Looks like a Spice Girl fell off the rack. Brit rap brat Lady Sovereign will grace House of Blues tonight. The 23-year-old grime star, whom New Yorker music writer Sasha Frere-Jones described as “pithy, clever...honking”(?), is out to tout her brand-spanking-new joint Jigsaw. Give a listen to lead single and Brit chart-topper “So Human.” Chester French and Hollywood Holt set the downtown stage.... When that sells out, if it ain’t by press time, around the bend, new-wave flashback Graham Parker (who came to fame in Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson’s England) joins Angelino roots rocker Tom Freund at Anthology. This is a solid double bill for the Little It. supper club, as these two songsmiths pen some earnest stuff. Wicked recommended.... Denton, TX punk quintet and Volcom shills the Riverboat Gamblers’ drift into Casbah. Revenge Club and Braaiins! share the bill.... Death Eaters swoop on Bar Pink after Moviegoers warm the seats.... And Ken Club dons your new favorite jangle-pop outfit Leisuresuit and Echo Revolution-evolution-evolution-evolution.
Ché Café has got it going on this weekend as the blog boosters at Ché Underground resurrect the campus club’s popular ‘80s acts at Casbah, including the Answers, Manual Scan, Everybody Violet, and the Gay Denny’s (check out Mendoza’s Blurt this week about this all-star one-off).... Up at the Ché proper, you can catch an early show (6p) by punk perennials the Spits and Personal and the Pizzas. Both bands’ll roll it down to Ken Club afterward for late-night sets. Catch ‘em one way or the other, dood.... Andrew Kenny of Austin’s indie stalwarts American Analog Set has a new group, Wooden Birds, that’ll alight Friday night at Bar Pink with New Trust and New Fidelity (“New” must be this year’s “Wolf” in the band-name game).... Up the road a spell, country-fried bar band Bartender’s Bible make a Whistle Stop stop.
Casbah’s Ché show Saturday night stages Hair Theatre with Noise 292, the Wallflowers, and Mirrors. Get down to the Middletown mainstay early, though, and check out the classy and clacissist electropop lady St. Vincent. Brooklyn’s queen of cosmo indie, Annie Clark (a multi-instrumentalist formerly with Sufjan Stevens and Polyphonic Spree) has a crit hit in her new solo collection, Actor.... Drop your girlfriend off there and haul it over to Soma. The all-ages place gets punk’d Saturday night by Canadian speed-metal kings Propagandhi and New York noiseniks Bridge and Tunnel, whose singer sounds just like Cookie Monster.... Bay Area acousticrooner Tippy Canoe flows through Bar Pink. Madame Pamita and Zach Lupetia share the bill.... And at the Loft at UCSD, I swear, there’s People Under the Stairs. The L.A. alt-hop crew is out behind last year’s Pitchfork-approved Fun DMC.
Bar Pink books Sir Richard Bishop Sunday night. The Zonie gypsy guiarist is best known as one of the iconic Sun City Girls. Should be good.... Udderwise: SanFran band EYES plays Ruby Room, with Free*Stars (featuring our own Dave Stampone), the Followers, and Lion Cut.... Black metal bands fill the bill at House of Blues. It’s part of the “Blackenedfest” tour, featuring Mayhem and Marduk. The San Diego show includes Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered. Sounds bloody cheerful.... And San Diego Sports Arena props Fleetwood Mac for a night of the band’s indelible radio hits. You can go your own wa-a-a-ay. Try and get that out of your head now.
Spend the rent at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meet-up, where up-and-coming alt-blues trio Heavy Glow, psych-rockers Extinct Animals, and indie kidz Wizard Wolves rock a locals-only sonic smorgasbord. Rent’s not really due till the tenth, anyway.
L.A. sludge-rawk act Big Business takes over Casbah with Tweakbird and the Thrones Tuesday night. After backing Buzzo’s Melvins for a couple tours, the bombastic bass-and-drum duo behind Big Business joined guitar guy Toshi Kasai for this year’s excellent Phil Ek–produced Mind the Drift. Tour reports suggest this’d be Casbah’s gig to get to this week.... Up in La Jolla, New Zealand’s electropop princess the Bachelorette will play Ché Café. Annabel Alpers has proven herself an engaging arranger, layering her breathy vocals into thick tones over glitchy nu-wave breakbeats and waka-waka guitar that the kids just love! Alpers last week dropped her Drag City debut My Electric Family...while across campus, O.C. garage rockers Japanese Motors roll into the Loft with fellow Costa Mesa crew, psych-folkies the Growlers.
Dance-y duo the Juan MacLean plays Casbah Wednesday behind their third DFA full-length, The Future Will Come. “Customers who bought this item also bought Pet Shop Boys.” Just so ya know. Like-minded Swedes of the Field set the stage.... “Come out and play!” Out at State, under the stars, it’ll be punk-pop hitmakers the Offspring, with Alkaline Trio and Street Dogs.... Downtown, Death Row Records and Dogg Pound dude Kurupt will rock the mic at House of Blues, while Compton kid and world-class emcee DJ Quik spins for the Hiz-ouse, yo. — Barnaby Monk