“We do hardcore right.” That throwback punk-rock supergroup you’ve been hearing about, Rats Eyes (ex-Locust, -Sirhan, -Combover, and -Bloodflowers), rocks Bar Pink with proggy fusion foursome Schmaltz (ex-Creedle).... Windy City wunderkind Stanley Jordan and his trio finish up a two-night stint at Anthology tonight. The jazz guitarist’s latest Blue Note pressing is called State of Nature.... Belly Up bills an evening with the pride of Paragould, Arkansas, Iris DeMent. The folkie flower child is an artist’s artist whose plainsong parables are better known from the likes of Natalie Merchant, Merle Haggard, John Prine, and Steve Earle. DeMent’s Grammy-nominated My Life (1994) is a folk-rock staple.
Get far out for five bucks at Soda Bar Friday night as Jersey noise-pop quartet Titus Andronicus takes the club with So So Glos. Andronicus’s Beggars XL Records debut Airing of Grievances stands as one of the more exciting collections to wreck ears this year, pounding Pavement’s haphazadry into East Coast barroom rockers “fueled by blue-collar frustration and beer.” The So So Glos are a Brooklyn export that eschews that hood’s artifice for “renegade rock and roll.” Check the Space takes from their last full-length Tourism/Terrorism for a primer. Like-minded locals Sunday Times and Weatherbox will set the stage... If you miss the door at Soda, Soma fills a side-stage bill with A-list locals Get Back Loretta, Thieves and Liars (playing a CD release), Long Live Logos, Silent Comedy, Misc. Ailments, and the New Archaic. That’s a big ticket for under ten bucks, teens.... Al Jourgensen’s (Ministry) other ‘80s industrial act, the Revolting Cocks, will penetrate Brick by Brick behind this year’s Sex-O Olympic-O and its hopeful remix Sex-O MiXXX-O.... Else: Nashville roots crew Old Crow Medicine Show rolls the wagons into 4th&B.... L.A. ambient experimentalists Normandie invade Bar Pink.... Long and Short of It and the Postals deliver melodic metal to Ken Club.... And rehabilitated emo act the Get Up Kids have a pop-punk play date at House of Blues.
The Adams Avenue Street Fair kicks off Saturday with beaucoup cool stuff t’do. Recommend you catch this year’s SDMA Lifetime Achievers the Zeros Saturday night at 8p on the 33rd Street stage and go to the web address for the rest: adamsaveonline.com.... If you’re still standing, go drone with Om at Casbah. The doom-metal duo is out to tout their “departure” disc God Is Good. It’s bassist-vocalist Al Cisneros’s first record with new drummer Emil Amos and first for indie elitists Drag City. It is what it is. Loud. Primordial. Lichens and Archons on the bill.... L.A.’s alt-rock experimentalists Autolux are fine-tuning their sophomore set Transit Transit. Get a preview when the trio joins Mini Mansions and the Dabbers in a Casbah-curated show at Soma.... The Sian Alice Group will bring the Brit pop-tronica to Bar Pink. L.A. indie kid Nico Stai sets the stage.... The Milgaten boys’ Vision of a Dying World has a CD-releaser at Soda Bar. The psych-folk act’s new one’s called I Will Not Fear What I Don’t Understand.... Celtic-rock quintet the Young Dubliners play a jig gig at Belly Up.
Ché Café continues its Disorientation Fest Sunday night with plucky troubadours Cole Miller, Doug Paisley, and Dusty Highway from Coronado. (I didn’t think they let the kids play music on that side of the bridge).... There’s gonna be a Texas twofer at Radio Room Sunday night as the Lone Star State’s Tagalongs and Bass Line Bums split a bill with locals Mice and Mocking Birds. It’s all that high-octane pop punk that the kids like.... Soma stages the “Squash the Beef” (?!) tour, starring So You Think You Can Dance Gavin Dance. The Sac-town screamos are out in support of their latest and, according to the experts, “most accessible” collection, Happiness. He doesn’t sound happy. Emarosa, Of Mice and Men, and a couple other beef-squashing bands are on the bill.
SanFran band the Dodos land at Casbah Monday night for the club’s Anti-Monday meet-up. The psych-folk duo’s Visiter (Frenchkiss) was a pleasant surprise last year, climbing crit lists quickly and convincingly with its acoustic art-punk quirk, freak-folk layers, and classic-rawk bravado. Two guys! They kill it live, too. I haven’t heard the new one, Time to Die, but the Space takes suggest the heavy hand of production. Kiwi crew the Ruby Suns will set the stage with woodsy psych-folk sing-alongs.... Indie-pop quartet Portugal. The Man visits Belly Up behind The Satanic Satanist, a less conceptual, more traditional pop-rock record for the Alaskan act. Take a taste at myspace.com/portugaltheman. Drug Rug and Robert Francis set the Solana Beach stage.... Funky soul brothers the Styletones step into Bar Pink, where they hold down most Monday nights.
British buzz band the Horrors haunt Casbah Tuesday night. The fuzz-pop five-piece has been enjoying some critical acclaim for their sophomore step-up Primary Colours. Take one part JAMC, one part MBV, mix well, tour the world. Garage-rocking Costa Mesans Japanese Motors pull into the club first.
Couple of hump-night hits this week as NYC dream-pop dame Yuki Chikudate and her band Asobi Seksu (means “casual sex” in Japanese) hit on Casbah with Hush, their latest “shoegaze with gloss” crit pick available via Polyvinyl. Up-and-coming Swedish folkies Loney Dear and Anna Ternheim also on the bill.... “I Got Soul, I’m So Wasted.” Beauty Bar styles an electro-clash club night around Oakland act Wallpaper (aka Eric Frederic), who drops his debut disc Doodoo Face this week. (Yeah, you read that right.) Dago dance-punx the Attack and Black Barbie up first.
— Barnaby Monk