“We can always blame it on the weather” may not resonate in sunny San Diego, but when the husky-voiced neo-soul vocalist and master bassist Meshell Ndegeocello delivers the lyric, you will nod along. Ndegeocello will grace the stage at Anthology tonight behind her new collection, Weather, “a somber mood piece that plays the introspection of singer-songwriter folk as meditative jazz.” Got it? Wicked chill covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel” and the Soul Children’s “Don’t Take My Kindness for Weakness” are worth the price of admission.... There’s another good grown-up gig to get to out at Humphrey’s Backstage, where Santa Monica slinger Coco Montoya delivers his new blues tribute, I Want It All Back. The lefty plays an upside-down right-handed guitar à la King (Albert) and spent his formative years filling leads for that hard harper John Mayall in his Bluesbreakers.... It’ll be Grammatical B and his “comedy-based storytelling rap stuff” at the Tin Can Ale House with sonic experimentalist Frank Melendez’s Riververb.... And SanFran folk-pop band Finches alight at UCSD’s Ché Café with more of that in Austin act Mandarin Dynasty, plus Key Losers and A Book About Elephants. Big weekend for/at the Ché, so read on, Macduff.
The good home-cookin’s uptown Friday night, where the Brothers Ralph, local lo-fi faves Writer, and Tapedeck Mountaineer Paul Remund’s Chairs Missing set up at Tower Bar...Soda Bar stages psych-pop heavies Heavy Hawaii, Dunes, and Memorial (ex–Ghost Shores)...while avant-punk Davit Buck’s Homeless Sexuals occupy Eleven.... Oaktown’s hard-rocking An Idols Plague take down the Shakedown after Chiefs, Let Em Rot, and Futile Defiance loosen the lid on the Midway punk club.... And, as aforementioned, Ché Café launches its long “I Promise” benefit fest — three days and nights of banding and glad-handing to get the campus collective solvent going into 2012. Friday finds SD sludge punx Griever at the head of the class, with Calculator, Duke Nukem Forever, Anthrot, Fed to the Wolves, California Bleeding, and Deep Sea Thunderbeast. Go for the tunes or just to drop some green on the $cene. Be awesome.
Too many good shows Saturday. ¡Wtj! I’ll be catching some early I Promise sets up at the Ché, where L.A. art punks No Age and Crystal Antlers fill a bill with Weatherbox, Devfits, Mrs. Magician, Lanterns, and — you know him, you love him — JamSax cat DJ Keith Sweaty spinning ’round sets....
Then it has to be NYC rock-roll legend Billy Rath and his Street Pirates, who will be sacking the Tower with our own throwbacks Chinese Rocks and Cardiac Kidz. Rath, known then as a punk club gigolo, stepped in when bassist Richard Hell (Television, Voidoids) left (or got ousted from — depends who you’re talking to) Johnny Thunders’s Heartbreakers in ’76. Rath and his Pirates went ’round the world last year, so are stage-ready and by all accounts rippin’ it up.... Pro-fessional Bowie tribute Spiders From Bars lands at Brick by Brick. The Ziggy–era act features members of the Adolescents, New Fidelity, Mr. Mister, and Delta Nove. L.A.’s Bella Novela opens that show with their TM “Spaghetti-Western disco rock opera”.... Tin Can Ale House sets up psychedelic surf thrashers Shark Blood with up-and-coming garage-pop trio Short Eyes.... Vintage country crew Hello Trouble will play a CD release for their brand-spankin’ new Troublemaker Records collection at Bar Pink.... And there’s gonna be a Country Dick and Buddy Blue tribute — the, uh, “Dick Blue Ball” — up at Belly Up, featuring performances by local notables Steve Poltz, Joey Harris, Rolle Love, the Buddy Blue Reunion Band, and jazz lioness Romy freaking Kaye, who’s been holed up in New Orleans lo these many years. Be great to see and hear her again.
’Bama trailer-trash rapper YelaWolf broke Billboard this year, when his sophomore set Radioactive debuted at no. 27, creating a debate in rap world as to whether young master Atha was “rolling over to commercial demands” with this “misguided grasp at populism.”
Go aks him yourself, when the tatty Wolf creeps into Porter’s Pub at UCSD. Ice, ice, baby — I dare ya.... Across campus, Ché Café wraps up its I Promise party, staging experimental/noise acts Health, XBXRX, WITT, Innerds, Upsilon Acrux, Realization Orchestra, Kenseth & Brandon, Dead Animal Mod, and DJ Mnstrpsy. Much more versed in the artsy-fartsy, Chad and Bobby Bray set all this up for you in this week’s Blurt, so flip or click to this for the gist: sandiegoreader.com/news/blurt/.... North s’more, Belly Up and Elvis aper James Kruks will blow out the candles on the King’s 77th peanut butter and banana birthday cake.
Still Punk in Drublic, NOFX checks into House of Blues for two nights Monday and Tuesday. Since the early ’80s, pop-punx Fat Mike, El Jefe, Eric, and Erik have been diy in the studio and on the road selling out shows. The Cali skate-punk mainstays are on their “Westcoaster 2012” tour, roadtrippin’ “with so many bro’s, we might have to call it ‘Brogasm 2012.’” They’re talking about No Use for a Name, Lagwagon, Old Man Markley, the Bombpops, and Pour Habit.
And NOFX will have a couple new Fat Wreck Chords compilation EPs at the merch booth for you completists.... Else: Bar Pink and Fireaters light up a soul-jazz jam in North Park...while experimental folky Snuffaluffagus lumbers into Soda Bar with the Realization Orchestra.
Smells like a twofer Tuesday at the El Dorado, as Mattson 2 and Red Fox Tails bring the cosmo swing to the Broadway bar.... Up at Eleven, DJs Rob Crow (Pinback) and Human Jerky (Troy from Cattle Decap) spin “the best metal ever” at the Normal Heights rock spot’s cavity-rattling Unhappy Hour.
I’m outta my weekly allowance of verbiage, so real quiklike with your humpnight highlights, k: fans of Simon, Garfunkel, and Bon Iver take note, L.A. folk-pop duo and NPR notables the Milk Carton Kids turn up at Anthology behind last year’s Prologue, and it’s all of that...
Brooklyn’s superfantastique raptronica trio Ninjasonik sets up at Soda Bar...our own alt-pop throwbacks the Mashtis play Bar Pink with post-punk five-piece Archery for the Blind...from L.A. via Sun Valley, Idaho, the folk-rocking Olin and the Moon will kick off a Wednesday residency at Casbah...House of Blues hosts reggae royalty the Wailers’ Revolution Tour...and the Loft at UCSD opens the new semester in jazzy fashion, featuring pianoman Danny Green and his quartet, with special guests Tokyo Chan. Sayonara.
— Barnaby Monk