Steel Town septet Rusted Root surfaces at House of Blues. This summer marks 20 years for the touring/recording festival favorites, whose roots rock leans more to bluegrass and afrobeat than Dead jams. Check out new single “Bad Son” on their “certified organic” Space page. Pete Francis opens on the main stage, while Modern Day Moonshine swills it all night long in the Voodoo Room.... The Staples Singers’ Mavis Staples belts R&B and gospel standards at supper club Anthology. The Chicagoland chanteuse signed to ANTI- Records last year to release We’ll Never Turn Back, a collection of songs from the Civil Rights movement and two originals by the disc’s producer, Ry Cooder. Staples turns 69 tonight.... Groove cats Science Fiction get otherworldly at Bar Pink Elephant with organ-driven funk and jazz. DJ Artistic spins round sets.... Beauty Bar stages O.B. rock quintet Swedish Models, who, though neither Swedish nor models, do know how to strut and pop. Opening set by Sayvinyl, the Encinitas act that covers Scarlett Johansson covering Tom Waits.
Omaha pop quintet Tilly and the Wall give the Epicentre all-agers O, their latest Team Love disc. Check out the kiddie-vid for “Pot Kettle Black” and dig the shoe-beat beats.... MEX caters Latin-flavored party jams at Pink Elephant. Mario Escovedo’s big band is becoming a staple at the North Park hotspot. Long Beach band Los Mysteriosos open and promise “epic tales of lost love and bullfighting”.... Dub guru Mad Professor conjures “second-generation reggae” at Worldbeat Cultural Center. The madman is out in support of last year’s Dub You Like Crazy.... “Ghetto Superman” Lyfe Jennings visits “socially conscious R&B” on House of Blues. The multi- instrumentalist’s new Sony disc Lyfe Change includes chart hits “Cops Up” and “Never Never Land”.... Local rockers Scarlet Symphony, Vision of a Dying World, and Thin Man fill a bill at Casbah. Dig Vision’s experimental folk full-length And the Grammar Lamb, out on Single Screen Records.
Eighties Brit hit Howard Jones moves the Moog to Anthology Saturday night. The synth-pop star rose with new-wave charters “New Song,” “Like to Get to Know You Well,” and, try as you might, who can forget “No One Is to Blame”? Jones performs as electronic duo with Robbie Bronnimann. Check out last year’s Live in Birkenhead disc for a preview. None of the Billboard songs are on there.... “It’s On (Uh-huh),” as “The Tommy Redding Showcase” hits 4th&B. The local up-and-comer mixes hip-hop beats and soul vox for rhythm & bruise. Redding’s full-length debut due soon; in the mean, check out single “It’s On”.... TJ “crustcore” crew Bumbklaat headline a hardcore bill at Ché Café, with Santa Cruz sonic squallers Fell Voices, Thou, and Leech.... The dude in Parlor Mob’s got a serious Jack White affect. In fact, the whole thing’s downright Raconteurian. Get a taste of And You Were a Crow on the Jersey band’s Space page and catch ‘em at Casbah with JFK and Hotel St. George.
Austinites Shearwater flow into Casbah Sunday night. Shearwater was an early side project of Okkervil River’s Jonathan Meiberg and Will Sheff. Meiburg and the current line-up, which does not include Sheff, just released Rook to critical acclaim. The disc’s quiet experimentation, explosivity, and Meiburg’s voice recall Mark Hollis — a very good thing. Get into it. With local big band Red Pony Clock and psych-folkies the Donkeys setting the stage, this one’s club date of the month. By the by, RPC is off to tour Europe next week. Go, Ponies!... Sunday’s the Pink Pachyderm’s one-year anniversary, featuring Gary and the Gnats. (Highlight of Year One had to be the King Kahn and BBQ Show last November...si or no?).... Whole bunch of cool junk going on down the street at Whistle Stop, too — a Citizen Video matinee flick, Greg Gerding’s book-release read, and gypsy-jazz cats Trio Gadjo after all.... Bay Area hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics (Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, Souls of Mischief) appears at Belly Up.... “What’s New Pussycat?” Not Tom Jones, but he’ll still be singing ‘em low and wearin’ ‘em tight at Humphrey’s Sunday night.... And Peter Frampton will play his hit at Harrah’s Rincon.
Boston-based Harry & the Potters bring their Unlimited Enthusiasm tour to town. Brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge expound on the J.K. Rowling series in indie-twisted pop songs. Give a listen to “Save Ginnie Weasley.” So fun. So worth the trip to Epicentre. Math the Band and Jason Anderson in support.... We’ve GOT to save Ginnie Weasley from the basilisk!
I want YOU to want...the Big Ticket at the Cricket Tuesday night, with Journey, Heart, and Cheap freaking Trick. Just like Guitar Hero II, dudes!... Heavy head trippers Earthless and Mythical Beast deliver metal jams to campus club Ché Café.... While U.K.’s Duke Spirit and hometown hits Republic of Letters play Belly Up. This is Duke Spirit’s first U.S. date in support of their latest, Neptune. Despite the press release, the Leila Moss–led band sounds more like Sugarcubes than Pixies. Cool website, though.
Brooklyn-based artist/songsmith Joseph Arthur and his Lonely Astronauts crash down at Anthology Wednesday night. Music’s consistently catchy. The Museum of Modern Arthur is pretty cool, too. Check it out at museumofmodernarthur.com. With Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Ternheim, who’s out to tout her U.S. debut, Halfway to Fivepoints.... The Sess, Gizzards, and Here Comes the Big Black Cloud rain R&B-infused garage rock on O’Connells in Bay Park. Catch up with Sess’ debut Agendumb yet? C’mon, man.... Chris Isaak croons and swoons Humphrey’s by the Bay.... Aspects of Physics break it down at Casbah, with the Followers, Extra Life, and Nate Baldwin.... And Ché Café hosts a Plan-It-X Records showcase, featuring Ghost Mice from Florida and the Heathers of Ireland.
— Barnaby Monk