The double-X chromosomes are out to rock you tonight, as Casbah hosts Maren Parusel’s anticipated debut seven-inch from Single Screen Records. Since departing Wild Weekend, Parusel’s made do with the limited skill sets of Mario Escovedo, Jackson Milgaten, and Brian Karscig, among other local luminaries, interested in seeing the young artist realize her potential. Some songs are up on HerSpace. Cat Power’s a reasonable comp. Paddleboat and Gray Ghosts up first.... And the Anna Troy Band rolls into Bar Pink to play a CD release for their latest, a concerts collection called Live!... The Venezuelan dance-jams band Los Amigos Invisibles materialize at House of Blues. Presumably you can hook up with the Amigos at their “official after party” at the Beauty Bar.... The folk-rocking River City flows into Radio Room with noisy New Mexico trio Zagadka.
Gearing up for this year’s North Park Music Thing (née North By North Park), Casbah stages two shows Friday night. The early haps have the Collapse making their debut. The band features a bunch of rock-roll born-agains such as Charlie Ware and Mike Santos (Lucy’s Fur Coat), Pete Reichert (RFTC), Morgan Smith (the Front), and Mark Maigaard (Louis XIV). The late sets bring electro acts Quintron and Miss Pussycat and Gram Rabbit back to town with like-minded Los Angelinos Static Static.... Alt-rock party band Sprung Monkey swings into Canes with heavy metal Mower and Bad Habit for a friendly bene for Miranda Jones.... L.A. acoustic-comedy act the Fresh play Bar Pink Friday night. Check out “Man Love” on their MySpace page — someone’s crushing on Kobe Bean Bryant big time.... Soda Bar stages an ex-Sess set by the Beaters, who will release their spanking-new Single Screen seven-incher (giggity).... Ruby Room rolls out Rockabilly Shakeout, featuring Raw Deal (TX) and the SideWynders (L.A.). That’s a Rompin’ & Stompin’ CD-release gig for the L.A. act.... Airborne Toxic Event overtakes the track’s postrace-in-the-paddock stage this week. They’re the L.A. indie kids who hit back after getting Pitch-slapped (1.6) for aping then–flavors of the day Arcade Fire, Strokes, Interpol, etc., etc.
Boogie-woogie baby doll Sue Palmer — sucker for that schoolmarm look — grinds out an early set for the happy-hour crowd at Belly Up Saturday afternoon. Check out Palmer’s Sophisticated Ladies t’hear why this longtime Candye Kane cohort is tops in San Diego’s backdoor blues scene.... A diva of another stripe, Gwen Stefani, and her ska-pop outfit No Doubt join Vegas quartet Panic at the Disco for a big ticket at the Cricket. Panic’s out to tout its latest award-winning Billboard climber Pretty. Odd. Indeed.... Been trying to pare down these North Park Music Thing club sets for you, but it’s a bear — 150 bands on 20 stages looks like more bands than fans, but who knows, it could work. I got the Beaters at Tower Bar highlighted, the Lanterns at Radio Room, and, whoa, hold your boa, Barbarella, Beauty Bar’s booked drag-strip rockers Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver. This’d be their dress rehearsal for the big street thing on Sunday and best of the bunch Saturday night. The and alsos: El Ten Eleven lands at Bar Pink. And, appropriately enough, you got Scarlet Symphony at Ruby Room.
Sunday’s the Big Day on El Cajon for the North Park Music Thing. I guess it’s right out front of the Lafayette Hotel where the speakers are all talked out about the ramifications of pop and how to make it b-i-g big ramifying, so, on with the shows. And they’re doozies. In a nutshell: Night Marchers, Black Heart, Presidents of the United States of America, UJBOD, El Vez... Get to sandiegomusicfoundation.org to plan your day.... Post-fest highlights, if you’ve got the gumption, include fuzz-pop up-and-comers This Is Manic with Lions and Nautical Disaster at Ruby Room, while Bar Pink sticks Portland punx Roxy Epoxy on its stage (titter).... The non-fest rest: British blues band Savoy Brown hits the boards at Anthology behind founder and guitar great Kim Simmonds...and downtown hot spot Voyeur stages Italian electronica duo the Bloody Beetroots.
Belly Up books a boo-ya Monday-nighter with alt-hop icon Talib Kweli. The Brooklyn MC will be joined by DJ Hi-Tek, Slum Village, and Pete Rock for his Reflection Eternal tour.... Casbah’s Anti-Monday Leaguers kick back with SanFran punk band American Steel. New Trust and Drug Wars set the Midtown mainstay’s stage.
Orlando’s hip-hopping rockers Solillaquists of Sound roll up on Casbah behind their new Anti- collection No More Heroes. Check the Space takes for a taste of the gang’s machine-gun rhythm-n-rhymes. Like-minded locals Brendan B & the Breaks and psychtronica duo Illuminauts set it up.
Hump night’s Respect Your Elder (Rockers) night, as Nawlins native Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk visits House of Blues. Check them out at dumpstaphunk.com and go prepared to shake ya junk...Allman Bro. Dickey Betts and his band Great Southern hit Belly Up with local folkies Grizzly Circus...and the eldest of the elder statesmen, trad-jazz cat Buster Williams, plays Anthology. The hard-bop bassist came up with none other than Herbie Hancock, yo.... Can’t get behind Respect Your Elder (Rockers) night, Ruby Room’s got Screaming Females from Jersey. — Barnaby Monk