Between Beatlemania, La Bamba, and Walk Hard, singer/songsmith/guitarist Marshall Crenshaw has had a nice, quiet career in rock ’n’ roll. The New Yorker by way of Detroit surfaced in the early ’80s between disco and MTV with a s/t album that remains a must in any self-respecting collector’s bins. Crenshaw held a top-40 hit with the summer anthem “Someday, Someway,” a soul-pop throwback that connects the dots from Buddy Holly to power-pop contemporaries such as Alex Chilton and Elvis Costello. Crenshaw is touring what he dubs “the NPR singer-songwriter circuit” in support of his latest, Jaggedland. He will take the stage at AMSDconcerts in North Park....
If you’re still hungry for singer-songer stuff after that one, Chicago-based acoustic artist Joe Pug will be down at the Casbah behind his first full-length, Messenger. “Customers who bought this item also bought Justin Townes Earle, Dawes, and Ryan Adams,” if that helps.... From Riverside, ska-core big band the Voodoo Glow Skulls will light up Midway punk club the Shakedown after them drunkin’ punkin’ idiots D.P.I. The Skulls this year released their ninth studio set, the self-produced Break the Spell, which follows the band’s recipe for longevity: two parts punk with a dash of hardcore, one part ska, hot salsa to taste.... Swedish psych-rock outfit La Fleur Fatale takes their filmic Second Wave tour through Tin Can Ale House in advance of next week’s release My Dear Sorrow. The quartet follows like-minded locals Sugarrush Railroad Inc. and Manuok into the Bankers Hill bar.... Indie rockers Maren Parusel and Hills Like Elephants play a Requiemme Records showcase at Bar Pink. Did you check out the Elephants’ vid for “Invisible Ink” yet? Tasty — they filmed it at Lucha Libre Taco Shop, front guy Sean Davenport’s place of employment.... Else: Soda Bar sets up Minneapolis surf-pop band Parlour Suite with Dr. Seahorse...and Marsupials hop into Eleven after Deep Sea Thunder Beast and Roach Spit, yes, Roach Spit.
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine (?!) will stack ’em at Brick by Brick Friday night. The Dead Kennedys founder has since moved on to spoken-word form, he started the influential Alternative Tentacles Records, and is a leading figure in the Green Party of the United States.
So, what’s up with Guantanamo? The SanFran punk band was Biafra’s 50th birthday present to himself and another outlet for the activist’s anti-agenda, as gleaned from the band’s record titles Audacity of Hype and Enhanced Methods of Questioning. Angry Samoans will get the pit going.... Texas singer/songsmith/actor J.D. Souther (Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles) will play Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center behind his latest country-rock collection Natural History.... Also uptown, you got ’77 NY punk legend Sonny Vincent (the Testors) and his Bad Reactions joining our own Widows and Hector Penalosa’s (the Zeros) My Revenge at Soda Bar for a night of old-school punk ’n’ roll...and funkin’ jazz jam band Pocket will premiere their new t’do at Whistle Stop.... Porn-punk trio the Mentors will take down the Shakedown with local hardcores Coda Reactor and punk-pop newbies Sculpins.... And for your late-night haps, Casbah clears the floor for another Blowoff, as rock and electro notables Rich Morel and Bob Mould host “a musical smackdown featuring their meaty mix of indie rock, electro, and house.”
“Love is like a battle of the bands, so crank up your amps, man!” Ché Café will stage the gig to get to Saturday night, as Japanther, Loma Prieta, Screaming Females, and Toys That Kill fill a noise-pop bill at the campus collective. Japanther’s an art-punk, dense-in-the-best-sense Brooklyn duo that tour, record, and perform at a sick pace that can only be called hardcore. But sweaty punk dudes Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly also employ hip-hop beats and samples and pop melody and structure, as they verbally hurl over the lo-fi din of fuzzed-out bass. It’s pretty awesome. All four bands are rad like that....
Farther up the 5, that low-toned troubadour Jake Smith, aka White Buffalo, follows Dead Feather Moon into Belly Up. White Buffalo is out to tout his new record, Once Upon a Time in the West, which is roaming up the CMJ charts.... Soma stages reggae sets at the Valley View Sports Casinorena, where Tribal Seeds will headline a heady affair that also features Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth, and Irieside.... Best of the rest Saturday night finds electro-pop peeps Jamuel Saxon and Boom Bip at Bay Park bar the Griffin, while right ’round the bend at Brick by Brick you got psychobilly sets by Guana Batz, Strikers, Gore Horsemen, and Hard Fall Hearts...loudass locals Long and Short of It turn up at Eleven with Ghetto Blaster...while a block right, Soda Bar sets up Austin’s Bright Light Social Hour with Maren Parusel and Dark Thirty for an indie-rock threeway — giggity.
Real fun Sunday stuff early on, as Shakedown hosts a SK8 Jam BBQ with punk-rock muzak by Deniz Tek & the Golden Breed, Subjector, Shiva Trash, and Shark Blood...while Eleven fires up its grill for trucker troubadour D.S. Yancey, whose acoustipunk songs are informed by Americana and a long-hauler’s coast-to-coast scope.... Sunday night, it’ll be Georgia-based experimental-pop quintet Jane Jane Pollock at Soda Bar with our own odd poppers Kera & the Lesbians and Little Fowl...while East County folkie and one-time Wrong Trouser Kelsea Little wraps up her West Coast tour in support of Personal Myth at the Loft at UCSD.
Cathryn Beeks books a hella homegrown showcase at Little Italy supper club Anthology Monday night (go to anthologysd.com for the deets, if you don’t mind)...while “dirt-pop band” Short Eyes looks into Casbah’s Anti-Monday thing after garage-rockers Barbarian and the Yawmen.
It’s my birthday. Jason & the Punknecks are playing Shakedown. What now, son!
Tillman and Tillmann. Former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman is now Father John Misty.
Tillman made a mushroom-fueled move from Seattle to Laurel Canyon last year and found the voice for this year’s Sub Pop debut, Fear Fun, a record that collects “such disparate elements as Waylon Jennings, Harry Nilsson, Arthur Russell, All Things Must Pass, and Physical Graffiti — often within the same song.” Novelty-rock performer Sean Tillmann, aka Sean Na Na, aka Har Mar Superstar, opens the show at Casbah for what promises to be one dilly of a double bill.... Not into it? Damon McMahon’s Amen Dunes, the Entrance Band, and Tropical Popsicle fill a sweet lo-fi bill at Tin Can Ale House...while L.A. emos Say Anything bring this year’s angsty Anarchy, My Dear to House of Blues. Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band open that show.
— Barnaby Monk