The doctor makes a house call to Belly Up, as New Orleans’ Creole king of boogie-woogie stomps and blues-rock romps Dr. John joins Bible Belt bluesman James Cotton and his Superharp Band in taking the Solana Beach scene down home. The Doctor, though a nasty guitarist, spends most of his time behind the keys these days, and Cotton at 74 is still one of Southern blues’ preeminent harpsmen. Between these two roots players, you got over 100 years on the road, nearly 50 original collections, and a half dozen Grammys. Dig that for trad fare!... The local quartet Hotel St. George will check into Casbah tonight for the anticipated release of City Boy Lemon, the band’s debut full-length. It’s chock full of fine, fun indie pop that smacks of Spoon with a SoCal bent. Deep cut “Island Man” stands way the fug out. And cannonball! Swim Party’s in support along with Writer and Intricate Machines in the Atari. That’s a load for five bucks, yo.
Back to rockin’ “Kids in America,” Kim Shattuck and her pop-punk trio the Muffs make it to Casbah on a mini reunion tour. Though the L.A. act never officially broke up, they’ve been on hiatus since ‘04’s 17-song long-player, Really Really Happy. Word is something’s in the works, so they’re probably road-testing. Nice she-punk triple bill, too, as Bay Area power-pop duo the Lovemakers and our own well-kept secret Revenge Club set the Midtown stage.... The duo of Vincent Gallo (bass, voice) and Sean Lennon (guitar, voice) bring their show to Little It supper club Anthology. The offbeat filmmaker (Buffalo 66) and John and Yoko’s youngest have been a musical item since '05, when Gallo curated an All Tomorrow’s Parties and performed with Yoko and Sean. The pair has since recorded together, but it’s yet to be released. Lennon and his girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, open as the Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger, a musical “happening” in which they perform under the aliases of Amatla and Zargifon. I know, right.... Anyway, lotta big pants and posturing as Method Man (Wu-Tang), Redman (Def Jam), and Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang) hit the beach at Canes Friday night. The trio take turns rocking the mic, and you get what you expect if you hold out for Red & Meth. Word.... The big ticket at Cricket this week joins British new-wavers Depeche Mode with Swedish nu-wavers Peter, Bjorn and John, or, if you prefer, PB&J. Mmm.... Been to the Tin Can Ale House yet? Go check out the newish Banker’s Hill hot spot and pop a coldie with odd-pop peeps Da Bears and tropicalia big band Red Pony Clock. With over 50 flavors wrapped in tin and a fine live vibe, it’s time to get back to the can, man.
Under the sun: from noon till six at Ray and Joan’s Salvation center in La Mesa, the Paul Green School of Rock will celebrate the 40-year anni of Woodstock by reenacting live highlights from the legendary hippie fest.... Under the stars: a postrace gig at Del Mar track finds Flaming Lips in the infield. The Lips in September are set to drop their 12th proper, Embryonic. The trio carries a caravan of performers and stage props that make for an explosive live performance that needs to be experienced to be believed.... And in the bars: post-rock power trios High on Fire and Earthless join forces at Casbah Saturday night. The mostly instrumental stoner-metal ranges from Southern sludge to tribal beats and psychedelia. L.A. thrashers Early Man are on the bill.... Slow to flow trio Little White Teeth joins lo-fi folkie Greg Gibson’s CD-release thing at Ruby Room. (Check out Dorian’s White Teeth bit in Blurt this week for more on them and theirs).... Soda Bar taps Apes of Wrath, Japanese Motors, and Gestapo Khazi for a trick triple bill of angular dance jams.
Pennsylvania punx Pissed Jeans pull up at Casbah Sunday night. The quartet culls chops from the same ‘80s crate as hometown openers Rats Eyes — Flag, Flipper, Jerks, Descendents — it’s all good. The Jeans are out to tout their second Sub Pop collection King of Jeans. Get a load of the lead, “False Jesii Part 2”.... Sludge’ll get tracked in the House when Southern metal powerhouse Down hit House of Blues with the Melvins, Weedeater, and Danava for what is, bar none, the best nickel-to-decibel deal this week.... Bar Pink books proggy experimentalists Schmaltz for a Sunday-nighter. Check out the Zappa fanatics’ “Goth Porn” on their-Space for a taste.... And here’s an interesting take on talent contests: Beauty Bar bills Fight for Fame, “a full-contact battle of the bands.” Not in the face! Not in the face!
Coupla decent Monday nighters, as Radio Room dials in Kevin Preston’s (the Skulls) L.A. glam-punk band Prima Donna and Sac-town pop-punk trio Boats!.... And Belly Up books Detroit rapper D12 (whose new Re Up record is “leaking” now on mtv.com), Humboldt Co. duo Potluck (get it?), and hometown crew Mob Nasty.
Must be “cool kid” night on Tuesday, as hip-hop homies Clipse and Cool Kids hit Canes...and then from Denton, TX, Teenage Cool Kids join our own Christmas Island and Fergus and Geronimo, filling Soda Bar with sticky indie pop.... Tin Can Ale House stages buzz band Scène Enterre. This is the drum-n-bass duo’s first gig evah. Check their tasty fuzz-pop take on Twitter, “Teenager.”
“We are not a terrorist organization. We are just a band.” Hardly just a band with Mike Watt, Rob Crow, and Gabe Serbian rockin’ with the SanFran experimental psych-rock band al Qaeda at the Ché Café.... Hip-hopping hardcores Jedi Mind Tricks kick off their national Hell Awaits summer tour here at Canes.... British goth-rock quartet the Cult perform their 1985 hit disc Love at House of Blues.... Delta Spirit front man Matt Vasquez flies solo at Casbah.... And Lanterns light up Radio Room with Thousand Oaks garage-pop trio Nobody Wave. And they mean nobody. — Barnaby Monk