Oui, oui, monsieur, Louis XIV reunites tonight at Fluxx Live downtown. San Diego’s infamous punk-fueled blues-rock band was banned in Alabama in 2008 for their on-the-road antics and irresponsible lyrical content. Alabama said they were “racist” and “sexist.” Alabama! On the web, Pitchfork consistently pitch-slapped the quartet with sub-three scores for what they considered nothing more than an obligatory nod at the last part of the “sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll” credo. And in the press, the San Francisco Guardian published an article called “10 Reasons Why You Should Not Like Louis XIV.” It’s been a couple years since they’ve shared a stage as LXIV. Hell, it’s been a couple years since they updated their website, so I’d assume this spectacle’s a one-off and suggest you do just about everything you can to get in on it. They are the boom kings. Lesands and Hot Moon up first.... Best of the rest has Seattle singer-songer Damien Jurado touring in support of last year’s Secretly Canadian release Saint Bartlett. The indie folkie’s tour stops at the Loft at UCSD and includes Portland duo Viva Voce...pop-rock songsmith Marshall Crenshaw will visit Acoustic Music San Diego...Oaktown’s Man/Miracle joins local faves New Mexico and Dudes to fill a tasty indie-rock bill at Tin Can Ale House...the Brubeck Brothers (jazz-piano great Dave’s sons Dan on drums and Chris on bass and trombone) carry on the family tradition with a trad-jazz showcase at Anthology...French avant composer Yan Tiersen and his eclectic electric gadgetry will take the stage at Belly Up...while Chi-town cello troupe the Loneliest Monk plays steampunk at Queen Bee’s in North Park. Jay lays it out in this week’s “Blurt,” so flip or click to that for the inner-workings of Chrononaut.
The Fishtank Ensemble drifts into the Loft at UCSD. They’re a Euro-American Bay Area band that rocks the gypsy tip. Press sez: “Hard, fast, and serious, there’s nothing fishy about them; no slouching or mannered excesses, as Fishtank Ensemble comes armed, loaded, and ready to serve you up a platter of intense nearly cosmic gypsy music.” Nearly cosmic.... Asobi Seksu will play the dreamy shoegaze takes off of their fifth proper, Fluorescence, at Casbah. Braids and Tape Deck Mountain open the show.... That dude from Queens of the Stone Age is back at Tin Can Ale House with his alt-pop act Mini Mansions. The trio’s out to tout last year’s v. recommendable s/t debut. Psych-pop Canada band Jon Cohen Experimental and local new wavers Neon Cough up first.... The scariest band in the land, Deadbolt, slides into Eleven for two nights of chainsaw rawk.... Poway post-grunge sons Unwritten Law have a new one in the works, Swan. They’ll premiere it here at House of Blues before heading to Australia next week.... Denver’s folk-punk four-piece Devotchka just dropped 100 Lovers. They’ll join L.A. punks con salsa Mariachi El Bronx at Belly Up.
Bass great Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, the reunited Stooges) and his Missing Men show up at Casbah Saturday night. The post-punker’s got a spanking-new t’do with Hyphenated-man, a punk opera inspired by creatures from the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch. That’s wicked interesting. I’ve got a book of Bosch triptychs, and they do suck a soul in. The Bellrays and Firethorn set it up.... Tin Can Ale House has a trick triple bill with SanFran indie-pop bands Papercuts, Young Prisms, and the Devotionals. Papercuts is the fleshing out of San Francisco bedsit songwriter Jason Robert Quever, and his/their Sub Pop debut, Fading Parade, is one of the more anticipated lo-fi releases this year. Take a taste here: myspace.com/thepapercuts.... Else: from Brooklyn, avant-jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood visit House of Blues...the Shakedown stages L.A. punkabilly perennials the Gears...there’s a Burger Records showcase at Til-Two, featuring Portland punx Mean Jeans with Cali acts Cosmonauts and Apache...from North Carolina, sludge-metal trio Weedeater hits Ruby Room on their Jason...the Dragon tour...Texas-born and -bred folkie Michelle Shocked will grace the stage at Acoustic Music San Diego.... And up north, you got Owen Hart (the Tacoma metalheads, not the wrestler — he’s dead) at the Ché Café...and, still flirtin’ with disaster, that ’70s Southern-rock act from Jax, Molly Hatchet, swings it at Ramona Mainstage.
Loving these punk-rock matinees that the Shakedown stages. There’s a kill double bill this week, with Portland pop-punkers Welcome Home Walker and the Clorox Girls. Chug some “Suds!” (myspace.com/welcomehomewalker) and then meet me in the sun on Morena. Sunday is now funday, punkie.... One-time San Diegan Ray Raposa and his Castanets will play a date at Soda Bar with Holy Son (one of the dudes from Om) and South by Southwest–bound Portland indie-pop band Dolorean.... ’Round the bend at Bar Pink, you could see some more SXSW travelers, as steady rock-n-soul cat Seth Kauffman and his Floating Action join SanFran band Burnt Ones at the North Park hot spot. Kauffman sings like a young Mascis as he conjures Lambchop’s country grooves. Get yer mitts on his Park the Van debut Desert Etiquette. According to Daytrotter: “[Kauffman] gives you the jitters and the absolute sway is all his.” That’s it, I just didn’t want to be the gusher.
NorWest folkies the Cave Singers (ex–Pretty Girls Make Graves) bring their new Jagjaguwar disc No Witch to Casbah’s Anti-Monday thang...while Soda Bar sets up a Casbah-curated bill that features absolute shredders Red Fang with Davana, Lecherous Gaze, and Otro.... On the quieter side, Brooklyn’s slo-wave Family Band visits Tin Can Ale House with lo-fi locals Drew Andrews and Little White Teeth.
Soda Bar stages this year’s South by Southwest Requiemme showcase on Tuesday night, featuring Black Heart Procession, Maren Parusel, Hot Moon, and Gun Runner. Go give ’em some local love before they hit the highway.... Udderwise, ya got Datarock and Jamuel Saxon bringing the electronic rock to Casbah...and Heavy Hawaii, Jeans Wilder, Ghost Shores, and a “super duper surprise secret guest” taking the floor at Tower Bar.
Minneapolis indie-rock band Tapes N’ Tapes roll at Casbah behind their third studio collection, Outside. It’s gotten mixed reviews and that should maybe prob’bly be chalked up to the irreplicable, shambling charm of ’05 debut The Loon. Hard to rewrite a track as insistent as “Insistor.” Good guys, good band, and it’s f!!cking Wednesday, there’s nothing on TV.... Or go “Jump Around” with House of Pain at House of Blues, as Everlast and Danny Boy celebrate 20 big ones. They’ll serve your ass like John McEnroe. Not sure what that means, but there it is.
— Barnaby Monk