“Kill them all or they will kill you first,” suggests electroacoustic act Intricate Machines, which’ll plug in at Bar Pink tonight. This Amoeba-recommended quintet was L.A.’s best-kept secret before stuffing their debut EP with the kind of intelli-pop that had critics cramming Talking Heads into Radiohead for comparison. If you appreciate either or both, taste some Space takes and go early.... For 30 years, Chrissie Hynde has kept Pretenders rock-rolling to that particular Hall of Fame in her home state of Ohio. Down to Hynde and original drummer Martin Chambers, their Pretenders last year released the warmly received Break Up the Concrete. The quartet visits House of Blues with Nashville’s Southern-fried garage rockers American Bang.... Else: Casbah stages Nor’west classic-rock revivalists Lonely H with like-minded locals Dirty Sweet and Vegas vagrant Ryan Pardey and whoever else decides to populate his Halloween Town — the Shys? Louis XIV?.... American idol Taylor Hicks joins the Styletones at Belly Up. Since his TV tear, Hicks has released a platinum-selling disc with two top-20 singles and is set next week to drop follow-up The Distance. They call it “blue-eyed soul.” It’s the devil’s music, dood.
Indie quintet Delta Spirit’s been getting decent press this year for debut full-length Ode to Sunshine, which got the band nominated for best alternative album at last year’s SDMAs. It’s a Pod-worthy disc and fits — alphabetically and musically — between the Band and Dr. Dog. They’ll play a 94/9 thing at Belly Up with SoCal crews We Barbarians and Dawes.... Space-rockers Earthless take off at Ken Club Friday night. The instrumental trio has been gaining notoriety and musical bravado. Check their new 90-minute double LP Live at Roadburn for the proof and the pudding, stoners. SanFran Southern Lord duo Black Cobra’s up first.... Beyond the pale: Team Abraham will release their big ten-inch at Casbah. Giggity.... Jimmy Eat World and No Knife find safe harbor at House of Blues.... Bar Pink books hippie-hop MC Flow and the Fresh.... Misdelphia headlines a “hulkingly massive big-time mega rock show” at all-ages Epicentre. Go to epicentreconcerts.com for the rest of the massive big time.... The Lost Boys Reunited fly through town Friday, dropping in at M-Theory midday and Brick by Brick after dark. Looks as if just one of the Two Coreys’ll be on hand.... Soda Bar stages noise-rockers Glossines and Gertrudestein.... And how’s this synopsis for an alt-country showdown: Gunplay Maxwell meets Billy Midnight at the Whistle Stop, directed by Clint Eastwood.
Watching Wild Weekend open for the Dogs a couple weeks back made me realize how far the quartet’s come since their days aping the Zeros and evoked some sense of punk-rawk pride in this usually artless place. Their originals are a little precious, but fun. Word is they’re recording demos for a debut as you read this, and the kids are caravanning to SXSW next week. Saturday night they’ll join Calico Horse, the Dabbers, Burning of Rome, Modern Rifles, Illuminauts, and Nowhere Man at Casbah for hands-down club date of the week.... Indie-pop peeps Cuckoo Chaos, Morning Benders (Oakland), and Mumlers (San Jose) play Soda Bar in a tasty triple bill chock full of off-kilter keys and horns and odd-pop vox, if you like that sort of thing.... Honorable mentionables: Radio Room rallies roots-rockers Rio Peligroso, Ghost Town Deputies, Hellbound Glory, and Shaun Morgan.... Southern-rock quartet Cross Canadian Ragweed will smoke out Belly Up with Stephanie Briggs.... Soma stages death-metal demons Abigail Williams.... The Iron Maidens don their leather bustiers at Canes.... And trad-jazz multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco appears at Anthology. At 17(!), Joey D. was playing with Miles f-ing Davis.
Big rawk show Sunday would have to be nu-metal nine-piece Slipknot (of whom I know diddly) at Cox. According to Wikipedia, they’re from Des Moines, Iowa, they formed in 1995, and “each member of the band wears a unique mask.” Hmmm... If yer inclined, Slipknot has a quadruple-platinum DVD out called Disasterpieces that lays out the whole shebang for ya. Coheed and Cambria open.... G Love & Special Sauce pours it on House of Blues. The Philly alt-hop trio is enjoying a bit of popular press behind last year’s Superhero Brother, which found Mr. Love getting his Paul Simon beat box on. Internet hit Eric Hutchinson sets the downtown stage.... ‘Round town: Fever Sleeves join the Displaced at Casbah...Minor Keys and Baja Bugs infest Ruby Room...and Radio Room finds Canada’s Living with Lions is, like, All Teeth.
What’s new, pussycat? Vegas mainstay Tom Jones belts it out at Belly Up Monday night. Looks as if this limited-admission gig’s been done sold out.... Ah, well, Arms and Sleepers and Kelli Ruddick will be at Bar Pink. A&S is a Massachusetts duo that play jazzy ambient in the vein of Tortoise without the bitchin’ guitar — still evocative, engaging. Ms. Ruddick hails from Brooklyn and is all about bitchin’ guitar — the jazzy, ambient kind.... Old-timey (think Ditty Bops) Sacramento sisters Agent Ribbons are on their way to SXSW but’ll swing through town to play Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up with Black Mamba and Tape Deck Mountain.
The Hell on Heels tour hits town, click-clacking into Bar Pink with Von Iva, Semi Precious Weapons, and Killola. Lawd have mercy.... “And bands” night at Casbah Tuesday with Plants and Animals, Stripes and Lines, River and City. Okay, doctored that last one.
Slowdiver Neil Halstead appears at Casbah. Halstead was also one of the Mojave 3, both seminal acts of ‘90s shoegaze. The English troubadour’s out to tout his second solo effort, Oh! Mighty Engine. ALO keys kook Zach Gill sets the stage. Accordion solo!... Bar Pink books SanFran psych-rock band Sleepy Sun. The Suns are heading to Austin and then off on a world tour behind debut Embrace. She-freak-folkie Larkin Grimm opens.... Michael Jackson trib Who’s Bad hits House of Blues with one sparkly gloved hand.
— Barnaby Monk