Local punk-rock heroes the Zeros reunite tonight at Bar Pink in North Park. Chula Vista High grads Javier Escovedo and Robert Lopez (aka El Vez), with Hector Peñalosa and Baba Chenelle, became known as the “Mexican Ramones” in their late-‘70s heyday for blistering pop romps such as “Wimp” and “Wild Weekend.” Their series of singles are rare collectibles but attainable on the quartet’s late-for-supper Bomp! compilation Don’t Push Me Around, a must-have for punk purists and SanDago homers.... Another rock rejuvenation finds Athens, GA’s B-52s at the Fairgrounds. Last year’s Funplex pumped up the volume and b.p.m. for these future rock-roll hall-of-famers. After 33 years, Fred and Kate are kicking it a little lighter through 52s faves “Private Idaho” and “Love Shack,” but this new-wave well is deeper than the radio hits, kids. Dig it.... Else: Queens crew the Beatnuts will rock the mic at Canes tonight. The old-skool jazz-and-funk-inspired hip-hop duo is out to tout this year’s Planet of the Crates, their 12th proper studio sess...Aussie multi-instrumentalist and granola fest fave Xavier Rudd visits House of Blues...while Ken Club corrals hometown hits the Donkeys before they leave next week on a cross-country jaunt behind their Dead Oceans debut Living on the Other Side, a folk-pop grower. Go, Donks!
Talk about cleaning out the garage (rock). Summer-concert hot spot Humphrey’s by the Bay has dug up the Zombies. Get your mitts on Argent and White’s 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle (“Time of the Season”), a certifiable rock-roll classic. You’ll get lotsa living dead there Friday night, as the Yardbirds and Spencer Davis Group share the bay-front bill.... SDMA recipients Get Back Loretta (“best new artist” in 2005, “best pop album” for 2007’s Over the Wall) will play a CD-release thing at Casbah. Space takes from their new home-hewed EP Where Did You Go? suggest the indie kids are growing up. Check out fresh take “Mrs. Miller” for a taste. Crash Encore and Writer in support.... ‘Round town: surf-rock spookers Deadbolt and the Embalmers will bury you at the Ken Club...Soma stages ska-punks Buck-O-Nine and the Voodoo Glow Skulls...lo-fi popsmith Tape Deck Mountain looms over Whistle Stop with jubilant electro jam band Jamuel Saxon...and Bar Pink stages SD alt-rockers Royal Campaign and Normandie.
Casbah’s double-bill Saturday shows Fat Possum recording artist AA Bondy playing an early set behind his solo debut American Hearts. The Alabama native and former Verbena front man tends these days to acoustic blues rock, but writerly, like a brainy, selfless Ryan Adams. It’s mellow but engaging stuff. Indie-pop peeps Swim Party splash down for later sets with Cuckoo Chaos, Grey Ghosts, and Two Sheds in the Atari.... Beauty Bar books a CD-release thing for nu-wave dance band Long Live Logos. Their new DIY collection of electro-pop has a newer name: Let’s Take a Walk. The Victorians and Holy Rolling Empire set the stage... Downtown, 4th&B fills a tribbers bill with the big three: Help doing Beatles, Purple Haze doing Jimi, and Rolling the Stones doing Oasis (I hear they nail “Wonderwall”).... Uptown, Soda Bar serves NYC garage punks the Choke with our own kick-ASS punk trio the Mice.... And finally, I mean, FINALLY! “Summer Slaughter” is upon us at Soma. Where to begin? Necrophagist? Suffocation? Decrepit Birth? Listen, it’s a boatload of death metal, man. Too much to type. Check it out at somasandiego.com or myspace.com/summerslaughtertour for all the funny names.
Van Nuys metal heads Mondo Generator plug in at Radio Room for a kill Sunday-nighter. Nick Oliveri and a rotating gang of awesomeness, including superstar Josh Homme, have been cranking it to 11 since ‘97 and their defining debut Cocaine Rodeo, which was just reissued because of its sheer awesomeness.... Ruby Room in Hillcrest’s also got a doozy with acousti-punks Satan Dance Party, L.A. noise-rock quartet Dead Ponies, punk trio Lilith Velkor, and local alt-rockers Autotonic. Good note per nickel value there, piggy-bankers.... And alsos: Local folkie Drew Andrews will premier his latest, Only Mirrors, at Bar Pink...once punk’d busker Ani DiFranco went from DIY to DIY in a BIG WAY. She’ll entertain your parents out at Humphrey’s...and Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop will be dishing free eats at Casbah, while inside 94/9’s putting on some bands or something. See you at The Cart, brah.
91X moves in on Casbah’s Anti-Monday Meet-up shilling its “next big thing” thing, Ida Maria. That seems like a lot of pressure on Ida. The Norwegian pop-punk princess is out to tout her debut, Fortress Round My Heart.... Bootymelt, anyone? Get some when Steeltown trance band Extreme Animals plays the Ché. The Animals roll raps through electro-shock beats, beeps, and squeal. Don’t ride this ride if you have a weak heart or are prone to seizures. The rest of you, get your head on, ‘cuz these guys are straight trippin’.
I never knew John Vanderslice was from Gainesville. Huh. Anyway, any friend of Spoon and Mountain Goats is a friend of mine. The indie critics’ darling and analog four-track revolutionary (see Tiny Telephone studios, Wiki kids) has a brand-spanking new one out on Dead Oceans called Romanian Names. Critics are calling it “career-defining.” Guess that makes it a good launch point if you’ve never listened to him. Vandy will duck into Casbah with Swedish acousti-cat the Tallest Man on Earth.... Belly Up books a Filter magazine thing, with local nu-pop show bands the Burning of Rome and QQC (Qu’est-ce Que C’est).... “Soft rock is an oxymoron.” Chapel Hill psych-rock band Black Skies roll in over Radio Room. Their new EP Hexagon encapsulates the trio’s penchant for reverb and snarling vox, like a slowed and blown Metallica.
Ché Café’s got your hump night highlight with Austin grime and grindcore kids Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder. Auryn (Pittsburgh), Filth Mattress (Seattle), and Waco Fuck (SD) are also on the bill. I love that they share a parking lot with the Mandell Weiss Theatre. “Ibsen to the right! Filth Mattress and Waco Fuck on the left!”.... Further north, Belly Up’s ready to reggae with the Itals from Jamaica. The nearly 40-year-strong big band is touring in support of Ital Records release Let Dem Talk. Ishmael and the Peacemakers and Organika Sound set the Solana Beach stage.... And between the two, at the Del Mar Fair, it’s your “Boogie Man,” Harry Wayne (“K.C.”) Casey. That’s right, KC and the Sunshine Band will shake, shake, shake...shake your booty on the midway. — Barnaby Monk