“I’m in love, love with you baby...I am dumb and so are you.” SanFran folk-punk band Sonny & the Sunsets flip the dial through ’50s sock-hop ’n’ doo-wop, ’60s psych-pop, and ’70s novelty songs. From the fertile Bay Area garage-rock scene, front one Sonny Smith is a rennaissance rocker with an art installation (200 songs for 100 fictional bands?), musical one-act plays, side acts that rival his day job (Earth Girl Helen Brown), and a new, near-perfect 11-song set praised by the Pitch as “charming and knowingly primitive bursts of sunny fuzz.” Order up a slab of Fat Possum disc Hit After Hit and try not to miss it. With Wounded Lion, Plateaus, and DJ Mario O spinning round sets, this Soda Bar show totally beats reruns.... From Reno, Them Sonsabitches (feat. some pissed-off Saddle Tramps) take down the Shakedown tonight. These guys are a departure from the hokey-jokey twang of the Tramps, uncorking some sentient sentiment on the times wrapped in rollicking barroom rock. With the Katywompus Trio and Low Volts, this is one fun greazy threeway.... Downtown, the Kinksian Little Fowl alights at Tin Can Ale House with Bad Dad, Lady Parts, and Ghetto Blaster for a sonic smorgasbord...while Voyeur does club-rock duo Designer Drugs (NYC).... And northa town, British four-piece funk act the New Mastersounds belly up to Belly Up with like-minded Los Angelinos Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats. British funk?
David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) has left the Bible study behind on his new t’do, Strange Negotiations, a crossover from his philosophical (from “the everlasting” to “the everyday”) and musical (full band these days) tendencies, and it finds the Seattle-based singer-songer’s pop career born again. Bazan joins home-spun punk and Casbah fave Rocky Votolato at the Middletown mainstay for heady sets.... Uptowners: been a while since we heard from this garage-rock group, but Hotel St. George checks into Whistle Stop Friday night with power-poppers Grand Tarantula. Robin Roth’ll be on the decks for this Pussy Galore go-round...electroacoustic act Immovable Objects joins post-punk experimentalists Death on Mars at Til-Two...and Happy Body Slow Brain (ex-Taking Back Sunday) turns up at Eleven with the Beautiful View.
San Pedro’s proggy math two-piece the Littlest Viking takes its “tambourines, outrageous drum fills, wicked tapping, hoarse shouting, noise freakouts, salsa beats, and Prince samples” to Tin Can Ale House. Go to theirSpace for a taste: myspace.com/thelittlestvikings. Housewives and Goomies got firsties.... Soda Bar draws a draught of soul-rock and psychedelic pop, as Hot Moon’ll hold a record-release with Donkeys in support.... Utter mentionables: traveling troubadour White Buffalo roams into Casbah...Tower Bar sets up fuzz-pop throwbacks Short Eyes...there’s gonna be some day skates and videos at Shakedown, with Huntington hardcores Shattered Faith and O.C. punk ikon Rikk Agnew (Social D, Adolescents) later on...while right ’round the bend, Soma sez “summer fun has begun,” and they’ll pack the skunk and the skank onto the main stage to prove it, with Tribal Seeds, Seedless, Skank Agents, River Bottom Rockers, and Hi Roots.
Hollywood glam-metal band Faster Pussycat screeches into Brick by Brick behind career composite and generous live disc Front Row for the Donkey Show. If you need a primer or a reminder, check this out: fasterpussycat.com. O’side sleaze-rockers Purple Church will set it up.... Soda Bar rolls Matt Adams’s Bay Area band the Blank Tapes, which the San Francisco Chronicle describes as “sunny surf-rock with swirls of folk and psychedelia.” The Chronicle asked Adams about his early influences: “Guns N’ Roses — I wanted to be Slash and Axl combined.” Who didn’t.... Click to Will Crain’s “Of Note” on the Generationals show at Casbah for more on that Park the Van (Dr. Dog) throwback band.... Tower Bar fills a death-metal bill with Oakland heads Otro, Hazzard’s Cure, Badr Vogu, and Deep Sea Thunder Beast. Ominousity.
Casbah’s serving up Melvins Lite Monday night with a side of Toshi Kasai. Got me. Found this on mxdwn.com: “Info is sparse at the time, but Melvins Lite features drummer Dale Crover and singer/guitarist King Buzzo from the Melvins, with Trevor Dunn from Mr. Bungle and Fantomas.” I’m in.... SanFran “sound collagists” Maus Haus set up at Soda Bar. They’re a six-piece ensemble that features a bunch of keys, drop-dead bass, and bleating sax. L.A. “Afro-experimentalists” Swahili Blonde and local faves Tape Deck Mountain go first.... Orange County pop-punk kids Fiction Reform and North County’s Vindictive Bitches split a bill at Ruby Room. Leighton got the low-down on these little darlings a couple weeks back. If you’re into angry chicks, click on this.
Portlandians Drew Grow and the Pastors Wives are back in town to play Soda Bar behind their s/t debut, “a scuzzy, squally blend of rebellious gospel/folk” (Huffington Post). Like, M Ward and the Magnetic Zeroes.... From the finest little burgh on the Massachusetts Bay, Quincy folk-punk four-piece Continental drifts into the Shakedown. The Dropkick Murphys’ Rick Barton is in on this weekly gig at the Midway punk-rock spot, so make sure you make it over some one of these Tuesdees to say hey, grab the debut (Death of a Garage Band), and check ’em out, you fah-kin’ chowdahead.
Bad Brain H.R.’s at the Soda Bar with Katastro. Dave Good “Of Noted” the D.C. punk perennial, so flip or click to that for the of-notables.... Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the Afrobeat combo first fronted by his father Fela. They will play “an evening with” thing at Belly Up.... And Casbah’s hosting an anniversary event for Avalon Tattoo’s 22 years of inking you up, San Diego! There will be free grindage and a free show, featuring hot-shit locals Low Volts, Ghetto Blaster, Stephen Rey and the Slicks, and the Lumps.