One-man band Andy Cabic will bring the touring ensemble of Vetiver to town tonight. The SanFran psych-folk band is best known for past associations with the genre’s crowned prince Devendra Banhart, but Cabic and co. have moved on. Vetiver’s latest, and first for Sub Pop, Tight Knit, expresses Cabic’s affinity for ‘70s AM pop and West Coast country, curating a collection of grade A Americana cuts. Something similar when Angelino songsmith Richard Swift and local openers the Donkeys clop into Casbah tonight.... Philadelphia’s Disco Biscuits are an electronic jam band often dubbed “livetronica.” Though they are working on a studio record due to drop this year, the Biscuits’ stage set is their bread and butter, as live CDs make up the bulk of their catalogue. The four-piece will bake up a batch for House of Blues tonight, and Heavyweight Dub Champion will set the downtown stage.... Speaking of jam bands, Chi-town tribute Dark Star Orchestra will exhume the Grateful Dead at Belly Up.... If your North Parking, Bar Pink books NYC Strokes knockoffs Finding Fiction with local alt-pop act Republic of Letters...and indie experimentalists Incomplete Neighbor have an appointment at the Beauty Bar with Brown Shoe and the Predicates.
Tin Pan Alley cat Leon Redbone will busk his jazz and blues standards at Anthology Friday and Saturday nights. The traveling troubadour’s Depression-era set seems sadly apropos right now. Friday, stay for late-night sets, as the Little Italy supper club will serve up postmodern vaudevillians Silent Comedy and Calico Horse.... Canes corrals Bay Area bad boy Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The alternative hip-hop artist is out to tout his latest release, Funk Man. Mike Relm, Bukue One, Serendipity Project, and Vokab Kompany set the seaside stage.... Careful as Portland buzz band Blind Pilot lands at Casbah Friday night. The acousti-pop act is enjoying some slow-to-grow attention over last year’s debut 3 Rounds and a Sound. Little Shins influence there. Portland pals Loch Lomond are sharing the van. Local folkies Grizzly Circus and River City up first.... Uptown: Crash Encore, Jackson Price, and the Family Wagon roll into Ruby Room...Widows get with the Old In Out at Soda Bar...Bar Pink divulges the Secret 6 and Syndicate...while Writer spells it out at the Ken.
Set to see Saturday night is when Tel Aviv terror trio Monotonix hit Casbah. Ami Shalev et al. have been banned from most of the clubs in their home country of Israel but will cross the U.S. and tour Western Europe this year behind Drag City debut Body Language. Monotonix’s garage-punk set will ignite the Middletown mainstay after openers Kill Me Tomorrow and Hostile Combover warm the room.... Else: Da Bears, Wirepony, Valley Arena, and Chaz fill a noise-pop bill at campus club Ché Café...Agua Dulce lays out Latin-tinged dance jams at Beauty Bar...Radio Room dials in surf-rock psychos Creepy Creeps and Batar-Zan...and L.A. ‘lectronic duo El Ten Elevum takes off at Bar Pink.
Country-pop Jayhawkers Mark Olson and Gary Louris join up at Belly Up with Rich and Linda’s little boy Teddy Thompson. Louris and Olson will tour the world this year behind Ready for the Flood, their first collaboration since 1995’s crit-hit Tomorrow the Green Grass. The duo’s chops and vox are as honest as ever, but the songs ain’t all that. Expect a bunch of back-catalogue from the showmen.... Bar Pink books the Tighten Ups with Bay Area twangers Shayna and the Bulldog.... And Skipjack, Kings Kids, Bombpops, and Aces & 8’s sounds like a fun Sunday-nighter at Radio Room.
Casbah’s calling it a Coachella preview gig with the NewNo2, featuring George Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison. Dhani is credited with finishing his deceased dad’s final record, Brainwashed. His own trio plays polished pop-rock, fronting guitars, keys, and Dhani’s voice, which’d do Dad proud. Give a listen to the NewNo2’s debut You Are Here for a tease. The Illuminauts are also on the bill.... Berkeley bands Sholi and Odawas are at Bar Pink Monday night. Sholi is a psych-folk act of Middle East origin and spice. Go to shul here: myspace.com/sholimusic.... From Washington state, What What Now and the Ironclads plug in the post-punk at Radio Room.
Indie darling Jenny Lewis has a newish record out — Acid Tongue, which has been a critical question mark and commercial curiosity. The face of alt-pop act Rilo Kiley (and Jell-O, if you recall) is exploring her soul-sister side these days, infusing her hooky pop fare with blasts from girl groups past. Whatev., the girl owns the room. She’ll join Calicana (I just made that up) band Dawes at Belly Up Tuesday night.... Oooooor: Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up moves to Tuesday this week, featurin’ the Fascination, Northern Towns, and Crescendo...House of Blues hosts Latin pop stars Aterciopelados (“the velvety ones”) and Alex Cuba...Bar Pink’s Tiki Tuesday brings back island lounge lizards the Cheap Leis...while Knives! and Breaker Breaker One Niner come in loud and clear at Radio Room.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Vivian Girls, and Gary Wilson make up the get-to gig this week at Casbah. L.A. artist Ariel Pink, a Paw Tracks founder and cohort of fellow freak folkies Animal Collective, says it all started when he “fell out of bed onto an eight-track analog cassette Yamaha MT8X.” Check the bed-sit set House Arrest for Pink and the Graffiti’s high-water mark. Henry Darger’s “daughters” the Vivian Girls are enjoying success beyond the buzz of their s/t punk-pop throwback debut. The disc sticks. And Gary Wilson (You Think You Really Know Me), who lives locally, is a gauze-wrapped national treasure.... If you miss the door at Casbah, Tex-Mex songsmith Ryan Bingham and hometown hit Josh Damigo stack sets at Brick by Brick...and nu-disco flamers the Friendly Fires will blaze at UCSD’s Loft space.
— Barnaby Monk