“Something new, for new people.” Soda Bar stages L.A. punk icon and artist, the Black Flag founder Greg Ginn and the Royal We. The Royal We being he. It’s a solo show backing last year’s We Are Amused, a gritty electronica album in the vein of Skrillex. Ginn, however, bathes his guitar skronk and neu beats in theremin. “I try to play what I like to hear,” Ginn told CMJ upon the album’s release. Diana Death’s pop-punk trio the Very will open this gig to get to Thursday night.... Else: a push to the left and a shove to the right, at Eleven, you’ll find psychedelic rocktronica trio SLPWLKRS with Bat Bombs and the Slashes...Tower Bar’s offering an Interesting Drug. They’re a Moz/Smiths trib...Downtown proper, Old Time Relijun’s Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa delivers its “trans-utopian world music” to Tin Can Ale House with Skrill Meadow and Octa#Grape...and Clint’s bass-lovin’ son Kyle Eastwood brings his nu-jazz funk thing to Anthology.
Berkeley-based psychobilly band Tiger Army invades House of Blues on its Spring Forward 2012 tour, which offers limited dates, so you cowpunk cadets better get in line. Sweet and Tender Hooligans set that up....
Soda Bar’s serving Malts, the SanFran art-punk band Terry Malts, whose Slumberland debut Killing Time, according to their hometown rag the Bay Guardian, is a collection of “gloriously melodic slop packed with noisy punk riffs, classic SST-evoking lyrics, and samples peppered throughout.” It’s been a pretty steady spin in the Monk truck as well. Lo-fi locals Tropical Popsicle and Vyper Skwad (members of Christmas Island) up first, making that one tasty triple bill.... Lady Sinatra — “inspired by space rock and Asian sex parlors, the West Hollywood four-piece has a distinctive sound that it has proudly self-proclaimed as ‘man rock’” — joins Indians and Short Eyes at Bay Park bar the Griffin...while right ’round the bend at Brick by Brick, San Diego blues-rockers the Brett Ellis Band celebrate a CD-release for Monkey Brains. Los Loaded Saints in support.... From Scranton in Pennsylvania, outlet for Dunder-Mifflin paper products, punk’d rock-rollers the Menzingers will play Ché Café behind this year’s On the Impossible Past. Cheap Girls and Sidekicks up first.... Back downtown, I see odd-pop peeps Rafter, Tourism, and Matt Curreri fillin’ a bill at the Tin Can Ale House...while ’60s girl-group radio hits Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (“Dancing in the Street,” “Heat Wave,” “Nowhere to Run,” “Jimmy Mack”) grace the stage at Little Italy supper club Anthology.
“Curatorial” alternatonk outfit Rio Peligroso will be celebrating its three-year anniversary this Saturday at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge. “Join us for half-price drinks and food and a ‘Name this here tune’ contest. Winners will receive a $20 bar tab or a VIP Humphrey’s Pass.” (Brush up on your Flying Burrito Brothers wink.) That’s a happy-hour t’do that starts around 5p and a great place to grab some grub before heading up to Casbah to catch Brooklyn pazz-and-jop dance band Rubblebucket, which will spill it at the Middletown mainstay with the Heavy Guilt. The Bucket’s follow-up to their very excellent Omega La La is a live joint recorded in Chicago. The CD/DVD’s called Live in Chicago (duh) and is due to drop on Tuesday....
And alsos: that garage-pop princess Colleen Green brings mixed nuts (Milo Goes to Compton) to Soda Bar. Heavy Hawaii, Dunes, Sunwheel, and DJ Mario O up the ante on that lo-fi affair...rootsy River City and Dustbowl Revival play Bar Pink...rappers E-40 and Too Short roll up on 4th&B...and O.C. punkabilly band the Rocketz land at Midway club the Shakedown with Astro Zombies and Gore Horsemen.
Mini Apple, represent! Hip-hop collective Doomtree takes the stage at Porter’s Pub behind this year’s self-released No Kings. Seven emcees in unity is something to see. Brett Uddenberg hit up their February pass through town right here: sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/.... Post-hardcore Michiganders La Dispute’s across campus at the Ché, touring in support of Wildlife. Tourmates Balance and Composure will open the show at the campus collective.
He’s got, like, a PhD in guitarology from Yale (which means he’s really good at beer pong), he’s “guitartiste” James Moore and he’ll make that thing sing, squall, groan, and moan at Space 4 Art downtown.... Or head to the ’hood, where Kenosha punx Pistofficer bust Tower Bar. The singer’s awesome sauce, sounds like Popeye — ag ag ag ag.
House of Blues hosts ’80s radio hits Squeeze. The UK new-wavers will be releasing limited-edition white vinyl, Live at the Fillmore, on April 14. That best-of booya will be available only at the band’s U.S. tour dates and through their website. Just ordered one. The gf loves her some Diffbrook. They’re in the Southland for Coachella, btw. Pop-rock troubadour Steve Poltz will open the House of Blues set. Word on the street is there’s a Poltz/Tillbrook collaboration in the works.... Up the Fifth Ave. hill, free-jazz freaks Seesaw Ensemble will lay it out at Tin Can Ale House with Pinback Crow’s other other other band Mission:Valley.... Northways, Belly Up books “an evening with” maxi-instrumentalist David Lindley (Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon)...and on campus at UCSD, Pittsburgh’s soul-rockers Rusted Root pop up at the Loft, while punk-rock Zonies Ramshackle Glory ride into Ché Café behind Bellow, Tiltwheel, and Little Dead Girlfish.
Trevor Powers’s Year of Hibernation has resulted in a year on the road, as Porter’s Pub welcomes his piano-pop band Youth Lagoon back to San Diego for (if I’m counting right) their fourth visit in the past six months?...
Ex-Hold Steady piano man Franz Nicolay will play Soda Bar behind his new EP Live Free. Everything I now know about Nicolay, I learned on the Wik. Interesting crap like, “His favorite brand of moustache wax is Cowboy Stache Wax, from Montana,” in case you want to bring him a little something.... Uthawise: the Bertos, City Mouse, and the Plurals fill a pop-punk bill at Bar Pink...and Mellowdrone’s remix master Jonathan Bates brings his solo show, Big Black Delta, to Casbah with Lizeth Santos’s one-woman workout, Smile Now Cry Later.
— Barnaby Monk