The Devil Makes Three is a drummer-less trio from Santa Cruz that beats punk’d acoustic blues out of two guits and a stand-up bass. And don’t let “drummer-less” fool you because “the rhythm is what our band is about,” says front man Pete Bernhard, and it is. Sample some from spanking-new Milan disc Do Wrong Right. Butts’ll shake when the NorCal trad act heats up Casbah tonight with Angelino hardcore fiddle-n-washboard crew Old Man Markley.... Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli brings the Hard Truth Soldier tour’s urban army to 4th&B. The alt-hop hit’s latest, Prisoner of Consciousness, which was supposed to drop last year, is still unreleased due to the artist’s split with Warner Bros. In the mean, pull out Eardrum (ew) or some Black Star comps to get set. The posse setting the downtown stage includes Paris, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, and Sellassie. Word.... ‘Round the bend, roots-reggae royalty David Hinds and Steel Pulse hit House of Blues. Though known more as a tour troupe in their 35-year career, the U.K. rastas still got a Grammy t’show for 1986’s Babylon the Bandit — a classic.
Instrumental foursome Sleeping People will lay it down at Soda Bar Friday night. This is the first SanDago show for the local experimentalists in over a year, as it appears the avant act took some time off after Euro-touring for ‘07 math-rock collection Growing (Temporary Residence). Hometown heavies Hialeah will set the stage.... Shine your shoes, ese, as House of Blues hosts Latin dance jams from B-Side, Samba Da, and Upground.... Your Tucson crush Marianne Dissard will play the French ingénue at Bar Pink before heading off on a world tour behind Joey Burns–curated debut L’Entredeux. Her drummer feller Andrew Collberg sets the stage.... 4th&B gets its hard-rock KIX (“Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “Cold Blood”) when the Baltimore band takes the downtown stage. The 30-year vets are gearing up for a summer of metal fests.... Cricket calls up Black Eyed Peas, Flo Rida, and All-American Rejects for an evening of hip-hop and pop rock by the radio hitmakers.... Soma fills a bill with San Diego’s indie pop and rock showpieces. To wit, man: Get Back Loretta, Scarlet Symphony, Bedford Grove, Goodnight Caulfield, and the New Archaic, who just walked away with a first-place Hard Rock Ambassadors of Rock ribbon.... Everybody’s favorite session cat, Leon Russell, plays an early set behind the keys at Anthology. And jazz-funk foursome Pocket’ll close the club.... Stack-Aly of DJ collective the Strychnines will spin garage, glam, and ‘60s pop-n-soul at Ruby Room.... No-wave party band Apes of Wrath swing into Casbah with Dabbers, Old In Out, and the Softhands.... And Radio Room dials in the pop rock with vox-solid acts Vision of a Dying World, Leisuresuit, and the Feelings Mutual. Hadn’t heard of Leisuresuit, but the Space takes describe the jangle and bounce of early REM, if that’s your thing.
Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis, aka Frank Black, aka “the big Pixie”) has a new act with wife Violet Clark. The duo are called Grand Duchy, and their Cooking Vinyl Records debut is Petits Fours, a collection that had one critic lament, “like a wedding band covering Pixies.” Ouch. It’s not that bad. Though, admittedly, she does have a Kim Deal-ish voice. So, Saturday, with she on bass, synth, and mic and he on the six-string, the Thompson-Black-Clarks will play Casbah.... UCSD Loft launches catchy L.A. act Her Space Holiday. The indies have hit the TVwaves with Xoxo Panda & the New Kid Revival lead single “Sleepy Tigers.” You’ve probably seen the Cox ad. That track’s sure to be a summer smash. (Sounds like HSH should send a thank-you note to Moldy Peaches, no?).... Pop rock for the Red Bull set. Chi-town transplants (they’re in L.A. now) OK Go go to House of Blues. IO Echo and Jaguar Love (ex–Blood Brothers) set the downtown stage for a tempting triple bill.... Else: Folksy singer-songwriters Bob Schneider, Jason Shannon, and Charlie Mars strum-n-hum at Belly Up...while That 1 Guy, playing his trademarked “Buttmachine,” and surf-rock trio Secret Samurai stack ‘em up at Brick by Brick.
Barroom rockers Joey Harris and the Mentals bring it to Beauty Bar Sunday night. Harris et al. are about to take over a weekly slot up at the Tiki in P.B. and are due this summer to drop a collection of originals via Double Barrel Records. Look for ‘em. Should be noted that the eponymous disc was recorded and produced by main Mudshark Scottie Blinn. You can almost smell the skrunk.... NYC psych-folk foursome Arizona visits Bar Pink. They got a rusty one in their latest, Glowing Bird. Check the takes at myspace.com/arizonatheband. FYI: that show’s a freebie.... Jason Molina’s Americana act Magnolia Electric Co. will light up Belly Up for headliners the Avett Brothers. Magnolia’s got a new EP out on Secretly Canadian, It’s Made Me Cry. Yup.... Radio Room books Murder Junkies, one-time backing band for the deceased prince of punk GG Allin. Big brother Merle Allin heads the historic quartet.... Local noise-core crews Long and Short of It, Same Sex Dictator, and Secret Fun Club thrash Casbah. Please note, earplugs are known to inhibit headbanging.
Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up stages ex–Spacemen 3 act Spectrum, up-and-coming locals the Crocodiles, and Spirit Photography, with Tapedeck Mountain in the Atari Lounge. In case you missed it, the Crocs’ debut, Summer of Hate, got Pitch-slapped last week with a 4.1 for the weak-kneed nu wave surrounding single “Neon Jesus,” which, regardless, still stands as SD track of the year. Hey, I liked OMD. Not as much as J&MC, but a 4.1.... So, did they change your life? Natalie Portman’s favorite band the Shins step into Soma Monday night. The Grammy nominees left Sub Pop after the release of critical and commercial breakthrough Wincing the Night Away (it debuted at number two on Billboard and broke all of Sub Pop’s release-week records). Their next will bear James Mercer’s homespun label Aural Apothecary.
Acousti-crooners Greg Laswell and Joanie Mendenhall hook up at Casbah for an evening of heart-on-sleeve heaviosity. Laswell’s getting some gooey press for his last collection, Three Flights From Alto Nido, which sticks if you got them kind of walls.
I’m out of words. Real quik: Blues-rock retros Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears will pour it on Belly Up Wednesday night before Southern-rock headliners Lucero...91X brings its Next Big Thing thing to Casbah, featuring Far, fLUF (they’re new), Trophy Fire, and Overbreaker...Soda Bar sets up electro-punk ladies VV Morgue and AntiQuark...and just write your own witty entry for this one: Magic Daggers, Vaginals, Radio Room.
— Barnaby Monk