For 94/9’s Belly Up booking tonight, it’ll be about the fuzz-pop music. From the Dum Dum Girls distorto doo-wop and the Crocodiles warm and fuzzy feedback, to headliners the Raveonettes’ hook-heavy blowouts on their latest In and Out of Control, speakers will be dripping swank ooze and ears will smile.... If that one sells out before you reach the door, get down to the Soda Bar’s one-year anniversary event, featuring a smorgasbord of sounds from the venue’s favorite indie rockers, Apes of Wrath, Roxy Jones, Deatheaters, Old In Out, and Bunky! All for the low, low price of nothing!... A couple blocks to the left at Radio Room it’ll be Portland’s post-hardcore crew Prize Country. Give an ear or two to their new one ...with love, a collection whose energy recalls the best of early ‘90s punk’d r ‘n’ r. Also on that bill is Loom from Salt Lake and our own skate-punk supergroup Rats Eyes.... A couple more city blocks south, N.Y. psych-jam duo Blues Control and U.K. garage punx the Lovvers bang the Bar Pink stage.... While ‘round downtown, you get the “ga ga” of ‘90s radio ga ga, as Gin Blossoms test their bloom at Anthology and Third Eye Blind bumps into House of Blues.
House of Blues has some hits Friday night, as Venice Beach punk perennials Suicidal Tendencies (I’m not crazy — institution! — you’re the one that’s crazy etc. etc.) do it on the downtown stage behind like-minded Los Angelinos Good Guys in Black and local hits Sprung Monkey.... Piano man Jon Mayer brings his hot three (with bassist Rufus Reid and veteran drummer Roy McCurdy) to Anthology in support of their new one, Nightscape, which has hit the rotation at jazz-radio joint 88.3. Mr. Mayer’s got great groove and hits hard on the low end like good bop should. Dig it.... Soda Bar sends up another “so long” for Andy Robillard, with Rafter and Free*Stars doing the honors, and, yeah, Stampone’s gonna collect himself after the Phillies’ Series drubbing and make the trip for the gig. Go say hi to him and bye to Andy.... Soma sets up a sweet locals-only stage for all-agers, with comers Bedford Grove and the New Archaic as well as Pullman Standard, Westfire, and the Cathedrals.... While Team Abraham and French Semester parlais vous at Bar Pink.
The Dutchess and the Duke will grace the Casbah stage Saturday night. The Seattle-based duo of Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison are out to tout Sunrise/Sunset, a new collection culled from the darker, damper tones of West Coast pop. Debut She’s the Dutchess, He’s the Duke is a better entry into their acousti-punk songscape. Greg Ashley, Christmas Island, and Little Claw will set the stage for what the club site calls a night of “campfire punk.” Nice.... Not so nice, hardcore hip-hoppers Insane Clown Posse will ride on 4th&B. The Detroit duo dub what they do “horrorcore,” and their new one, Bang Pow Boom, is their 11th release to date. Really?... Blues Strat slinger Buddy Guy will be out at Viejas’s Dreamcatcher room. The 73-year-old, five-time Grammy-winner just dropped one of them career collections, The Definitive Buddy Guy, via Shout! Factory.... God squad punks the Crucified have regrouped to tour this year. They’ll be at teen scene Epicentre up in Mira Mesa with xLooking Forwardx, Braveheart, and Death Comes Fast. Check out Adam’s interview in this week’s “Blurt” for more on the Crucified’s resurrection.... House of Blues hosts Interpol’s Paul Banks, aka Julian Plenti, who will play from his solo go Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper, out now on Matador.... Newgrass hit Keller Williams bellies up to Belly Up behind his new folkadelic do Odd.... Uptown, Sunnyside, Boom Boom Kid, Pop Bottle Bombers, and That’s Incredible fill a pop-punk bill at the Ken...while around the bend, Bar Pink plugs in N.Y.C. garage-pop throwbacks Electric Tickle Machine. GBV fans take note: you’ll like 'em a lot.
Our own international indie hits Pinback roll back into town for a couple sets this week. Rob and Zack et al. will be at Belly Up Sunday night with ex–Dead Milkman Joe Jack Talcum and at Casbah Monday with Bellini and Nothingful.... Some New Yawk power-pop Fun comes to Soma Sunday night with O.C. roots-rock revivalists Dusty Rhodes and the River Band and electro-pop trio White Apple Tree. That’s a side-stager, but a kill triple bill, kids.... If ya like it loud: gorecore gang GWAR hits House of Blues...Fear Factory industrialists Divine Heresy will stack ‘em at Brick by Brick behind this year’s Bringer of Plagues...Canadian hardcore crew Comeback Kid will play Epicentre...and Eddie Spaghetti’s Supersuckers will take the stage at Casbah.
Already tol’ ya, Pinback at Casbah, Anti-Monday style.
Some tough Tuesday tickets to choose between, as Grammy-winning geek-rockers They Might Be Giants stomp into Belly Up with Dublin pub-folk band Guggenheim Grotto...local indie experimentalists Tape Deck Mountain will give up the Ghost at Soda Bar — a record-release thing for what could be San Diego’s biggest surprise set yet. (Blogworld’s licking its chops over TDM)...and Joel Gibb’s big band Hidden Cameras will crowd the Casbah stage. Gibb calls the Canadian collective’s song stylings “gay church folk music.” Okay!
I’m pushing the ol’ word count here, so real quick with the hump-night highlights: Peter Bjorn and John, El Perro Del Mar, and Lights On shine on House of Blues...Soda Bar taps Joel P. West and the Tree Ring...Disco Biscuits rise at 4th&B...Municipal Waste hits the curb at Casbah...Minnesota punx the No No’s dial in at Radio Room...guitar guys David Lindley and John Hammond furiously fret at Belly Up...and jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos gives it a go at hipster digs Bar Pink. The guy’s shows are always on my list of things to do when company comes to town. You know, for the discerning tourist. I’m out.
— Barnaby Monk