Los Angelino rock poet Dave Alvin and his Guilty Men will do a stretch at Belly Up tonight. The former Blaster brother is best known for his gritty barroom guit and storied lyrics. The roots rocker dropped one of them coveted Live from Austin, TX: Austin City Limits discs last year. Tucson country cats the Hacienda Bros. set the Solana Beach stage.... Beauty Bar books a pop-rock hat trick with Raleigh, NC, alterna-pop act the Annuals, whose debut, Wet Zoo, was released Tuesday. Sounds like a whole lotta Southern-fried Coldplay. Locals Sayvinyl and Frantic Romantic fill the bill.... L.A. hip-hop heavies the Living Legends appear at 'Canes. That’s eight dudes rocking mics up there fo’ frenzied flow. MCs Murs, Pacific Division, and Paul Detah at large with the Legends.... Casbah hosts a Rock Against MS Fundraiser, featuring tough shuffling blues act Mama Red and the North Park Band and Translation Audio.
Former TJ hotspot Multikulti is now Planet Tijuana, and the showcase has got a couple top-shelf bookings this weekend. Friday night, electroclash duo MSTRKRFT will mash it up. You can check the Canadian crunkers’ '06 debut The Play for a taste, but you can be sure they’ll be premiering fresh cuts from an as-of-yet-untitled disc due to drop in September.... Go ask Alice, SanFran’s '60s stalwarts Jefferson Starship land at Anthology Friday night. Everything up to “We Built This City,” right?... Former Wu-Tanger Raekwon will tip a taste of his summertime rapper Only Built for Cuban at 4th&B.... Huntington Beach rapcore crew Hed(pe) join Subnoize Souljaz and Potluck & Dog Boy for a beachside party at 'Canes.... Round downtown: Calico Horse trots out a CD release party at Casbah. The quartet’s Pall Jenkins–produced debut is called Mirror (Banter Records) and languishes in lady-led mood pieces. With the psych-folkies the Donkeys and Swim Party.... Tower Bar stages Single Screen recording artists Vision of a Dying World and Red Feathers. Rumor is that this is the Feathers’ last gig. Didn’t their record just come out? Could be sleeper sets of the week with the up-and-coming Growlers.... Bloody Hollies and Desert Diamonds spill at Beauty Bar.... And Wild Weekend and Naughty Bird drop in on Pink Elephant.
A festivus for the rest of us. The 29th annual Fiesta del Sol hits Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach with the English Beat and the Romantics.... For the road warriors, there’s the first ever Manimal Festival at Pappy & Harriet’s Palace in Pioneertown above JoshTree, featuring Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, BlackBlack, Hecuba, the Chapin Sisters, and Xu Xu Fang. An indie-rock ghost town hoedown.... Else: House of Blues exhumes punk-rock pioneers the Dead Kennedys.... We Started Nothing. U.K. drama poppers the Ting Tings premiere Nothing at Casbah. Anna Rossi and a.m. vibe open.... And the Beach Boys surf Humphrey’s while Beatles trib act Fab Faux invades Spreckels. Beach Boys vs. Beatles — just like old times.
Another mini fest: check out the 94/9 Independence Jam at Southwestern College, featuring the Hold Steady. Sure, Boys and Girls in America doesn’t rock quite like Separation Sunday, but the heaping helping of both is worth the fare. Flogging Molly headlines with Cold War Kids. The “official afterparty” goes off at Casbah, featuring Cop Shoot Cop Tod A.’s Firewater and the Sess. Firewater’s new one, The Golden Hour, derails punk pop with worldbeat. Get it in your carousel, kids.... Ché Café serves up odd-pop tag team Frog Eyes (Victoria, Canada) and Fantastic Magic.... The Beatless and VV Morgue animate the Zombie.... And south of the border, Icelandic ambients Sigur Rós drift into Planet Tijuana with local sonics Album Leaf and a Beautiful Noise. Get on Sigur’s latest, Gobbledigook. Dream tracks.
Suck This! Portsmouth, NH, punk pansies the Queers protest Mondays at Casbah on the Asian Man Records tour. Fellow Asian bands Lemuria, Bomb the Music Industry, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Kepi Ghoulie in support.... Junior Brown and Rosie Flores cowboy up Belly Up.... Years Around the Sun arrives at Beauty Bar.... Joan of Arc, 13 Knots, and Japanese Sunday play Ché.
Damn Yankee Ted “the Nuge” Nugent comes packing at House of Blues. The Detroit slinger’s out in support of last year’s Love Grenade, which landed the 60-year-old back on Billboard. Check out the remake of his Amboy Dukes '60s psych-rock classic “Journey to the Center of the Mind”.... Must be a Detroit invasion downtown, as covers crew Detroit Cobras slither into Casbah. The garage-rockers are best known for their greazy treatment of cherry-picked hits. Sample last year’s Bloodshot release Tied & True.... Erykah Badu and the Roots bring R&B to Humphrey’s.... Singer and Aspects of Physics get experimental on Beauty Bar’s back-yard stage.... Amherst, MA, screamos Ampere bring DIY hardcore to Ché. New Trust and Loma Prieta in support.
Ex–Acid Bath frontman Dax Riggs rolls into Casbah. After moderate success with his last act, Deadboy & the Elephantmen, the Austinite broke from bands. Riggs is out to tout new solo disc If This Is Hell, Then I’m Lucky.... Belly Up hosts a 91X Loudspeaker thing, with a hot three-way ticket, featuring locals the Sess, Burning of Rome, and Japanese Sunday. The Sess are rollin’ hard behind rollicking punk-n-blues debut Agendumb... San Fran indie kids Scissors for Lefty cut up Underhanded Romance for Soma kids. Oakland’s hard-rocking Matches headline behind their third Epitaph disc A Band in Hope.
— Barnaby Monk