Anaheim roots-rock revivalists Dusty Rhodes and the River Band flow into town tonight. The sextet is due to drop Place and Stage, the follow-up to rock-and-soul mash-up First You Live. Check the Space take of fan fave “Dear Honey” for a samplin’. With the accordion and mandolin interplay, Rhodes’s big Hammond sound and rock-minister zeal, violin leads, and full-band choruses, easy to see why this act’s such a SoCal hit. With an opening set of full-bodied pop from L.A. big band his Orchestra, it’s a do-right date night at Beauty Bar, dudes. Little pedicure, little martooni.... Elsewise: Canadian troubadour Rufus Wainwright plays a solo set at Belly Ache, I mean, Belly Up...Bar Pink books punk minimalists Christmas Island and the Anasazis...Black Mamba will release an EP of pretty piano pop at Casbah. Drew Andrews and Tapedeck Mountain set the stage there...and Chi-town metal heads Dope drop industrial-strength new one No Regrets at Brick by Brick.
Remember alt-hop act Soul Coughing? The NYC band’s quirky pop poet Mike Doughty is out to tout his latest solo set Golden Delicious. The songsmith’s pen flows fluidly, and his baritone’s still unfiltered. Serves to douse his bonfire acoustic. He’ll have an early show at Casbah, which will stage sets by Transfer and Holy Rolling Empire later on. Looks like the place to be May Day.... Honorable mentions: Ché Café stages Angelino ambients Beware of Safety and Signal Hill with like-minded locals Dream Tiger...pop-punk poster boys Arm the Angels play O’Connells in Bay Park...local folkies River City shore up at Bar Pink...greezy garage rockers the Widows and Creepy Creeps make a Whistle Stop stop...Ruby Room plants Bloodflowers with the Shys and Halloween Town (Vegas)...and believe it, girls, Soda Bar has Mice.
Busy for gigs Saturday — throw a dart and win a prize: Hip-hop Hassid Matisyahu and local indie-pop duo Pinback team up at Liberty Station for Elemental Experience, an all-day-starting-at-9a musical benefit for homeless youth. The show also features Mason Jennings, Bassnectar, Dirty Sweet, Pete and J, and Jay Nash.... Fugazi bassist Joe Lally has a couple of solo records out. Though his soft vox was often lost between MacKaye and Picciotto’s — and whose wouldn’t be? — Joe could carry a tune, and the songs he penned were solid Fugazi fare. On 2006’s well-received solo debut There to Here, Lally let out his inner prog, while last year’s Nothing Is Underrated upped the electronics and ambiance for something spare, contemplative, “polite.” Joe joins Mr. Tube and David Scott Stone at Casbah for late-night sets. Damien Jurado and Laura Gibson play an early-evening show at the Middletown mainstay.... English grindcore gang Napalm Death drops on Soma Saturday night. After 28 years, the original lineup shows no sign of slowing, unleashing a world tour behind their 14th release, Time Waits for No Slave.... And then somes: Radio Room dials in Miami rap crack-up Blowfly and local lady of the stage Lady Dottie and the Diamonds...Sixties garage-rock pioneers Billy Vera and the Beaters hit Anthology...actor-rocker Dennis Quaid and the Sharks attack Belly Up with, well, actor-rock...the Ché Café has a host of hardcores, including Ceremony, Lewd Acts, Waco Fuck, and Warscroll...A.M. Vibe and Better Class of Flying Man land a load of self-serious alt-rock at Bar Pink...and Soda Bar draws a draught of pop tonic with “short songs for tall people” by Secret Apollo and — bring your suits — Swim Party.
Acoustic blues baritone William Elliott Whitmore plays a worthy Sunday-nighter at Casbah. The Iowa native is out behind his new Anti disc Animals in the Dark, a collection of punk-to-roots crossovers. Banjo solo! Florida acousti-punks Fake Problems set the stage.
House of Blues hosts a biblical-sounding bill with Kreator, Exodus, and Belphegor. Fact is, German metal act Kreator’s breakout disc was called Enemy of God. They’ll headline this death-metal gig billed “Hordes of Chaos”.... Casbah jumps the Cinco de Mayo gun on Monday with Manic Hispanic and MEX. Margarita Monday, tequila Tuesday.
Red Rocker Sammy Hagar holes up at House of Blues Tuesday night. The Monterey madman is set to drop this summer’s supergroup set Chickenfoot, featuring Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith. Ask for it.... Jazzman Arturo Sandoval checks in at Little It’ly supper club Anthology for two nights. The multi-instrumentalist — though he is an award-winning trumpeter — defected from Cuba in 1990. Netflix For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story for a primer and then go meet the Latin legend in person.... And Pill Hill bikini-wax station the Undercarriage celebrates three years of trimming your pricklies with sets by Team Abraham, French Semester, and Mia Valentine at Casbah. Burns so good.
Idiot Flesh + Skeleton Key = avant-garde Oaklanders Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, who’ll lay it down at Casbah Wednesday night. The quintet’s “Dada-inspired deathcore” ain’t for everyone, but their freak show’s something to see. Have a look at some YouTube clips for a prevue. L.A. loons Fuxedos and cabaret creepies Stolen Babies make this the scariest set yet this year.
— Barnaby Monk