Belly Up will be serving “electric” Hot Tuna tonight. Mmm. Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen formed Tuna in 1969, during their tenure with San Fran band Jefferson Airplane, as an outlet for their inner bluesmen. The acoustic duo became a trio, became an electric quartet, became a musical community of some 20 different blues-rock musicians over the years. They’ve released about 30 records, mostly live ones, and have outlasted Ms. Slick’s mothership. What’s that smell like fish, oh baby.... House of Blues hosts prog-metal band Queensrÿche tonight. The Bellevue, WA, quartet has just released its tenth full-length, a song-cycle story of war called American Soldier.... Duo Eagle and Talon lands at Bar Pink. The L.A. ladies last week released their indie-pop debut Thracian on iTunes and are looking to drop the disc in June. Local duo Dabbers set the North Park stage.
Didn’t know they made MCs in Mississippi, but Tupelo DJ Diplo stacks 'em up at Canes Friday night. The “artist”-slash-producer released his sophomore disc Decent Work for Decent Pay last month to re-mixed reviews ha-ha. The dance-club dude’s got pretty good taste, howev., tossing Daft Punk, Hot Chip, Bloc Party, and Black Lips into his blender. Gonna be a full, sweat-soaked house out at Belmont Park, baby.... And Whistle Stop books a doozie, too, with ex-Sess cats the Beaters and what’s left of Nathan Williams’s old Fantastic Magic act — Heavy Hawaii. How far from the tree? Go see. And go early unless you plan on watching from the sidewalk.... Can’t squeeze into the Stop, then down the road (up the road?) the alt-rawkin’ Autotonic and Black Hondo split a bill at Bar Pink.... And alsos: Casbah stages drag-strip rock-rollers Dave Gonzalez (the Playboys and Paladins), Paging Beto (the Blasters), and the Rumblers (the Rumblers)...Christ-core heavies the Devil Wears Prada take the main runway at all-ages Soma...pop-punk specialists Nobunny and BombPops will be out at the Ken Club...and (love this) tribbers HeadRUSH will treat Dream Street to “early-to-middle Rush.” Yea, man. “Anthem!!!”
The 36th annual Adams Ave. rootsicana thing kicks off Saturday. The event is always chock-o-block chops and good eats. Hit up adamsaveonline.com/RootsFestival for the sked and drop by Jyoti Bihanga for one of them delish “neatloaf” sandwiches.... When the sun sets on that, stroll over to North Park, where L.A. garage folkies Willard Grant Conspiracy join spooky Oakland act Winfred E. Eye and Rhode Island acousticat Anthony Loffredio, aka Barn Burning, at Bar Pink.... And a block over, at Planet Rooth (3811 Ray), you can catch dub, rock, and hip-hop sets by Mr. Tube, Rob Crow, and MC Flow, respectively.... L.A. indie kids Happy Hollows sneak out of Silver Lake to join local top pop openers the Modlins and Roxy Jones at Soda Bar.... And Moviegoers warm the seats for Howls at the Ken Club.
There’s a radio 94/9 freebie Sunday at Casbah, featuring irradio, ...students, Demasiado, and Hialeah. There’ll be free food from Lucha Libre (TJ dogs!) and, as if that’s not enough, local bands are invited to drop their discs at the back bar to broadcast.... Otherwise, ya got emo godhead Chris Carrabba and his Boca band Dashboard Confessional purging in the Jenny Craig at USD.... Brazilian reggae band Natiruts hit the beach at Canes.... Stockholm, Sweden’s jazz-for-hipsters trio the Thing plays UCSD’s Loft space.... House of Blues hosts Mexican superstar Ximena Sariñana.... And noise rockers Gertrudestein and International Conspiracy take over Radio Room.
Hip-hop politico Mr. Lif pontificates at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up this week. The Boston rapper’s out to tout his new disc, I Heard It Today. Check out his Space takes — brother’s got the beats, but he also likes some nu-wave electronic pop. Huh. Willie Evans and Grieves set the stage while DJ Statik spins round sets.... Granola group Railroad Earth rolls into Belly Up Monday night. The New Jersey big band’s got a bag of tricks to play — bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, rock, roll — and these fest faves stage it better than most. Check out last year’s crit hit Amen Corner for the Railroad’s latest line.... Soda Bar sets up odd-pop folkies S. Brooks, Joel West, and Joanie Mendenhall.... While greezy punk Seattleites the Bug Nasties hit the windscreen at Ken Club.
This week’s set to see will set your inner hippie free, when Ginsu guitarist Makoto Kawabata’s Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (Underground Freak Out) launch from Cape Casbah Tuesday night. The Temple’s “extreme trip music” relaxes with drone, shakes with squall, and then sends you with screeching freak-outs for what one New Yorker writer described as a “shamanistic experience.” Amen, sister.... Miss the door at that one, hit up Beauty Bar, where good ol’ boys Rio Peligroso will take you on a roots-rock tour through the past 30 years. It’s good gravy. Day of Anomie and Someday Assassin are also on that bill.
Bob Log III dons the microphone mask at Bar Pink Wednesday night. The Tucson troubadour’s hyper-Delta-blues-punk shtick is something to see and sure to move your feet. Tour mate Willem Maker, an Alabaman with blues in his guitar and rock-n-soul in his voice, sets the stage.... Small Faces organ grinder Ian McLagan will be down at Anthology with Apple tart Jerry Fuentes.... and Zooey Deschanel’s boyfriend’s band is playing up at the RIMAC. (It’ll never last.)
— Barnaby Monk