Might be a good night for a road trip, as L.A. gig to get to this week bills San Diego’s odd-pop songsmith Rafter with Oakland trip-hop trio Why? at the Echoplex. Suggest you get Why?’s excellent Alopecia in the changer and point it north.... SanFran prog punks Triclops! dropped their full-length debut, the ambitious, if exhausting, Out of Africa, in March. The Alternative Tentacles disc roils over frenetic drum and bass runs that land just this side of math rock; that is to say, the Jesus Lizard side. Recommend you burn “Mi Plisboy” and ten-minute epic “Bug Bomb” for the best ofs. Lauded L.A. blues-metal trio 400 Blows and another band called the Followers open the Ché Café sets tonight. By the by, both Triclops! and the Followers Google to Wookieepedia, “the Star Wars Wiki.” I know.... Anyway, blues-rockers Foghat take that slow ride out to Sycuan. The ever-changing quartet is best known for a spate of rock hits during the disco era, including “Fool for the City” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” Interesting local story line, in 2005 Bonita Vista High students petitioned to have “Slow Ride” played as the school’s lunch bell and got it. Can’t you smell the fish fingers?.... Local indie kids Royal Campaign stump at Bar Pink. MySpace takes suggest a dramatic pop-n-rock set. Immediately listenable. Check ‘em out.... Ken Club appropriately books a Beautiful View with a Roman Spring.... Didja hear? Chasers was bought up by the Bluetooth crew — sorry, BlueFOOT. Not the yuppie earpiece peeps, the yuppie bar peeps.
A Frames’ Lars Finberg’s sideshow the Intelligence edifies Bar Pink Friday night. Can’t get enough pop experimentalism? Submerge yourself in the multi- instrumentalist’s post-punk catalogue and set yourself free. Finberg et al. are just back from Europe behind last year’s In the Red disc Deuteronomy, their third and best to date, and pass through town on a U.S. tour. Let’s just go ahead and call this one bar bill of the week.... The lovely and talented Rhett Miller rolls his Old 97’s aboard the Hornblower for a bay-bound bash brought by KPRI’s “Rock Without Rules!” Up to you to find out how to get in on this. Apparently, there are no rules, but there’s, like, hoops. And there’s plenty of press on the 97 ’s latest Americana collection, Blame It on Gravity, if yer interested.... Otherwise: OC punk akts Gutter mouth and Voodoo Glow Skulls torch it up at Canes. The Skulls drop a little ska in the mix. They’re dance-y!.... Irradio dials in the alt-rock at Brick by Brick with Killola, Action Design, Jupiter Sound Clash, and the Forward.... Hispanic hardcores Cabrón roll up on the Ken.... Ché Café stages grindcore groups Graf Orlock, Zann (Germany), Lewd Acts, and Ghostlimb.... And townie trio Death on Mars shoegaze at O ’Connells.
Dinosaur Jr. J Mascis’s heavy-metal side, Witch, joins locals Earthless and the Bay Area’s Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound to fill a supersonic bill at Casbah Saturday night. Mascis goes back to drums, his original trip, in Witch, but rumor is he won’t make the date, and Mario of Earthless will hit the kit behind both bands. No easy feat. The triple bill of power trios has been pummeling the Left Coast this summer and will wrap it up in L.A. Sunday night.... Like a rolling stone, Duluth, Minnesota’s favorite son Robert Zimmerman, aka Bob Dylan, continues his never-ending tour with a Concert on the Green near Qualcomm. In October, the folk-rock wunderkind will drop bootleg number eight, Tell Tale Signs. Dude and his catalogue are inexhaustible.... Fest fave Xavier Rudd appears at 4th&B. The Australian multi-instrumentalist just dropped his fifth studio disc of blues-n-roots jams, Dark Shades of Blue.... Ken Club stages funk-rockers Fing. The five-piece garnered an SDMA nomination for Best New Artist this year due to disco-Beck debut Making Love with Fear. A Scribe Amidst the Lions and Bedford Grove also on the bill.... Filipino alt-rock stars Bamboo hit Epi centre. Tix for this start at 45 big ones. Heh?.... Guitar duo Strunz & Farah do their flamenco thing at Anthology.... While Wave House in Belmont Park continues its summer series by laying down Unwritten Law. Expect a live DVD from the Poway punk-pop act later this year. The quartet filmed Live and Lawless at Hollywood’s Key Club in March.... Hate to generalize, but what the fuh — there’s more of the same with Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, and the Expendables at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre...Canobliss and Animal Corpse at Soma...and Shinedown, Jet Black Stare, and 6th Day at House of Blues.
Cowboys and Indians. Texas troubadour Willie Nelson drives the big coach to Harrah’s Rincon Casino in Valley Center Sunday night. The 75-year-old iconic country-music outlaw is back on the charts with Toby Keith and their Grammy-winning single “Whiskey for My Men (and Beer for My Horses)”.... “Gypsy vampire pirates” unite when Burning of Rome takes the stage at Casbah. The local seven-piece just dropped their second collection of orchestral pop and dark rock, DEATH-POP. Tapedeck Mountain, Feeling’s Mutual, and Tushushimare set the stage.
Belly Up brings in Austin roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo. Escovedo’s musical family tree includes brothers Coke and Pete, niece Sheila E., and his kid brother, SanDago’s own MEX Mario. The singer/songwriter came up in the Bay Area in various punk acts before moving on to Austin during the height of alt-country. His songs have been covered by genre luminaries Steve Earle, the Jayhawks, Lucinda Williams, and Son Volt. Escovedo is out to tout his latest, Real Animal. Carrie Rodriguez sets the Solana Beach stage.... OC electro punks RoMak & the Space Pirates preside over Casbah and 94/9’s Anti-Monday meet-up this week. Check Space takes of debut Attack of the Has-Been Androids for a taste of their sci-fi dance jams. With Microphone Mike, the Crocodiles, and Qu’est-ce Que C’est.
“Ears will pop and eyes will blink” when Secretly Canadian acts Bodies of Water (L.A.) and Throw Me the Statue (Seattle) play Casbah. Both bands touring the world behind spanking-new discs of experimental pop-rock hits. Recommendable bill will be set up by locals Jamuel Saxon.... Bar Pink’s Tiki Tuesday t’do has “kings of Caribbean surf music” the Wadadli Riders. The quartet comes to Cali from Antigua and Barbuda.... Texas alt-rock trio the Toadies are back and hopping into Belly Up Tuesday night with Buckfast and the Lions.... Alsos: hardcore crews Ceremony, Poverty Bay Saints, SBV, and Clocked In play the Ché...while Okie groove-metal quintet Bleed the Sky rains down on Brick by Brick.