America’s Finest! Where punk rockers wear Dockers! SoCal punk perennials Total Chaos hit Brick by Brick with them drunkin’ punkin’ idiots D.P.I. and Social Spit spinning a maelstrom of a pit. Rob Chaos and Co. are out to tout last year’s Concrete Jungle comebacker, Battered and Smashed — hardcore with a healthy dose of Oi! And with the GOP heating up and melting down, the stage is set for some Total Chaos punk-rock politiking.... Italian alt-metal band Klogr (pronounced kay-log-are) turns up at Eleven behind their brand-spanking new platter, Till You Decay, a concept record based on society’s desire to “control us, judge us, condition us, and ultimately suffocate us.” That’s a spicy meatball.... Stuck Uptown, you got blues-punk SDMA winners (Best Ronk Ablum for I Am the Horn) Irradio at Soda Bar...pop-roots five-piece the Secret Seven will disclose their identities at Bar Pink with H.A. Perkins, who released their surf-y, psych-pop set Celebration late last year...and Whistle Stop’s Makeout Weird hoodoo will feature Scott Caligure’s gEars with DJs Ego War and Mnstrpsy, and fine aht by Dabbers Zack and Shelby Wentz.
Mexitronica mover and shaker Camilo Lara and his Mexican Institute of Sound machines will fill the Loft at UCSD with Lara’s fusion of trad Latin fare (cumbia, norteño, mambo), electronica, and hip-hop. Lara’s record collection tips the scales at over 45,000 platters — “I don’t have a girlfriend, but I have my records,” says the music archaeoligist/sound collagist. MIS will this year release Politico, the follow-up to 2009’s crit hit Soy Sauce....
The O.C.’s premier stoner-rock ’stache Fu Manchu hangs down at Casbah Friday night, where they’ll wrap up a tour in support of the re-release of 1996 essential In Search of... The “Fu’s news” suggests there’s a shows-only disc at the merch booth, The Covers record, for you completists. With 16 and the Archons setting this one up, that’s a long night of LOUD, so you might want to put something pretty in your earholes. Your girlfriends’ studded tongues?... Best of the rest: downtown, there’ll be a solo acoustic Dashboard Confessional dealio at House of Blues. I think one of the Of Noters covered that for ya...while ’80s radio staple Pat Travers turns out the lights at 4th&B after Viva Halen and Taz Taylor...Uptown, Soda Bar sets up an Art Fag showcase, featuring Tearist with Blouse, Divers, and DJ Mario Orduno. According to the LA Weekly, “Tearist could very well be the most crucial musical project to come out of Los Angeles in recent years” Gospel...down the street from the Soda, Jet Kill Radio plugs in at Eleven with Killing Bees...while up at the Ché Café, Thou, the Body, Crime Desire, Age of Collapse, and Ficciones fill a many-metals bill at the campus collective. You got your sludge, your doom, your drone, your stone, your death...pretty much every alloy metal music has to offer.
Ten years of Earthless. YFW! For more than a decade, Mario, Mike, and Isaiah have been doling generous dollops of instrumental cosmic rock in the 92103 and beyond. To celebrate, the sonic spacemen will touch down at Casbah with Strangers Family Band, Joy, and Electric Healing Sound to blow your earholes, while the Operation:Mindblow cats work their liquid light majik on your eyeholes....
Not avant garde enough for you? Well, you’re in luck, Timothy Zappa, as the San Diego Experimental Guitar Show is back at Soda Bar and featuring all your favorite six-string freakers — Rob Crow, Jon Calzo, Bill Wesley, Sam Lopez, Bill Orcutt, Aaron Legrow, and the infamous League of Assholes. Flip or click to this week’s “Blurt” for the full poop.... Else: master Blaster and consummate showman Dave Alvin’s at the AMSDconcerts spot...the hard-rocking little-big band Revenge Death Ball bounces into Shakedown for the release of their new CD, It’s an Attack...for your RDA of head-banging and hip-shaking, dynamic duo Gloomsday plays Tin Can Ale House...garage punx the Mexico City Rollers will be rolling into Eleven with Tucson trio Shark Pants, yup, Shark Pants...that punk’d R&B one-man band Chango Rey will be dropping his new disc at Tower Bar...while punk-pop O’siders Sic Waiting take the Ken with good-times Esco crew the Getdown — “We’re tighter than Carmen Electra in plastic wrap.” Their ref’s a little dated, but you get the gist.
With the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot round about ten years ago, Chicago alternative act Wilco assumed from the similarly self-made and folk-rockie REM the mantle of Great American Band. I get paid cash money to pay attention to crap like that, and I’ve been hard-pressed to find any recording/touring outfit that even comes close to their level of artistic intent and success. In the decade since YHF’s wake-up call to commercial airwaves and another five blocks of cheddar, including the commercial/critical hit A Ghost Is Born, the accessible but searing Sky Blue Sky, and this year’s very recommendable Whole Love, Wilco’s genre-bending, expectation-defying artistry continues to rock my tube socks. Jeff Tweedy and this generation’s Great American Band will be at Copley Symphony Hall to make my case....
That said, I do not dismiss the wicked pissah three-she–fronted shoo-bop doo-wop-pop Damselles and the TC4 show at Soda Bar...the Roots Factory’s two-year anniversary fundraiser at Casbah...and/or guitar god Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Kansas) at Belly Up...I’m just sayin’...
Back to Belly Up Monday night, as Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Blowout blows onto the Solana Beach stage. It’s going to be a Little Walter tribute this year, and it features John Mayall, Billy Boy Arnold, Curtis Salgado, Sugar Ray Norcia, Little Charlie Baty, and Billy Flynn. If you’ve never been, blues fan, these shows cook.
Coupla mentionables Tuesday night, as KC indie-rock trio the Life and Times plays Casbah after Makeup Sex. Life and Times, which has toured with SD indie hits Pinback, last week dropped full-length No One Loves You Like I Do...and Louisville hardcore hits Xerxes will play the Ché with the Code Orange Kids and Sleepwalk.
Humpnight highlights: Leo Nocentelli brings the Meters Experience to Anthology. As a founding member of the legendary Meters, guitarist-songsmith Nocentelli is a forefather of Nawlins funk, making dat the gig to get to Wednesday night...South Park hot spot Whistle Stop and the Commune Wednesday crew will dig the indie Ditches this week. Black Hondo up first...and from Austin in Texas, the Creamers will spill it at Shakedown. This quartet fronts a “Big Boys & the Dicks vibe with the thick sauce. Helmet & bib rentals available.” I dunno, I was hoping you could tell me.
— Barnaby Monk