Who hasn’t confused the similarly named Wedding Present and Birthday Party? (Sure.) David Gedge, founder and mainstay front of the 25-year-old Leeds quartet, admits Cave and co. were v. influential over their early style and sound, quirky rave-ups dug from the same mines tapped by Buzzcocks, Gang of Four, and, oi, the Birthday Party. Wedding Present recently released the Albini-produced and well-received El Rey, Gedge’s eighth studio set and self-described “return to lust, jealousy, betrayal, regret, obsession, and, um, superheroes.” You get all that and L.A. indie hits Earlimart at Casbah tonight.... Big in the U.K. Glasgow indie-pop trio the Fratellis front House of Blues behind their sophomore set Here We Stand, a collection of iPod stomps with a shelf life. Get ‘em while they’re hot — they sold out Boston, NYC, and L.A. Airborne Toxic Event and Electric Touch set the downtown stage.... Nashville’s Los Straitjackets restrain Belly Up with “surfabilly” instrumentals and Hell on Heels burlesque. The Professors open with a surf-rock set of their own.... The Muslims and Thin Man pop in Bar Pink. Muslims warm up for a Street Scene set this weekend.... This one’s weird-cool: Radio Room hosts a DVD-release party for Arab on Radar’s Sunshine for Shady People. No, the Providence noise-rock progenitors won’t be there. Local post-punks Batwings live and DJ sets by the Locust.
Two nights of Street Scene start Friday night. Marquee names are Beck (Friday) and the Black Crowes (Saturday). Sets to see’re Spoon and TV on the Radio Friday night, the National and Man Man Saturday.... Not into it? Tempe rootsicana band What Laura Says says it at Bar Pink. They’re out to tout recommendable debut Thinks and Feels. Give it a spin.... Neil’s getting-famouser-and-famouser singer-songwriter son Liam Finn headlines a Casbah bill with English alt-pop pinups the Veils and Bongo Beat’s acoustic cat Ari Shine.... Punk-pop crossovers Rancid infect Soma (not your father’s punk rock, kid).... Hometown hit Rafter joins Phoenix acoustic assaulters Fatigo for a Whistle Stop stop.
These Arms Are Snakes slither into campus club Ché Café. The Seattle quartet is on a world tour behind this year’s Suicide Squeeze studio set Tail, Swallower & Dove. File alongside Blood Brothers. Nevada City label mates S.Bach open.... Heeeere’s Johnny! Not. Johnny Cash apers Cash’d Out exhume the Man in Black at Casbah. Roots rocker Todd Stedman and his “high-octane hollowbody” in support.... Jammy bands and SDMA nominees Deadline Friday and Sky Held Sun shine on Belly Up.... Oakland’s “other rock” experimentalists Man/Miracle will do some “Pushing and Shoving” at Beauty Bar. Check the quartet’s Space takes. Trés cool.... Couple CD-release sets Saturday night: Jangada’ll prop Brazilian riddims off their OnSurfari Sessions at Winstons...and Rat City Riot drops their latest TAANG! punk-n-roll collection on Radio Room.
Miles Hunt of the Wonder Stuff and Mission U.K.’s Wayne Hussey drop in on Casbah Sunday night. The two Brit bad boys are shilling singer-songwriterly solo stuff. Uh-huh. Go for opener Lisa Dewey. The SanFran songstress recalls ‘80s ambients Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush.... You know where your parents will be Sunday night — on a midnight train to Harrah’s Rincon for that ‘70s show: Chicago, Al Green, and, that’s right, Gladys Knight, babies!
Local pop-punk peeps Wild Weekend’ll take a break from prepping their full-length debut to split a Bar Pink bill with U.K. punk throwbacks the Girls.... Round the bend at U31, Lady Dottie and her Diamonds roll through rock-n-blues. Looks like a steady-eddie Monday-night thing, too, at the new-ish North Park nightspot. Have you heard the Lady’s debut disc Livin’ It Up yet? Go get some.... Oaxacan cabaret coquette Lila Downs delivers Latin folk-pop to House of Blues.... And Casbah’s anti-Monday team stages Boston piano-pop act the Luxury. The dramatic-song dudes want you to know that they opened for Coldplay and no longer play for people at tables. Whatever. Will you refill my water glass when I need it? With War Stories and DJ Skullcrusher.
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea, indie-pop poet laureate David Berman brings his Silver Jews road show to Casbah Tuesday night. This touring thing is still kinda new to the SJ camp, and who knows how long the essentials’ll keep it rolling. Don’t miss it. Tennessee troubadour James Jackson Toth also on the bill.... Else: Railroad Earth rolls roots rock into Belly Up.... Celtic ensemble Solas brings Love and Laughter to Anthology.... There’ll be some window (un)dressing at Beauty Bar when synth-pop act Sex Mannequin takes the stage.
Austin big band Okkervil River flows into Belly Up behind last year’s beautiful and powerful Jagjaguwar disc The Stage Names, a unanimous end-of-year crit pick. Will Sheff and co. just released a toss-off follow-up called The Stand Ins, outtakes from Stage Names sessions that put most contemporary proper releases to shame. L.A.’s likeminded Sea Wolf sets the Solana Beach stage.... Get yer Big Rawk at SDSU’s Open Air with Jack White and the Raconteurs and London electronic rockers the Kills.... Little Joy (feat. Fabrizio Moretti of Strokes fame) join “Crop Circle Jerks” Megapuss (feat. Devendra Banhart of, uh, Devendra Banhart fame) at Casbah.... SanFran hardcore jam band Tussle wrecks the room at Bar Pink with Lemonade. That spectacle’s free.
- Barnaby Monk