Woods bassist Kevin Morby and Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone got together and made Babies, who crawl into Tin Can Ale House Thursday night behind their s/t Shrimper debut. I wouldn’t have given this backwoods-folk/she-punk coupling a chance beyond the novelty of...but for these lo-fi Brooklynites, early X marks the spot. With Baltimore lit-rock quartet Arbouretum — their new Thrill Jockey joint, The Gathering, is a treatise to Carl Jung’s Red Book — and NYC’s Endless Boogie — a Yo La Tengo fave — this is a kill bill and your gig to get to tonight, indie kids.... Miss the door on Fifth, roll or stroll down to Anthology on India, where, from New Orleans, Big Sam’s Funky Nation takes the stage. Trombone funk!... L.A.’s sidewalk-surfing rapper Murs skates into House of Blues with his latest, Varsity Blues 2.... Or “Makeout Weird” at Whistle Stop with drone dudes Monochromacy and garage-rocking Natives.
Fuzzy doo-wop darlin’ (or do you prefer “goth-rock Susanna Hoffs”?) Dee Dee and her Dum Dum Girls visit her hometown hotspot Casbah along with Minks and Dirty Beaches. DDG just dropped their second for Sub Pop, the He Gets Me High EP, which continues in the quartet’s vein of Mary Chain-meets-Supremes. DJ Mario Orduno will spin ’round sets. BTFW, if you missed Mary Leary’s interview in these pages with the Art Fag founder a coupla weeks back, get on it: sandiegoreader.com/music/. Dirty Beaches will play an earlier in-store at M-Theory, your independent record shop in Mission Hills. Click this for the specifics: mtheorymusic.com/calendar/... Jumping uptown: hard-rocking Lord Howler hits Bar Pink... ’Zonie boy-girl garage gang the Love Me Nots and our own punkabilly band Hard Fall Hearts turn up at Eleven...and Ruby Room fills a rootsicana bill with River City, Pushing Rope, the Western Set, and Owl Eyes.... Jazz-funk act Pocket plays Tin Can Ale House.... While northa town, the Tommy Castro Band brings Bay Area blues to Belly Up...and the Loft picks indie folkies Cotton Jones and Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea.
For space-rock four-piece Man or Astro-man? recording’s not high in their minds anymore (it’s been over ten years since they left Touch & Go), but rolling out clones and more mind-blowing shows def. is. The Astro-man lands at Casbah with Octopus Project, Austin’s indietronica answer to Man or Astro-man?.... OC punk perennials Social D check into House of Blues for a two-night stint. D’s got a new do in Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which came out last month on Epitaph to kindly reviews. Southern punks Lucero will set the downtown stage Saturday night.... Soda Bar sets up she-shredder Marnie Stern. The NYC artist last year released her third proper on Kill Rock Stars, a critically acclaimed s/t collection that features multi-instrumentalist Zach Hill. Hill’s math-y trio Tera Malos will set the stage.... Son of the late, great bluesman John Lee Hooker, John Lee Hooker Jr., will visit his Grammy-nominated blues-rock takes on Humphrey’s Backstage.... Stimey’s old band Sub Society will play an extended set at the Ken in honor of their fallen brother. Stampone touches on that in this week’s “Blurt” for more.... And it’s Steve Poltz’s 50th b-day. He’s buying at Belly Up, where Rugburns, Peter Case, and Sara Petite will serenade the local singer-songwriter. Thee Peter Case? Huh.
Shakedown Bar’s booked a punk-rock matinee Sunday, featuring Bay Area blast punx Sharp Objects. Check out lead single “Zero Ambition”: myspace.com/sharpobjects. So rad. With the Complaints and Dead on the Wire up first, let’s roll over right after church.... later on, SanFran punkabilly band the Ferocious Few take the stage at Bar Pink. The dynamic duo of Francisco Fernandez (guitar and vocals) and Daniel Aguilar (drums and drum machine) are out to tout Birdman debut Juices, “a visceral and viscous testament to their stunning, heartfelt brutality.” Whatever that means.... Former Electric Jellyfish, the Aussie singer-songer Michael Beach sets up at Soda Bar with Shiva Trash and Conceptus.... And for you Big-Rock-Show types, there’s one of them at Viejas Arena, with Linkin Park and the Prodigy. Wouldn’t know a Linkin Park song if my butt was hummin’ it.
Th’ Legendary Shack Shakin’, Hank III bassin’ Jim Finkley, aka Joe Buck, aka Joe Buck Yourself, brings his country-punk thing to the Shakedown Bar Monday night...while indie-pop acts Rafter and Swim Party do their Anti-Monday thing at Casbah...and Soda Bar plugs in Portland beardos Hello Electric. Portugal. The Man likes ’em. And Lord Juggernaut and the Pilots are setting it up.
Singer-songwriter and former Ugly American Bob Schneider strums and hums at Anthology behind his new t’do, A Perfect Day. He was also a Scab. You go, you ask him.... Downtown, El Dorado chases down Red Fox Tails, a “surfy soul jazz” trio from O’side that sounds really swell. Hook ’em up on Facebook, and check out “Skatedeck.”
Suffice it to say that Lou Barlow helped write the recipe for what we call indie rock. He’s had his hands in a lot of pie (Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion), but none of his concoctions combines the goo and crust as well as Sebadoh. Barlow’s mid-tempo pop poetics and Jason Lowenstein’s (the original J-Lo) bombast and bark will satisfy all your ’doh cravings. Smash your head on the punk rock, boys and girls, they’re on the road and they’re heading here, to Casbah, with another real man of genius, Sam Coomes, and his rollicking trio Quasi (which includes one-time Sleater-Kinney/part-time Jick drummer Janet Weiss and full-time Jick bassist Joanna Bolme), for this week’s capital-G Gig to get to. I can’t believe it’s not already sold out. Listen, my darlings, haul ass to the Casbah site and secure yer spot pronto.... Best of the rest hump night has a very-heavy-metal Death Angel swoopin’ down on Brick by Brick...Killola (“a little bit Valley, a little bit rock ’n’ roll”) rolling into Bar Pink...and Beats Antique — whose name pretty much says it all — at Belly Up.
— Barnaby Monk