Soda Bar draws a draught of fuzz pop in a variety of flavors for one of the better bills this week, indie geek. Check it out: Philly electro rockers Cold Cave re-do nu-wave on one of the best-received debuts this year, Love Comes Close. Collection’s got all your guilty pleasures. Speakinawhich, local duo Crocodiles, y’all. All that tasty My Bloody Mary Chain on Summer of Hate and a couple of standout singles in “Neon Jesus” and “I Wanna Kill” getting heavy rotation on the adventurous stations. Corporate radio eats worms. Wha...? Post these “poncy divas” their SDMAs and call the whole thing off. And, also, garage rock-n-soul squirts Strange Boys, all the way from Austin on Daddy’s Mobil card, and our own avant popsters Anasazis. “Holy shit!” indeed, Soda. Save me a stool.... If or when that fills up, none-too-shabs in the Department of Else: Cincy soul-rockers the Heartless Bastards hit Casbah behind their latest Fat Possum piece, The Mountain, a tidier affair than the Bastards’ norm and a showcase for vocalist Erika Wennerstrom. Suggest you give their Space takes a spin. Sounds a bit like Nico covering Patti Smith and vice versa, no? i.e., a taste needs t’be acquired. “Guests” will set the stage.... Never-say-die London punks UK Subs drift into Bay Park, where they’ll tear through Brick by Brick with like-minded locals Bankers Hill, the Lugers, and Reservoir Tips. Heh.... Bar Pink books a pair of interestingly long-named bands from faraway towns, the New Radiant Storm King group is from Northampton, Massachusetts, and Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives are from Portland. They both play arty indie pop of that par-ticular Bar Pink quality.
Friday kicks off the North Park Awesome Fast slap-dash fest for and by and about bands. Reads like three days and nights of solid club sets up around hipster central — U-31, the Office, Soda Bar, Radio Room. Rockers of the Guitar Hero variety can jack in at northparkawesomefast.com.... Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt, garage-punk duo Japanther are on the road and pounce on campus club Ché Café with Brooklyn crunk crew Ninjasonik and locals the Volts.... Retro-stoners Mars Volta cook noodles at Soma. The Grammy-winning Texas troupe is out to tout their fifth proper but first for the mainstream WB, Octahedron.... Mister Johnny Winter will lay it down at Belly Up. The 65-year-old pale male is one of the featured artists on this year’s Woodstock Experience, available via Sony BMG.... Indie-popular Portland electronic duo Glass Candy join the aforementioned Cold Cave at Casbah Friday night to fill a beats-based bill. It’s L.A. openers Best Coast and their girl-group surf pop that are curling my toes, though. The lady has got her Connie on. Way cool.... Country-fried rawkers Bartenders Bible thump it at Bar Pink. MySpace warning: The banjo player likes to get naked.... “So Cal Loco” Sprung Monkey climb all over Brick by Brick.... South Central alt-hop crew Pharcyde roll up on Canes.... Eclectic lady of rock and soul Bettye LaVette has her “own hell to raise” at Anthology. The 63-year-old madam of Motown has been in this biz and wowing crowds with her pipes since she was 16.
Are you Eeksperienced? Kingston singjay Eek-A-Mouse will make up a date at Canes Saturday night. The roots reggae artist is better known for his road show than recordings, but you should check his cover of Zep’s “D’Yer Maker” off of 1991’s U-Neek. Mouse’ll hit that live for you, if you ask nice.... The B-Side Players will flip it at Belly Up, laying Latin dance jams all the night long. Shine your kicks, ese.... “The scariest band in the world,” Deadbolt, slides into Casbah with the equally raucous Deere Johns and Bartenders Bible.... Uptown, local indie kids Crash Encore, the Death Eaters, and Lazy Stars fill a bill at Beauty Bar...while piano-pop quintet Drowning Men wash up at Bar Pink with L.A. experimentalists OBI Best.
Your pre–Labor Day list is a prodigious list, indeed, dear rocker. Check it: AC freaking DC brings their head-banging, power-chord riffage to the Sports Arena behind last year’s comebacker Black Ice. Said it before, bears repeatin’, best cock-rock band evah.... Portland punk-pop trio the Thermals play an early set at Casbah. Hutch Harris, Kathy Foster, and Westin Glass followed up critical hit song cycle The Body, the Blood, the Machine with this year’s equally ambitious concept collection Now We Can See. Not exactly apples and oranges, as the trio’s got limited tricks, but BBM was way way better and one of the best records of 2006. A must. Tape Deck Mountain sets the stage, and then afterward, Jivewire DJs will spin you right round. Baby.... Belly Up bills its annual punk-rock reunion show, this year featuring PIVIT, Agent 51, Sack Lunch, and Spero Lumina.... Psych-folkies the Donkeys clop into Ruby Room. The boys’re back from a six-week stint with Magnolia Electric Co. Earnest Wow. Wrap yer mitts around their Dead Oceans disc Living on the Other Side to hear what all the hubbub’s about. Odd-pop indie act Loxsly from Austin and our own Moviemakers warm the seats at the Hillcrest hideaway.... Fullerton slop-pop act Audacity spills it at Bar Pink with Stoned at Heart and the Bugs.
Didja know Labor Day’s a Canadian holiday? Thought not.... Blues-rock bros China Clippers will play a freebie, as they do every first Monday, at Ruby Room. They will open with “O Canada.”
“We don’t want to bring anything to the table. We want to be the table.” That’s Lowell Heflin of local noise-pop quartet the Lanterns, which will light up Radio Room Tuesday night. Have you heard Apocalypse Youth yet? Get with these guys. They won’t tickle. Life Deposits, Sad American Night, and the Beat-less set the stage.
Scottish pop pinup Paolo Nutini (Dad was from Toscana) burns down the House of Blues with the blue-eyed soul off his latest international hit Sunny Side Up.... Barroom rockers Southern Culture on the Skids and Los Straitjackets are gonna pack ‘em wall to wall at Casbah, while Pant Hoots plays the Atari.... L.A. mainstays the Blasters and John Doe will pull out the roots rock at Belly Up.... And Anthology hosts for three nights starting Wednesday, living legends of jazz Chick Corea (keys), Stanley Clarke (bass), and Lenny White (traps). Two shows a night, jazz fan. No excuse. — Barnaby Monk