At 75 years young, Andre Williams is hotter than ever. The vanguard of sleaze rock, once known as “Mr. Rhythm” (comedian Redd Foxx dubbed him that), is better known now as “the Black Godfather,” touring his spluttering blues-punk through the world’s “bucket-of-blood clubs,” as he calls ’em. Williams came up in the ’60s working with Stevie Wonder and Ike Turner. In the ’70s, he wrote for Parliament and Funkadelic. He’s known best for penning nasty little numbers such as “Shake a Tail Feather,” “Jail Bait,” and classic Cramps take “Chicken Fat.” These days, Williams shares studio and stage with session bands the Sadies and the Dirtbombs. The renaissance rocker brings this year’s thing, That’s All I Need, to Soda Bar, where he’ll split a bill with Jail Weddings and Little Fowl.... ’Round the bend, Japanese pop-rock trio Buffalo Daughter rides into Bar Pink behind their latest, Weapons of Math Destruction. (Though not his “jams,” my middle-schooler thinks that’s hysterical.) SD indie chanteuse Maren Parusel will lend some weight to the proceeedings by playing a CD-release for her heart-on-sleeve debut Artificial Gardens. O.C. boy-girl band Touche is also on the bill.... Else: Nashville act Paperhead’s at Til-Two with their s/t debut, a convincing throwback to the ’60s English folk scene.... Jamaican jazzman Monty Alexander (Sinatra, Bennett, Gillespie) brings his new swing, Uplift, to Anthology.... And “It’s a Cud Life,” as hip-pop playa Kid Cudi rocks Man on the Moon II at the San Diego Sportsavalleyviewcasinorena.
Though not the Will Sheffian concept rock of Black Sheep Boy or Stage Names, Okkervil River’s new t’do, I Am Very Far, measures the weight of the frontman’s rising notoriety with Sheffian plaints and humor.
Verbose and warbly, the outsider’s Americana collection is a grower that, given the chance, will scratch all the itches Okkervil fans fumble for. Okkervil River flows into Belly Up with the equally verbose (and trebly bearded, I can’t not add) Titus Andronicus, who are out to tout last year’s indie-crit-hit The Monitor. I have seen/heard both these bands in this room, and it suits them beautifully. Should and more’n likely will sell out, so, chop chop!... “Pardon us for living, but the graveyard is full,” so says the other big giggers this Friday, as NYC garage-rock gurus the Fleshtones play this year’s Yep Roc release Brooklyn Sound Solution (feat. Lenny fucking Kaye) for Bar Pink. Afterward, it’ll be Junior and Vaughn’s monthly EDM dance party “Go Bonkers!” at the North Park hot spot... Hong Kong Fuzz (Dirty Sweet) and Operation Mindblow will bring some homegrown to Tin Can Ale House.... While Whistle Stop serves up dinner and a show with Joey Harris and the Mentals on the floor and yummy supper truck Miho Gastro at the curb.
“Ramones-core” trio the Queers take down the Shakedown behind Back to the Basement, the New Hampshire band’s return to Asian Man Records.
The SoCal label has been reissuing a bunch of the punks’ back catalog. Try to get your hands on Queers essential Love Songs for the Retarded for a primer. The Apers and Secretions will lube the room.... Get your guilty pleasure on when the Cured, Murmur, and Still Ill bring ’80s college rock back to Belly Up. I haven’t seen the Cure or Smiths coverers, but Mikey Stripey and the REM tribbers in Murmur fairly nail the iconic Athens act.... Grant Hart, drummer/founder of pop-punk trio Hüsker Dü, will visit Bar Pink. He’s a singer/songwriter trading his sticks for picks and keys, and he’s working on a concept collection based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. Eesh. Check out Hart’s Hot Wax for some of his buzzy best solo stuff. The Brothers of Brazil are back in town. They’ll go first.... Kava Gallery will host “June Gloom,” a subsonic anti-celebration featuring knob twiddlers and pedal diddlers High Mountain Tempel, Ogo 511, the Armory Show, and ’60s Residue. Jay Allen had a chat with “contemporary occultists” Keith Boyd and Eric Neilsen of High Mountain Tempel for this week’s “Blurt”.... Duly note: the Holly Golightly/Kid Cargo show was moved from Sodabar to Casbar.... And the “Eat Your Heart and Brains Out Burlesque Revue” at Ruby Room promises titillating zombie action.
Super Sunday sets at Ché Café as the collective’s Spirit Animals conjure Japanther and Crystal Antlers.
Japanther is a prolific spunky punk duo from New York City that specializes in sugary, glorious noize. Get yer mitts on the hits of high-water mark Tut, Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt — “Um Like Yer Smile Is Totally Ruling Me Right Now.” Like-minded Los Angelinos Crystal Antlers add a little avant to the ouvre. Fidlar and Twin Cabins are also on the bill. Doors at 8p.... Loopy lady tUnEYarDs plays Soda Bar with odd-pop local Rafter. Will Crain broke this one down for this week’s “Of Note”.... SanFran band the Ferocious Few bring their punkabilly thing to Bar Pink (“Sounds like: passionate baby wailing in the sun with the reverb on 12”).... “Drive It Like You Stole It,” L.A. electronicats Glitch Mob’re at Belly Up.... And FM 94/9 floats a freebie at Casbah with Heavy Glow, the Tuggs, and Just Like Jenna, with grindage from Gaglione Brothers (the Bay Area boys can rock a cheesesteak, yo).
Coupla Monday mentionables, as travelin’ troubadour CJ Boyd pulls his jambulance up at Soda Bar. Kenseth and Brandon, Awakeners, and Secret Fun Club open the show.... And Whistle Stop hosts Adam Gimbel’s Musical Pursuit for you pop-music brainiacs. Fun and prizes.
House of Blues hosts a Casbah-curated show, featuring Fat Wreck Chords pop-punk artists Face to Face, who are touring in support of this year’s Laugh Now, Laugh Later. Strung Out, Blitzkid, and the Darlings up first.... Jazzy jam collective Free Moral Agents (Mikey Owens of Mars Volta) bring their new thing, Control This, to Tin Can Ale House. Paleo, Pilots, and a Wild Pack of Canaries lift it off.
Soda Bar sets up L.A. power-poppers the Paul Collins Beat (née the Beat).
The self-proclaimed King of Powerpop just keeps on kicking — Ms. Leary laudably reviewed last year’s set, if you care to look through this link: sandiegoreader.com/news/musicreviews/.... Rocksteady Jamaican music men Toots and the Maytals bring Flip and Twist to Belly Up.... And Ted Nugent hits House of Blues with his “I Still Believe” tour. Well, if “the Nuge” still believes...
— Barnaby Monk