SanFran rock band Birdmonster flies through town on their way to this year’s SXSW fest in Austin. The quartet’s been soaring since the release of 2006 crit-hit No Midnight. Though the band draws comparison to Modest Mouse, Monk say Birdmonster eat Mouse — “Our goal is to rock so hard one of us faints.” Check ‘em live tonight at Casbah where they’ll preview material from a sophomore disc due to drop this summer. L.A. gazer-pop poster boys Low vs Diamond headline — cough — early night — cough, cough.... Goth-pop’s on at Beauty Bar where Bay Area nu-wavers The Hundred Days will mine Cure’s strum-n-synth and Roxy vox.... I’m all out of love, I’m so somethin’ somethin’ somethin’... Seventies hitmakers Air Supply (“Even the Nights Are Better,” “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”) appear at Sycuan. You’ve probably seen those Time-Life infomercials with the two Australian dudes shilling “soft rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s.” That’s them.... L.A. hotspot Hotel Café is sponsoring a tour of hipster troubadours — Ingrid Michaelson, Greg Laswell, Cary Brothers, etcet. The Hotel Café Tour pulls in to Belly Up and appears to be sold out...? Ken Club stages Get Your Death On (“Sounds like: Pink Shellabbath”) with Oaks and Archons.... SXSW-bound garage band Thee Emergency (Seattle) roll through Zombie Lounge. Check the levels on last year’s Can You Dig It? Local alt-rock trio Firethorn, due to drop Pollution for the Fountain of Youth, set the stage.
Greg Graffin and his traveling punk-rock revivalists Bad Religion set up at House of Blues for three nights. Apparently the L.A. band will be camping out at HoB’s everywhere. The Epitaph artists are out to tout last year’s New Maps of Hell. Friday night it’s Ignite and HDR in support; Miss Derringer and Del Torro on Saturday; Sunday night, the Briggs and Hi-Fi Handgrenades.... Early emos Live deliver ‘90s anthems (“Selling the Drama,” “Lightning Crashes”) to Viejas. The four-piece York, PA, band broke with 1994’s multi-platinum Throwing Copper, a modern-rock collection made exceptional by the big voice of frontman Ed Kowalczyk and his guru inspirations. Their latest is last year’s live takes Radiant Sea: A Collection of Bootleg Rarities.... The Modlins drop pretty pop at Beauty Bar. The natty hometowners have a knack for Beatles-y backbeats and harmonies, but the songs describe K-tel comps. Check the Mods’ ‘07 debut With Friends Like These. The boys’ll share the back-yard stage with locals Apes of Wrath and SFriscans Music for Animals.... The remainders: Crash Encore and Drowning Men wash up at Casbah... Angelino reggae rockers the Aggrolites ska ‘Canes... Long Live Logos and the Softlightes entertain teens at Mira Mesa’s Epicentre... And there are a coupla comedy sets at 4th&B this weekend: TV personality Bob Saget riffs Friday night and Stern favorite Craig Gass does Pacino on Saturday.
Casbah stages a rootsy double bill with NorCal’s Delta Spirit and Morning Benders. The Bay Area bands are trucking it to SXSW with fresh product. Spirit’s Ode to Sunshine bounces with raggy keys while the Benders’ Talking through Tin Cans hurls guitar pop, they’re both barking up Dr. Dog’s tree.... ‘Round downtown: Northwest grunge punks Red Fang (Portland) and the Cops (Seattle) drop in to Pink Elephant on their way to Austin... Local indie kids Blackout Party, a.m. vibe, and irradio dial in at Ken Club... and Vena Cava and Tulsa play Tower Bar. Looks like Cava’s going to Austin “just to hang out”.... Bye George! After 50 years in the bar biz, George Scolari will hang up his hat, or apron or whatever. Get to Scolari’s Office Saturday for a farewell bash. Foodstuffs and libations from noon till whenev. The North Park nightspot will soon close for renovations by new owners. No indication as to whether the new venue will continue Scolari’s tradition of fringe-rock bookings.
Sixty years of records and tours and four Grammys since 2002, that’s the backward story of gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama. The soul singers hark back to traditional fare on their latest, Down in New Orleans, which they’ll tour through Belly Up. Don’t let “gospel” or “traditional” fool you, though, these eight Southern gents stride, boogie, and rock — check their covers of Tom Waits, Ben Harper, and Rolling Stones. L.A.’s unsung roots rocker Tom Freund will premiere material from forthcoming Collapsible Plans in the opening slot. Plans is Tom’s first since 2004’s breakthrough Copper Moon.... For the kids in the back of the class, Pink Elephant brings French Kiss recording artists the Dodos to town. The San Fran duo is set to drop acoustic rocker Visiter 3/18 — think a more song-centric Animal Collective. Fellow Bay Area psych folkies the Oh Sees set the stage.... Down at Casbah, synth-rock sets by Gil Mantera’s Party Dream (Youngstown), Mahjongg (Chicago), and Old Time Relijun (Portland).
Showman David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain bring their New York Dolls back to town. The glam-punk progenitors — they first laid this schtick ca. 1971 — cooled the classics last time round to feature ’06’s One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, a disc that featured appearances by Johansen fans Michael Stipe and Iggy Pop. Now that the NYC sextet has split with the Roadrunner label, the shill is gone. The Dolls and SD trio Grand Ole Party kick it at Belly Up Monday night.... Electro-experimentalists Health (L.A.) press effects at Casbah’s weekly Anti-Monday meet. Tourmates Crystal Castles have canceled due to injury to lead singer Alice Glass. Local dance-rock dudes the Muslims heat up the room.... Beauty Bar’s booked SanFran bands the Blacks, whose debut, Nom de Guerre, smacks of surfy ‘52s, and slack-rock quartet Aim Low Kid, who are apparently aiming right at Pavement.
Study break! UCSD’s Ché Café presents Weatherbox, Society!, and Snuffaluffagus. Weatherbox just dropped Doghouse debut American Art, an aggressive power-pop collection that the local quartet will tour cross-country this spring.... Anglophilic nu-wavers the Fascination shares a Casbah bill with like-minded locals Bobby Fantasy and Monday’s Alibi.... Free set by Static of the Gods at Beauty Bar.