First things first: get your Valentine’s Day datebook in order. Candy, flowers, dinner rezzies, whatever you do to woo, dude, lady dude, I suggest you get on it — Cupid’s got a crossbow.... A’ight. Canada band and Godspeed! offshoot Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra will cram that big band name onto Casbah’s little chalkboard behind their latest, Kollaps Tradixionales, a chamber-punk string of suites that at one point orders us to “Dance, motherfuckers!” No, Efrim Menuck, Sophie Trudeau, Thierry Amar, et al. are decidedly not the orchestro folkies TSMZMO was started to be. Not as hostile as 2008’s 13 Blues, Kollaps balances the band’s fury with strings and other delicacies. Fans of the Constellation brand, I’ll see you at the show.... “If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is.” Craig Owens (Chiodos) and his new digs, D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows), hit House of Blues behind their s/t debut, a heavy-rock ’n’ pop affair that wowed ’em on the Warped Tour and has ’em dancing in the aisles at Hot Topic.... Man, it’s gonna be Hallucination City downtown with D.R.U.G.S. at HoB and Designer Drugs at Voyeur. The DJ/production duo last year released Hardcore/Softcore to “rave” reviews at iTunes. Apparently, they do beat drops and industrial dance jams better than most: “It’s next-level dance club shit that almost morphs into that ’90s hardcore/punk vibe”.... Else: with 30 years of touring and recording under their belts, the U.K.’s psychobilly Surf Rats drop in on Eleven after like-minded locals Zombie Surf Camp...and Atlanta straight-edgers Foundation will help save Ché Café with Xibalba and Soul Search.
South America’s baddest disco-funk band Los Amigos Invisibles appear at 4th&B behind last year’s Not So Commercial answer to 2009 crit-hit Commercial. Los Amigos’ retro ’70s groove and ’80s camp is an intoxicating concoction of early Prince funk, Scissor Sister spunk, with a dash of Daft Punk. Dust off your skids, kids, these Latin-flavored dance jams are irresistible.... Little It’s on the jazz tip Friday night, as Grammy-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri kicks off two nights at Anthology on India. Mr. P.’s Salsa Brothers, released last year with brother Charlie, is a keeper culled from Latin-jazz spice and Afro-Carribean riddims...and the Euphoria Brass Band marches into 98 Bottles over on Kettner. This trad N’awlins band is simply San Diego’s best party platter of fat brass and soulful harmony.... Bunch of fun stuff uptown, too, as blues punks the Bloody Hollies turn up at Eleven behind their new Alive Records record, Yours Until the Bitter End...Tower Bar gets country-punk’d Behind the Wagon with them ’77 slapbacks the Last Years...and alt-rock vets Napoleon Complex pull into Whistle Stop with acousti-pop singer-songer Joanie Mendenhall. DJ Robin Roth will be spinning the post-show dance discs and the Miho truck will be curbside for when them beer munchies hitcha.
SanFran noise-pop band Weekend plays the Loft Saturday night. Weekend’s Slumberland debut Sports is a very recommendable set that shares the garage with hometown hits the Fresh & Onlys and fuzz-pop prowess of genre classics Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.
It’s one of a handful of discs from 2010 that has not yet been shelved in the Monk house. In fact, I’m going to go put it on right now — hang. Ahh, that’s the static. With Heavy Hawaii balancing the bill, this’d be your gig to get to, psych-rock fan.... Uthawise: Zappa (Dweezil) Plays Zappa (Frank) at House of Blues...while right ’round the bend, that dapper rapper Devin the Dude rolls up on 4th&B...Casbah curates a ten-year anniversary t’do for Loud & Clear Records, featuring L&C alum Goodbye Blue Monday, Via Satellite, and Neon Thief...and Bar Pink books them Blasphemous Guitars guys doing Twelve, a Spinal Tap tribute.
Eleven loves its early Sunday shows, and we do, too. This week, 4 bucks at 4 o’clock gets you all-girl tribute Girl-illa Biscuits, one-man band White Stripe, and a Terrorist from Manitoba....
Go easy, though, because after that it’s Los Campesinos! at Casbah. The Welsh big band is out to tout last year’s Arts & Crafts collection Hello Sadness. Have not heard it, but by all accounts it’s a fans-be-damned heartbreaker. I’m sure they’ll play “You! Me! Dancing!” and a bunch of We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, cuz that’s the stuff. Parenthetical Girls (set the stage).... Naughty by nature, Midway punk club the Shakedown stages Seattle shock-rockers the Mentors with Pottymouth and Shit. You should totally take your mom.... And the Loft at UCSD puts on White Denim. The Austin act expanded from a three-piece to four for last year’s D, which, with its “warm acoustics, swirly psychedelics, and occassional flute solo,” garnered solid Bs in rock-write world. I hate flute.
Asteroid Galaxy Tour hits the Belly Up. The Danish indie-pop act lit’rally just released Out of Frequency. I got the press kit and right away hung up the picture of the singer because she’s super hot and I’m a total tool. You should know that about me. I have not listened to the disc and apparently neither has anyone else because I can’t find one review to plagiarize. We’re all tools.... If I go out at all, there’s a soul-jazz jam at Bar Pink most Mondays with the Fire Eaters. I’m all about soul-jazz...
...which is why I’m recommending you take your date to the Louis and Ella tribute (“You say potato, I say poe-tah-toe”) at 98 Bottles Valentine’s night. This is a Dizzy’s dealio, featuring vocalist Leonard Patton and trumpeter/vocalist Teagan Taylor, with Ed Kornhauser on keys, Bob Magnusson on bass, and Duncan Moore at the traps. Super-tight talent all around, damn fine delectables and drinks, and there’s two seatings, at 7 and 9p, for 15 bucks a pop. Can’t beat it. Also, check it, there’s nothing sexier than a lady playing a trumpet.... Best of the rest: for you Valentine’s metal heads into leather and LOUD, House of Blues has Finnish death-metal dudes Children of Bodom...Soda Bar pops the top offa Chantepleures (French for “one who sings and weeps at the same time”). That’s the Mattson boys’ Brit-pop joint, taking cues from the Smiths and Stone Roses. Ex-Hot Moon Mohammed Qiang goes first...and English twee-pop band Bombay Bicycle Club rolls into Casbah. I thought this Pitchslap was pretty funny: “[Bicycle Club] sound like they’d get their lunch money stolen by Kings of Convenience.”
Italian goth-pop predator Dracula Lewis will sink his teeth into the Tin Can.
Last.fm tags the lad “space-psych-horror, lo-fi, aggressive electronics, with weird field recordings...done with a guitar, broken mixer, open mic, and some effects.” Hit up “I (Probably) Put a Spell on You” for a taste of one of Europe’s “best hidden deep dark secrets”...and the uke-shredding Jake Shimabukuro will sling his little thing in the Balboa Theatre...while SanFran’s “classically soulful” band Howlin Rain hits Casbah with L.A.’s “electrified folkies” the Allah-Las.
— Barnaby Monk