Disco erasers. Jay Reatard, Thee Oh Sees, and Earthmen and Strangers are gonna clean out the garage at Casbah tonight. Mr. Reatard hails from music-makin’ Memphis, Tennessee, hewing hopped-up pop for the punk-rawk set. Dude’s got pedigree, plays a Flying V, and shits singles for Matador. His ‘06 full-length Blood Visions stands as the decade’s punk-rock record to catch. Thee Oh Sees are the brainchild of John Dwyer, a Bay Area purveyor of Nuggets-era guitar grinders. The quartet’s latest, Help, sounds like a long-lost Zombies stomper. And E&S is a Zonie quartet of the same ilk, due to drop their s/t debut LP in July. You will be hearing much about these guys. This sick triple bill is thee gig to get to tonight, this week, last week, next week. Just go and get your rock off.... The rest of you: Radio Room has noise-pop acts Lanterns, Lights On, and Dabbers...Roots rocker Raul Malo (the Mavericks) rolls on Belly Up...SanFran post-punk band Lustkillers hit Bar Pink...and by the by, in case you hadn’t heard, Orb ticket holder, that House of Blues gig’s been post-to-the-poned.
Brooklyn by way of Tel Aviv. The Israeli-raised guitarist Kelli Rudick will play her plucky and percussive acoustic for a jam-packed Ruby Room Friday night. Due to drop a sophomore set this year, check the fretwork on ‘07’s inspired debut No One Knows You’re Foreign. Manuok, JFK, and Wendy Bailey in support.... Banjo jams? Soda Bar sets up a CD release for the haunting psych-folk collective Golden Red. Like-minded locals River City headline.... Hawaii’s horn-y hits Black Square get checked in at Radio Room. The ska-punk sextet is out to tout their third full-length Onward.... You like that? You’ll love this: Dave Wakeling and his new toaster check in at Belly Up for a pair. The English Beat’ll play their ska-pop brand for Solana Beach fans Friday and Saturday nights.... Alt-pop five-piece Drowning Men wash up at Bar Pink with the post-punk brother-duo Qu’est-ce Que C’est.... Hannah Montana’s real-life TV dad visits House of Blues, but that faux-country bump’s done sold out. So weird.
A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night. And Josephine Olausson’s one of ‘em, big woop. Her Swedish indie-pop act Love Is All will lay it all out at Casbah Saturday night. With San Francisco’s South by Southwest hits Still Flyin, local punk-pop duo Christmas Island, “the Irish Buddy Holly” So Cow, and Mario O. spinning round sets, this one’s gonna be beaucoup fun, son.... Bauhaus batman Peter Murphy hangs at Canes. It’s his Secret Cover tour, premiering material from a supposedly soon-to-be-revealed solo set. In the mean, sate yourself with Murph’s latest hit, a remake of the John Lennon staple “Instant Karma.” Your favorite creditor Chase Bank’s using it all over the telly.... Soma stages Simi Valley thrash-core crew Strung Out. The 20-year Fat Wreck vets had a killer comeback with ‘07 crit-pick Blackhawks Over Los Angeles. The quintet just dropped rarities comp Prototypes and Painkillers for you completists. Philippine punks Death by Strereo set the all-ages stage.... Post-grunge Pennsylvanian Ed Kowalczyk and the original line-up of Live (minus Ed’s kid brother Adam) hit House of Blues. I can remember them on MTV, but I can’t recall what they sound like. Kind of self-serious, I think. I know 1994’s Throwing Copper sold, like, a gazillion copies and was on the charts for a couple summers. That’s something.... Sticking around down there, Bruce Springsteen tribute Thunder Road rolls into Little Italy supper club Anthology. KPRI’s co-owner/on-air guy Robert Hughes plays guitar in this San Diego big band, but no, the 60-year-old slinger is not the Boss.
What the big city is going on here Sunday night? Stuff t’see and hear?! Check it out: three SoCal electronic rock duos, She Wants Revenge, Great Northern, and IO Echo, plug in at House of Blues downtown...Dylan disciples the Felice Brothers busk at Casbah with 24-year-old folkie troubadour Willy Mason...Soulful-for-her-years Nikka Costa brings her latest Billboard hit, From a Pebble to a Pearl, to Belly Up...Portland’s psych-rocking Pink Snowflakes fall on Ruby Room with Grand Ole Party, Ride the Sun, and RDG...Ché Café fills an eclectic bill with Vaginals, Red Pony Clock, Capillary Action, and the Miniature Tree...rock-n-soul roustabouts the Tighten Ups cinch another weekend-ender at Bar Pink...and the “original” (if that makes a difference to ya) Michael Schenker Group plays 4th&B. The former Scorpion guitar great has a new-ish metal collection, In the Midst of Beauty...”the beast is always waiting AND READY TO ATTACK...” Uh-huh.
SanFran’s consummate garage-rock man Ty Segall (of the Traditional Fools) will be at Bar Pink Monday night. Independent geek-rock mag Skyscraper says of Segall’s solo debut, “[It’s] the kind of classic-rock stomper that gets all the girls dancing and the guys spraying each other with beer.” Check his Kinks-y Space take “The Drag” for a taste. One-man party Pant Hoots’ll set the stage for these must-see sets at the North Park hot spot.... Austin’s hardcore traditionalists Exile will punk Radio Room with thrash-and-burn old skool. The D.I.Y. quartet’s on the road with a load of their latest, War Inside.
Reggae royalty Sly and Robbie roll Jamaican riddims into WorldBeat Center, on the east side of Balboa Park. Get to Yeh Man Radio (officialslyandrobbie.com/radio) for some “all Sly and Robbie all the time” samples from this historic TAXI production team’s 40-year career.... More world-beat royalty, as Nigerian prince King Sunny Ade brings the Juju to Belly Up.... And Beauty Bar books local piano-pop act Midwinters with Beautiful Noise and Deleted Scenes.
Brooklyn’s White Rabbits hop into Casbah behind their latest — and critics say greatest — It’s Frightening. Spoon’s Britt Daniel did the production honors for the NYC sextet, and his handiwork shows, especially on lead single and disc opener “Percussion Gun.” Check it out. It’s a good track. Pleading the Fifth on the rest of the record, though. Subjects and Hotel St. George up first.... Grammy- and MTV-nominated Mexi-rockers Reik hit House of Blues Wednesday night. The Baja band’s big blast was their s/t ‘06 hit, which scored five top tens for the trio. ¡Ay, ay, ay!... Else: punk-pop mainstays Buckfast Superbee land at Soda Bar...and Sac-town post-punks Bright Light Fever invade Ché Café behind Modern Rifles. — Barnaby Monk