Remix guru Anthony Gonzalez will bring his electronic-rock road show M83 to Belly Up. Formed in France in 2001, M83 was originally a duo known for slow-burn dance beats, shoegaze, and soft-vox creepers. Gonzalez split with former partner Nicolas Fromageau in 2004 and stretched his songwriting chops to pop effect and critical acclaim. Last year’s Saturdays = Youth was chosen as the number-one record of the year by UK-based Drowned in Sound and landed at number eight on American tastemaker Pitchfork’s top 200. Folktronica Londoner James Yuill will set the Solana Beach stage for what looks on paper like the gig to get to tonight.... House of Blues hosts piano-pop maestro Ben Folds. Since disbanding crit hits Ben Folds Five in 2000, the Winston-Salem native has label-hopped and wife-swapped and kept his pop-comedy formula flowing to fine success. In fact, last year’s solo effort Way to Normal was Folds’s highest charting disc, debuting at number 11 on Billboard. Check out his duet with Regina Spektor, “You Don’t Know Me,” for the single that sold it.... Up-and-coming SD punx Rich White Males meet garage gang the Nightmares at Bar Pink.... Canes stages underground hip-hop hits Aceyalone and Abstract Rude.... Dramatic-song Aussies the Youth Group convene at Casbah with like-minded locals A.M. Vibe and L.A. indie kid Nico Stai.
Too much fun stuff Friday to break it all down or leave anything out, so follow the bouncing ball. The elder statesmen of the Canadian indie-rock renaissance the Dears appear at Casbah. Murray Lightburn has one of the more-accomplished voices and poetic pens in the genre. Great Northern and the Eulogies on the bill.... Got a countrified stomper out at Beauty Bar with River City, Or, the Whale, and Silent Comedy. That’s one tempting triple bill, y’all... Earthmen and Strangers (AZ), the Splinters (SF), and Dreamdate (SF) are all in town to support the Thin Man CD-release thing at Whistle Stop.... The Love Me Nots will pluck another at Bar Pink with Monsters from Mars and the Wooly Bandits.... Cowboy Mouth opens wide at House of Blues. Dusty Rhodes and the River Band will set the downtown stage.... Radio diva Gwen Stefani and No Doubt’ll be down south at the Cricket Amphitheatre.... While up north, it’ll be New York City nu-wavers the Virgins at Belly Up...and at Ché Café, a locals-only showcase features Boomsnake, Drew Andrews, Nut/Crackers, and Snuffaluffagus.
Underground hip-hopper and CEO of Wrongkind Records, Charles Mitchell, aka Mitchy Slick, will slide into 4th&B Saturday night. Slick is in with Blacksmith boyees Strong Arm Steady but also fronts a successful solo joint. The Southeast San Dago native is out to tout his latest raps, Lost N Da Yay.... D.C. dub rockers SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) roll on Canes. The quintet’s latest reggae-drenched collection Born to Babylon is due to drop this summer. In the mean, take an iTunes taste of lead single “I Don’t Wanna Wait”.... Brooklyn-based indie rockers the Obits (featuring Rick Froberg of local Pitchfork, Jehu, Hot Snakes fame) hit Casbah. The quartet signed to Sub Pop for full-length debut I Blame You, a collection of garage cuts that’ll surprise but satisfy Froberg fans. The Lights and Drug Wars share the bill.... Else: I’ve come to wish you an unhappy birthday. Belly Up hosts a birthday bash for the inimitable Morrissey, featuring Morrissey imitator Jose Maldonado and his Sweet and Tender Hooligans...Barroom rockers the Shamey Jays will play a CD-release for Your Pretty Packages at Brick by Brick with Endoxi, Joey Harris, the Anna Troy Band, and Bedpost Buzzards in support...tropical-pop big band Red Pony Clock will coif at Beauty Bar with Maren Parusel (Wild Weekend) and dynamic duo the Dabbers.
The coolest covers band in the known universe, the Detroit Cobras, will slither into Casbah Sunday night. The Motor City quintet cleaned out their closet for last year’s The Original Recordings (Singles and Unreleased 1995–1997), a nice touchstone for the uninitiated. Rockabilly band the Dex Romweber Duo split this early-bird bill. The show goes at 7p.... S’more Sunday-nighters: Bar Pink books L.A.’s garage-rock mainstays Killola...country-pop superstar Taylor Swift shines on Sports Arena...Canes calls all tribbers, including Atomic Punks (old Halen), Priest Heavy (Judas Priest), and Dazed and Confused (the mighty Zep!)...and Soda Bar sets up Red Pony Clock and Bunnygrunt with “a very special secret guest.” Hmm...
Pompadour rock. Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up has ex–Weather Undergrounders and L.A. staples Red Cortez, a garage-punk trio whose Space takes suggest the Walkmen (voice) playing rave-ups. Get yer mitts on the new EP Hands to the Wall for some tasty takes.
Tuesday night is too tough to call, so measure your head before ordering. You’ve got folkadelic trance tramps Rachael Hughes and Nathan Shineywater, aka Brightblack Morning Light, at Casbah with Rio en Medio and the Focus Group...L.A.’s breakbeat electronicats the Crystal Method at House of Blues...from Chicago, industrial dance band heavies My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and DJ Robin Roth at Beauty Bar...and Sweden’s answer to Jonathan Richmond, indie-pop star Jens Lekman, doing his acoustic crooner thing at the Loft at UCSD.
The British blues-rock virtuoso Robin Trower (Procol Harum) plays House of Blues hump night. The 64-year-old slinger celebrates 40 years in the biz by releasing double-live disc RT @ RO.08, a collection of performances from last year’s American tour.... College-rock radio station and NPR affiliate KCRW (Santa Monica) presents Angelino electro-soul outfit Little Dragon and San Diego trip-hoppers Genius of Soul at Casbah. Out. — Barnaby Monk