Folk-pop Portlandians Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives load into Bar Pink Thursday night. It’s been a rough-and-tumble winter for Grow, who wrecked the band’s van in a January Nor’wester. Back on his feet means back onstage for the intrepid singer-songwriter who, while touring in support of the band’s s/t debut last year, dropped chill solo set Comfortable Feel. The band is on a month-long Left Coast swing working out the material for their new thing, due to drop later this year. You like vocal folk, then get ready for the goosebumps — the quartet breathes one breath.... ’Round the bend, Soda Bar sets up art-rock trio the Billy Nayer Show. It’s been a long and loopy road for this NY crew. Since its inception in ’92, BNS has been spit on by punks — it’s tradition — and lauded at Sundance for their “space-Western” film The American Astronaut. Always an interesting set. No spitting. That’s just rude.... San Diego rarity Birdzilla alights at Tin Can Ale House with Dreamgoatz, Craig, Men Seeking Women, and men seeking women. Eureka-based “junk-pop” archaeologists Dreamgoatz is “an amalgamation of the last 10,000 years of the musical fossil record.” Like, Jurassic.... And rock-n-soul sister Lady Dottie dons her Diamonds at El Dorado downtown. That group in that room is some good puddin’, y’all.
Afghan Whig Greg Dulli’s indie-rock supergroup the Twilight Singers set on the Belly Up stage. The mighty-live five-piece signed to Sub Pop for this year’s Dynamite Steps, an electronic affair filled with “dark keys and cobweb-covered violins.” With chamber-pop big band Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s setting it up, this is a hip-sexy double bill, y’know, if you’re on a date.... No date? Ale Mania, Northern Tigers, and Shiva Trash blow into Tower Bar for a drunk-punk triple bill. Check out the quirk-pop sides on Ale Mania’s new Volar seven-inch: alemania.bandcamp.com/....
Aussie indie-pop duo An Horse trots into Soda Bar Friday night. The Tegan and Sara protégés are touring in support of their new crit hit Walls. According to Spin, An Horse’s “buzzy guitar pop is more hyper and gripping than ever.” Gun Runner goes first.... Else: SoCal nu-metal hits Adema are back at Brick by Brick. The on-again, off-again quartet will keep the reunion rolling, despite a recent arrest...and Pechanga has a good bet with college-rock radio staples the Goo Goo Dolls.
Get your arse out of bed if you want to score a table at your neighborhood pub for the UEFA final. Man U vs. Barcelona, futból fan. Rooney vs. Messi. Kickoff’s at 11:45a, so order up a breakfast of blood sausage and beer and see if the workmanlike Brits can beat the passionate Spanish side. Not bloody likely: Barça, 2 — Man U, nil....
SanFran indie-rock man and Tiny Telephone operator John Vanderslice visits the Casbah in advance of his White Wilderness, another collaboration with Minna Choi’s wicked pissah Magik*Magik Orchestra.... It’s gonna be a psychobilly slaughter Saturday night, as the Grims, the Vamps, and Cannibal Mad Men take down the Shakedown.... And alsos: SacTown pop-punk band Boats! drifts into the Tin Can after Gloomsday...Sprung Monkey, Superunloader, and Bedford Grove hit the beach at RT’s Longboard in P.B. for a night of locals-only party rock...or go check out who won Bar Pink’s “Pink Punk Lotto,” as the lucky randoms take the stage to show you what they came up with. They should call themselves the Lucky Randoms. Tell ’em I said.
The gig to get to this week, indie geek, is Mr. Microphone Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie, which will loom on UCSD’s Ché Café stage Sunday night. Elverum’s cavernous guitar and quaking voice are unmistakable staples of the genre, an artist rock scribes describe as “the Northwest answer to Jeff Mangum.” Same cult, different disciples. Elverum stupefied fans with last year’s Wind’s Poem, an homage to black metal. See you at school. Key Losers and Nicholas Krgovich up first.... Upthataway, Belly Up pairs JC tribute Cash’d Out with Celt-punx Lexington Field...while the forecast for Harrah’s has funk soul brothers Earth, Wind & Fire hitting the Valley Center stage.... Thrash-metal quartet Acrassicauda hits Brick by Brick behind Only the Dead See the End of the War. Dave Good got the Of Note-able goods on this Iraqi act if you want to flip or click to that for the interesting bits.... Most of you have an extra day on the docket this weekend, yes? So, why not burn down Sunday at Shakedown’s “Mega Memorial All-Day Rock-N-Roll BBQ Blackout Blowout” — saucy meat, suds, skating, shooting the shit...and then hit Casbah’s Jivewire dance jams. You so love to boogie.
Ohio native Lydia Loveless does “country music with balls.” She’s got a booming voice, for sure, and she’s fun to look at.
The Bloodshot chanteuse will lay out her due-to-drop debut Indestructible Machine at Tin Can Ale House. Ugly Boogie up first... Seattle’s jangle-pop throwbacks Seapony set up at Soda Bar to celebrate the release of Hardly Art debut Go with Me, which drops tomorrow. Chairs Missing and United States ’11 in support, while Mario Orduno spins round sets.... From Highland Park, punk-rawk trio God Equals Genocide turns up at Eleven after International Dipshit and the Regressions. Fun stuff, like Mo Tucker at 78 rpm: myspace.com/godequalsgenocide.
Super Furry Animal Gruf Rhys plays Casbah Tuesday night.
The Welsh singer-songer is out in support of his third solo go, Hotel Shampoo, which Drowned in Sound called “Rhysian kaleidoscopic cinematic pop.” Fans of the Super Furrys should get all that. Y Niwl opens the show.... Downtown, Canadian mix master Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub drops at House of Blues.... While northa town, the Ché stages one of its Spirit Animal Fests, featuring superawesome noise-pop Philly kids Algernon Cadwallader with Small Talk, Snowing, 1994, and Joyce Manor. It’s a long, loud day at the café.
Checking out the jazz tip Wednesday night, you got the Danny Green Quintet to get you over the hump at the Loft at UCSD...and, Tortoise fans, take note, that dapper duo Mattson 2 play Soda Bar behind their spanking-new Galaxia Records debut Feeling Hands. Thanks, Mattsons, for mailing that over. It’s rolling right now and sounds so rad.... If you’ve got a garage-rock yen, Tower Bar’s serving Thick Shakes — “Lo-fi punk, equally as inspired by Nancy Sinatra as by Tunnel of Love.” They’re a Beantown band from my hometown of Jamaica Plain. Go Sawks! (I get one a summer.)
— Barnaby Monk