A trio of male Nurses will administer healing sounds at Soda Bar tonight. The Portland band’s crisp, sweet Apples Acre, its 2009 Dead Oceans debut, was an easy comp to the Cure (circa The Top, Head on the Door) and enjoyed consistent critical praise for its “delicately shambolic” psych-pop sound. This year’s Dracula, which dropped last week, finds the former San Diego outfit bringing up the beats to toughen with funk that delicately shambolic sound. You can dance with Dominant Legs, who open the show.... Bloomington’s “hurricane of sweat, sex, and day-glo,” Andy D, cracks one at Tin Can Ale House tonight. Mr. D claims he’s “the anachronistic love child of Punky Brewster and Lee Van Cleef...raised by breakdancing robot wolves,” and he’s out to tout this year’s Songs in the Key of Magic. The Danny McBride–looking dude conjures Prince and Beasties and leaves it all on the stage. Birdzilla, Bad Dad, and Grammatical B fill the bill.... Queensrÿche is celebrating 30 years of prog-metal mayhem at House of Blues. This summer they dropped their 12th proper, Dedicated to Chaos, which finds the Bellevue band infusing its “huge rock with a dance vibe,” says drummer Scott Rockenfield. He probably meant dance vÿbe.... Local lo-fi faves Crocodiles, Heavy Hawaii, and the Plateaus will play a Ché Café benefit. This show should raise some much-needed green for the campus collective. I guess they’ve got a monster insurance bill coming due in the new year. Get up there and see a show, and drop a little something extra in the coffee can.
Florida’s garage-born fuzz-pop trio the Jacuzzi Boys join our own Jungle Fever at Til-Two Friday night. The Jacuzzis this year released their sophomore set and first for Hardly Art, Glazin’ — “Sugar in my hair/melting everywhere/in the sunshine/glazin’ for you.” You get the gist. Fun band, good deal of a double bill....
And you’ve got two nights to catch Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, and Colleen Green at Casbah, as this fuzz-pop threeway settles into the Middletown mainstay for the weekend.... ’Nother noisy one up the big hill, where glam-metal bands Glitter Wizard, Hot Fog, Joy, and Sister Mary Challenger play Tin Can Ale House.... A stroll down Fifth at House of Blues, Portugal. The Man brings their brand of radio-ready alt-pop to the downtown stage. Brooklyn-via-London blues-rock band Alberta Cross up first.... Hard-rocking British band UFO lands at Brick by Brick. Forty years on and these guys are still grinding. Word on the interweb is that they’ve got a 20th studio set in the works.... L.A. hardcore punk perennials Circle One’ll set the pit in motion at Shakedown. Check out the rolling fliers on theirSpace page: myspace.com/circle1. These guys played some epic shows in the early ’80s.... ’Round town, you’ve got Stalins of Sound, Slighted, Last Years, and Northern Tigers turning up at Eleven...blues-rockers Heavy Guilt roll into Whistle Stop...and Svedish indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John play Belly Up behind this year’s Cooking Vinyl offering Gimme Some.
I’ll be dropping the little dudes at the Never Shout Never show at Soma and then walking the block to the Shakedown, where SanFran band Glitter Wizard will be casting its stoner spell. Taking cues from forebears Sabbath and Blue Cheer, the Wizards concoct acid-rock potions equal parts heavy metal and — glitter? “Glitter is the herpes of art supplies,” bassist Arthur Tea tells SFGate.com. “You can never really get rid of it.”
Thanks, I’ll wear something disposable. Hot Fog, Brian Ellis Group, and Mutantspaceboy also on the bill.... It’ll be Sloths and Loons at Eleven. Apparently this is the first Sloths show since 1966! Get the rest from Jay’s September 23 “Jam Session” blog post: sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/. Dude is thorough.... A block east, Southern Lord doom-metal garden tool Weedeater plugs in at Soda Bar.... Hangin’ uptown, garage-pop Cosmonauts from the O.C. land at Tower Bar with like-minded locals Mrs. Magician and the Burnt Ones.... While upcounty, Duran Duran and Neon Trees light up Harrah’s Rincon. A safe bet for the new-wave set.
When last I looked up Blind Pilot, they were a pair of Portland folkies on a bike tour of the West Coast. Their DIY debut 3 Rounds and a Sound was garnering nods from all the right heads for its “intellipop” touchstones (Iron and Wine, the Shins). This year I count one, two, three...six members and a new ATO disc called We Are the Tide garnering nods from all the right heads. If you read the Belly Up blurb on this Sunday-night set, Blind Pilot’s about to make a splash.... Or — guilty pleasure comin’ at ya — English synthpop duo Erasure (“A Little Respect,” “Chains of Love”) hits House of Blues on their Tomorrow’s World tour.
From Birmingham, Alabama, one-man band and Swami signee Dan Sartain will play Bar Pink behind his fifth studio set of rockabilly pop, last year’s Dan Sartain Lives. Two Tears and Des Roar open the show....
The Strawbs will play an acoustic set at the AMSD Concerts spot on Mansfield in Normal Heights. They’re a British psych-folk band formed in the mid ’60s that was more of a band’s band. Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny fronted the group for a time, and they’ve toured with Supertramp, Deep Purple, and had stints with the Monks, Bee Gees, and Mott the Hoople.... Horror punk and hardcore hit House of Blues with a Misfits and Agent Orange double bill.... Blues-guitar lion Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be at Belly Up behind his latest, How I Go, which I think I caught a track off of last week on 94/9’s “4 O’clock Blues Break.” Saw him at 4th&B when he was just a kid, and holy shit he could shred. He’s had six number-one records on the U.S. blues chart since then! Trouble is... remains his high-water mark.... Maybe on the way you drop your gf off at the Loft for the Jolie Holland show.
NYC dance-punk band the Rapture will be at Belly Up Tuesday night. They’re touring in support of their first record in five years, In the Grace of Your Love, which indie mag Cowbell says, “moves away from the party and into a troubling phase of post-hipster dotage.” They gave it two and a half cowbells out of five....