop act rumi plays Chasers. Strokes with manners.... Jivewire/One Nation DJs spin at Casbah. Early set by L.A. trip-hop kid Kenan Bell.... Victory Nightlife hosts DJs and dance event Club Massive at House of Blues.
After the fireworks... Canuck rock-rollers the Constantines moved up a rung on the indie-rock ladder by signing to art-punk label Arts & Crafts last year. The quintet delivers their initial offering and critical hit Kensington Heights to Casbah Friday night. Shout out for the Horsey Craze encore and watch the ‘Tines rip through fellow Canadian Neil Young’s greazy guitar romps. With Ladyhawk and Modern Rifles, this bill’s Big Rawk Show of the week.... Belly Up stages Organika Music Sound roots-reggae sets, featuring Don Carlos, Lambs Blood, and Rare Form Live.... While Beauty Bar books experimental psych rockers Beautiful Noise, pop folkies Emery Byrd, and Austin indie chick DD Dagger.
Punk akts Pivit, Agent 51, Arm the Angels, and Critical Me fill a bill at Canes.... Avalon Tattoo’s anniversary bash is ink’d for Casbah, with Hammond horror show the Creepy Creeps. The Glossines, Batar-Zan, and you don’t talk about Revenge Club also on the bill.... Top of the pops. UK pop star Natasha Bedingfield and Aussie twin sibs the Veronicas visit House of Blues.
All the way from Duluth, Minnesota, the Retribution Gospel Choir! The trio plays short, sharp alt-rock songs and features the two dudes from indie darlings Low. Check the Space takes from their s/t debut. Smacks of ‘90s Midwest power pop. (Pass the Sugar, Mr. Mould.) Local shoegazers Dreamtiger set the Casbah stage with Glisten.... Sun City siblings Richard and Alan Bishop are out in honor of deceased drummer Charles Gocher. The Brothers Unconnected tribute to the music of Arizona punks Sun City Girls goes down Sunday night at Bar Punk Elephant.... San Diego sonics Lower Definition will rock the states this summer behind their debut, The Greatest of All Lost Arts. Catch the SD CD-release thing at Soma, with Static Lullaby and Dance Gavin Dance.... More reggaeton in Solana Beach, as Israel Vibration sets a tone for two nights at Belly Up. Outlaw Nation in support.... And there’s War at the Fairgrounds.
Gonna be a singalong at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up with nautical songs from Oakland indie act Port O’Brien, whose new collection, All We Could Do Was Sing, is flavor of the month in the Web works. Check out “I Woke Up Today” and then put out that Arcade Fire, bloggers. Portland’s odd-pop folkies The Builders and the Butchers split the bill.... Detroit’s Dark Lotus delivers their latest alt-rock and rap collection, Opaque Brotherhood, to House of Blues.
Folk-rock progeny Teddy Thompson does parents Richard and Linda proud. The Brit brat just released his fourth studio record of singer/songwriterly stuff, A Piece of What You Need. Teddy plays Belly Up with Americana act the Slidewinders Tuesday night.... Nashville country skrunks the Legendary Shack Shakers spill Swampblood on Casbah’s stage. Cotton Fever and the Go Duo goose the room.
Punk-rock minimalists Christmas Island (SD), Meth Teeth (Portland), and the Mutators (Vancouver) hooked up for a little Left Coast lark. They’ll come through town Wednesday night. Tasty triple bill, and you haven’t been out to Tower Bar in for, like, ever.... Miss the door at that one, ’round the bend at U-31 you got SanFran beats band Von Iva with Astra Heights and Long Live Logos.... L.A.’s pop-rock poster boys Rooney appear at House of Blues behind their last Geffen gift Calling the World.... And there’s a benefit for Andrew Arroyave at Casbah, featuring Buddy Akai, Shark Attack DJs, Qu’est-ce Que C’est, and the Hell on Heels Burlesque. Go do good.
— Barnaby Monk