One-time San Diego–based dirty-blues duo Little Hurricane blows back into town. The SDMA winners (Best New Artist) are out to tout their Homewrecker CD. After a few more West Coast dates, Tone and CC are off to Australia, so catch them while you can. According to Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition (no kidding), “The boy-girl blues act hollers and moans, swapping vocals in tales of tough, turbulent love.” They’ll follow local favorites Dead Feather Moon and that face-melting Bunny Gang into Belly Up tonight.... Upthataway, at the Ché Café, melodic hardcore band from Massachusetts, Defeater, delivers Empty Days & Sleepless Nights to the campus stage. Hundredth, Rotting Out, and Silver Snakes fill the bill.... Two-time SDMA winner for Best Hard Rock Lord Howler wails at Bar Pink after space-punks Phantom Ratio, which features a one-time Wiper and a “very top-secret invention”.... Jammy NYC psych-rockers Jounce bounce into Tin Can Alehouse with Wet Years (Wild Wild Wets) and Bruin. Jounce features on bass and voice Danny Tamberelli, Little Pete of Nickelodeon’s surrealistic kiddie show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. I don’t know if they want you to know that or not, but there it is.... Downtown, El Dorado will host its Fourth Annual Mustache Party, featuring rock ’n’ soul locals Lyon Crowns and the Silent Comedy’s acoustical Brothers Grimm.... And Uptown, Awesome Fest 666 sets up at Soda Bar, Eleven, the Office, and U-31 for four nights of indie-rock radness. Visit this for the lineup lists: awesomefest666.com/schedule.php. I’ll def. be bouncing back and forth between the Office and U-31 Sunday afternoon to catch Underground Railroad to Candyland, Chixdiggit, and This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb. And Sunday night at the Soda has happy ending written all over it — Lipstick Homicide b/w Toys That Kill. Blammo!
From L.A., Latin rock and hip-hop collective Ozomatli will play the post-race Friday freebie this week. I’m still spinning Ozo’s last brassy batch, Fire Away. Helluva a party platter....
Then, Soma sets up French poptronicat Anthony Gonzalez’s M83, which is touring in support of last year’s crit hit Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, an “epic” double-record set that debuted at number 15 on the Billboard charts and that the tastemakers at Pitchfork gave a Best New Music to, scoring it 9.1. I have to take all y’all’s word for it because this stuff gives me the yawns.... Throwing Muse Kristen Hersh hits Anthology behind her latest CD, Crooked, another “hallucinatory” guitar-heavy set that one critic called “unsettling, like a piece of furniture held together by paint.” Huh. Hersh’s 2010 memoir, Rat Girl, about the year, at age 15, she ran away, enrolled in college, started a band, and discovered she was bipolar is now available in paperback. Double Huh.... Best of the rest: O.C. rap-rock group Kottonmouth Kings slither into House of Blues behind Big B and Prozak...Borderland garage rockers Electric Healing Sound plug in at Tower Bar after Mini Death and Junk Poets...and at Casbah, the loud and proud Dahga Bloom, Astra, Joy, and Shiva Trash will fill yer earholes while the Operation: Mindblow lightshow feeeeds yawwwr heaaad.
From Kingston, Jamaica, reggae artist and son of the famous Bob, Ziggy Marley, will play another Summer Concert Series concert at the Del Mar track. (This one comes with a beer fest.) Ziggy’s got a new CD set called Wild & Free, “featuring guest appearances by Woody Harrelson and Heavy D.” Woody Harrelson?... SoCAL Music Festival sets up in East Village this year. Long Beach’s emo-y indie-rockers the Cold War Kids will headline sets by a butt load of bands, local and otherwise: socalfestival.com/lists/entertainment/.... For those of you averse to block parties, Jimmy LaValle’s ambient post-rock band Album Leaf appears at Casbah with like-minded locals Tiny Telephones...a block down Kettner comma Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet will celebrate the jazz side of Joni Mitchell at 98 Bottles...O’side big band Revenge Death Ball swings into Bay Park bar the Griffin. Chiefs, Rock Mountain, and Brass Knuckle Voodoo set that one up...and Til-Two hosts Babe Fest Saturday night, featuring “bands with chicks that rip.” To wit: LA Witch, Sneak Peek, Dirty Sirens, and Legs.
In the interest of equal time, Til-Two sets up Sausage Fest on Sunday, with the all-boy Joy, Gorgeous George & the Draggs, California Bleeding, and Roach Spit. Very diplomatic....
Swedish indie-folkie Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, ducks into the Birch North Park Theatre. His new record, There’s No Leaving Now, is his third on the Dead Oceans label, lauded for its consistency in the tradition of American-folk (Guthrie/Dylan/Simon) songsmithing. Did I mention he’s Swedish? Strand of Oaks up first.... Else: L.A.’s industrial meatlheads Static-X join Davey Suicide and 9Electric at House of Blues...SanFran folk-rock band Two Gallants play Casbah with Cosmonauts...while Johnny Cash tribute Cash’d Out brings back the Man in Black at Belly Up with drag-strip rockers Stephen Rey & the Slicks.
K Ishibashi, aka Kishi Bashi, is a multi-instrumentalist known for his violin work with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, NYC synth-pop outfit Jupiter One, and the Athens, Georgia, art-rock ensemble Of Montreal. The artist is touring in support of his second solo set, 151a. Chesapeake (VA) chamber-pop act the Last Bison will split the bill at Soda Bar.... Right down the street, San Diego alt-rock lifers Roxy Jones turn up at Eleven with Portland’s rock-roll throwbacks Ape Machine. Deadly Birds land first.
Axeman Slash jacks into his stack at House of Blues Tuesday.
Slash is touring in support of his second solo studio set, Apocalyptic Love, which was recorded with the help of show openers Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. Revolver loves it: “Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be blasted out of open-top sports cars”.... Not a Slash fan? ’Lectric-folk Louisianan A.A. Bondy brings Believers to Casbah...while SD’s barroom-rocking power trio Bloodflowers bloom at Eleven.
According to the Belly Up’s website, Wednesday night’s John Hiatt show is done sold out.... But — but — L.A. industrial trio Prong plugs in at Brick by Brick...you got Go-Go Belinda Carlisle at 4th&B with Men Without Hats...and ’80s radio staples the Fixx at Anthology. “Red Skies at Night”? “One Thing Leads to Another”? No? I saw the Fixx once, on a bill at the UF bandshell in Gainesville with REM and the Ramones. Fun night. Anyone else go to that?
— Barnaby Monk