Desert-metal band Fatso Jetson blows in from the same Palm Desert dune that spawned Kyuss, Fu Manchu, and Queens of the Stone Age. Must be something in the scalding air out there (boredom) that inspires such low-end rumble, full-gallop guitar, and songs of such epic depth, he typed while rolling his eyes. These guys pack more in the pipe, though, cross-pollinating punk, pop, jazz, and blues with that primordial stoner-rock ooze. The instrumental act will be out at Bar Pink behind its latest, Archaic Volumes. Secret Samurai splits the bill.... Boogie-rock band funky METERS (née the Meters) check in at Belly Up, bringing their trademark funk-n-blues dance grooves with a twist of New Orleans. Grab a slab of Fiyo at the Fillmore Volume 1 from the merch guy, y’all, cuz these guys get under the skin.... Else: there will be some Male Bonding at Casbah. They are an English punk trio signed to Sub Pop that’s split discs with simular-sounding Girls Vivian and Dum Dum. They are out to tout their debut long-player Endless Now...corporate-rock staples Saves the Day deliver this year’s Daybreak to House of Blues...while local avant-jazz cats In Motion Trio chill 98 Bottles in Little Italy.
If you’ve had the pleasure of spinning easy-listener Born with Stripes by SanDago slack-rockers the Donkeys, get to their set at Casbah Friday night — da Donks are way more dynamic live, shootin’ down Byrds and Flying Burritos with indie-guitar skronk and karang. Fellow SDMA-winners Cuckoo Chaos up first.... Best of the rest: Dead Man’s Party exhumes Oingo Boingo at 4th&B for a pre-Halloween Friday night fright...Dizzy’s downtown does a Thelonious Monk trib with Randy Porter on piano, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Brett Sanders at the traps...Whistle Stop puts up Lunar Maps. That’s No Knife Mitch Wilson’s new t’do, a “pleasure-beat band” kicking jams for the afterparty...and Hollywood shock-rockers Rebel Rebel take the Tower with Jet Kill Radio, the Last Years, and Kodiak.
Evan Dando and his Boston band the Lemonheads will tart up Soda Bar behind reissue of ’92 classic It’s a Shame About Ray (with borrowed hit “Mrs. Robinson”).
This year for Halloween I’m totally going to dress up as Lemonhead Ev circa 1992, when People declared him one of the 50 most beautiful people in the universe.... Speaking of paranormal, Creepy Creeps creep into Til-Two with Thee Cormans and Mother’s Worry. If yer looking to get Hammond haunts on, they do the Mash...and Tower stages 20 Eyes Kobra Kais, a Misfits trib that features members of Death on Wednesday, Diablo Dimes, and Guttermouth...dark-arts big band Kata will squeeze into Bar Pink with goth-pop locals Ilya...Brian Karscig’s (Louis XIV) dance-rock band Nervous Wreckords will be down at Casbah with Republic of Letters and Gran Sasso...while old-school rhythm-n-blues dudes Charles Wright and Brenton Wood (the original “Oogum Boogum” man) take on the Express Yourself Halloween thing at 4th&B.
Fat Possum act the Felice Brothers introduced electro-dancehall into their folk-rock repertoire with this year’s Celebration, Florida, a collection that “owes more to Tom Waits and Lou Reed” than oft-comp’d the Band. The New York sibs are back at Casbah with Nawlins busker Gil Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show).... Jazz guitarists Mundell Lowe and Jaime Valle sling their six-string things at Dizzy’s downtown. Mr. Lowe will be 90 years young in March. Mr. Valle is the proud owner of 13 SDMAs.
Happy Halloween, creepy crawlers...that loopy leporine Nobunny hops into Til-Two behind last year’s Goner garage-rocker First Blood, a Ramonesian punk platter that’s curt but catchy.
Go find “Blow Dumb” on YouTube for a preview. With the Lumps and Mrs. Magician, this one’s a sick sack o’ treats...as is SanFran band Thee Oh Sees, who play Bar Pink behind this summer’s spot of dark pop Castlemania, as hectic and eclectic as we’ve come to expect from the garage throwbacks. There’s some freak-folkie acoustic tunes, too, something you don’t get a lot of from John Dwyer.... If you miss the doors at these real good gigs-to-get-to, follow the sonic boom to Soda Bar, where loud-ass locals Sirhan Sirhan will be rattling cavities and busting drums with punk-metal brethren Archons and Marsupials.... And alsos: Casbah’s got Rhode Island indie act Deer Tick with Guard, Kabbs, Low Volts, and face painting...and Weezer teasers Geezer’s doing an ’80s-themed thing up at Belly Up.
Wild Flag flies at Casbah Tuesday night. From the Merge Records promo press: “Wild Flag is a Portland and Washington, DC–based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony, and Janet Weiss.”
Really all you need to know right there, another fucking acousticoffeeshopquartet. Kidding. Their record is one of the most immediate pure-rock sets I’ve heard this year, and they absolutely kill it live. Do yourself a favor. Drew Grow and the Pastor’s Wives open the show.... From London, Enguland, goth-punk perennials the Damned are out in honour of their 35-year career. The five-piece will perform classics Damned Damned Damned and Black Record at House of Blues. O.C. punks Manic Hispanic up first.... From Montreal, rootsicana band the Barr Brothers will play Anthology in support of their spanking new s/t Secret City record.... From Spinner.com: “Lydia Loveless likes booze, making men cry, and Steve Earle, and all three play a part on her new album, Indestructible Machine.” The 21-year-old singer/songwriter/ninja will be throwing ’em back and kicking ass at Soda Bar. I’m not gonna talk to her, you talk to her.
I’m out of words again, so real quik w/ the humpnight highlights: Japanese pop-punk trio Shonen Knife drop this year’s Osaka Ramones on Casbah after Shannon and the Clams and Jungle Fever...
math-y alt-rock act Minus the Bear will be at Soma behind last year’s critical curiosity Omni...and Afro-punks Hussle Club roll up on Soda Bar behind dapper party rockers the Beautiful View — chula vista, ese.
— Barnaby Monk