“Shake it like you just don’t care...and show some brain” when Angelino dance duo The Bird and the Bee bring the buzz to Casbah tonight. They’re not IDM, but they’ll do ya some intelligent dance music — of the ‘60s jazz-pop variety. Think tropicalia; think Gainsbourg. Inara George (the bird) and Greg Kurstin (the bee, and producer of Beck, Flaming Lips, etcet. etcet.) have been on a sturdy incline since their ‘06 inception, and this week Blue Note(!) released the disc that should break them, Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future. Check out the Space takes, and while you’re there, listen to “Fucking Boyfriend,” the blast from their past that got ‘em noticed in the first place. L.A.’s likeminded Social Science showtunes crew Obi Best opens.... Bar Pink bills something similar in name and game when Eagle & Talon join SanFran psych-folk band Dame Satan at the North Park hotspot. E&T is a pair of L.A. ladies who infuse punk-pop with Casio plink to tickle you. Dame Satan’s...glacially inclined.... Udderwise: Brooklyn drummer boys So Percussion are so playing the Loft at UCSD. The quartet will beat anything. Any thing.... Acousticats Todd Snyder and Keith Sykes strum-n-hum for Belly Up. Snyder’s topical sing-song is full of funny business, so listen close.... Downtown, girl-kisser Katy Perry and the Daylights shine on House of Blues...while uptown, Hotel St. George checks into Radio Room with Silverleaf and the Traditionist...and the Crocodiles crawl into Soda Bar with Jersey boy and Italians Do It Better mainman Mike Simonetti.
Hometown hit and critical dahling Greg Laswell is taking Vanguard disc Three Flights from Alto Nido on a Left Coast swing. The local artist’s been playing and producing for hot-shit starlets such as Anya Marina, Ingrid Michaelson, and Minnie Driver and with Alto Nido makes a case for household-name status hisowndamnself. It’s darn melodic folk-pop fare, so give a listen. He’ll play Casbah Friday night, where SoCal minstrelite Jesca Hoop, ah, rounds out the bill.... Boogaloo band Greyboy Allstars jazz up Belly Up Friday night. Personnel reads like a who’s who of the ‘90s acid-jazz movement, including genre luminaries DJ Greyboy, Karl Denson, Robert Walter, and Elgin Park. The group goes more to a ‘60s soul-jazz vibe these days. Check out last year’s What Happened to Television? for an update. Long Beach roots-rockers Delta Nove in support.... Else: Fiction Family makes it up at Anthology...El Ten Eleven lands at Bar Pink with Tartufi...and the Syndicate, Qu’est-ce Que C’est, and the Fascination fill a bill at Soda Bar.
Cute and cuddly Brooklynites Matt & Kim bring the plink to the Loft. The dance-y duo jumped from the independent iheartcomix label to PolyGram imprint Fader for new one Grand, a critical hit that smacks of Spoon’s piano bounce (Matt) and ratatat drums (Kim), sans the blue-eyed soul. They got a little more punk in their pop. Check out lead single “Daylight” and watch the vid — fun couple.... Garage-rock mopes the Muslims have unceremoniously changed their name to the Soft Pack, but during this year’s CMJ in NYC, the New York Times took notice: “Really, how far could a group calling itself the Muslims get in this day and age?” Guitarist Matty McLoughlin told the daily, “We were sick of the jihad comments. It became a total nuisance.” The band was courted by labels at the East Coast showcase and ended up signing with the Kemado group. Their debut is expected later this year. The once-local quartet is now based in L.A. Their spring tour brings them through town, where they’ll join Christmas Island and Cement Fix at Casbah.... New rootsicana crew Rio Peligroso bring the danger to Rebecca’s Coffee Shop in South Park. (Oh, shut up, Whistle Stop’s right across the street.) Decent pedigree here, with ex–Roxy Monoxide slinger-singer and Kite Flying’s rhythm section. The Bible Bros. open the sets.... Aaaand, Agua Dulce drops its Latin dance jams at Beauty Bar...Radio Room turns it way up with Archons, Hostile Comb-Over, Bumbklaat, and Ride the Sun...while Lady Vain does a CD-release thang at Soda Bar with Sunday Times and Los Sweepers.
We’re walkin’...and rockin’...together...forever. Sleeper sets of the week find folk-punk perennials Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds) and Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy) dialed in at Radio Room. With Andrew Jackson Jihad (Phoenix) and Ready the Jet (L.A.) this is one hella Sunday-nighter for the newish North Park nightspot.... Skinny DeVille and Fish Scales bring their Southern rap riot Nappy Roots to the Loft. The quintet’s gone platinum and gold and garnered Grammy nods in its ten-year career. Atlantic debut Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz remains the Kentucky krew’s high-water mark — you remember chart-topper “Po’ Folks.”... Break out the skinny ties and skintight suits, skankers, cuz Sunday House of Blues is hosting Ska Is Dead IV, featuring the Voodoo Glow Skulls, the Toasters, Buck-O-Nine, Deal’s Gone Bad, Skank Agents, and Grim Luck.... Uptown, the Tighten Ups get nice and tight at Bar Pink...and Beauty Bar books country-n-blues dudes Vast Atlantic, John Meeks, and Silverleaf.
Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags local supergroup Freeks, which features players from Earthless, Lady Dottie, Zen Guerrilla, Wellwater Conspiracy, and Nebula. “It’s, like, ‘70s psych-pop meets German krautrock.” Mmm-hmm. Pant Hoots and Sassy set the Middletown stage.... German guitar guy and current Dave Matthews associate Tim Reynolds (aka TR) is frequently found beside rock hits such as Matthews, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Warren Haynes, T-Bone Burnett, Béla Fleck, ‘mong others. He’ll bring his own band, the TR3, to Belly Up Monday night.
Reggae vocal trio the Mighty Diamonds appear at Belly Up. Anyone?... Free Moral Agents, Ray Barbee, Matts on Two, and the Illuminauts at Beauty Bar?
Gotta watch the word-count, so, real quick, Anthology’s Artist in Residence series presents the blam bleet n bop of hometown horn hits Charles McPherson and Gilbert Castellanos...Indie troubadour Donavon Frankenreiter plays the Loft...House of Blues hosts Latin hat trick Elefante, Kanari, and Cantua...Appleseed Cast, Japanese Sunday, and Say Vinyl say it at Casbah...Midwest punk-n-roll trio Funk G (Des Moines?!) hit Radio Room...and Belly Up books local pair Drowning Men and Arm the Angels with Courtney Love’s old Hole crew, now Surrender. Okay, I give.
— Barnaby Monk