All crawlers need some cheese in their nightlife diet, and Little Italy supper club Anthology will be serving up a killer block of aged cheddar when it stages “Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of James Bond.” Yes way. Boston-based pianist Ted Howe & Company will “swizzle and sizzle, reinventing the beloved music from the James Bond legacy to skyrocket you through decades of classics — no need for an ejector seat or gadget from Q.” Eesh. Anyway, the evening’s selections (top secret, of course) will feature vocalists Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer and L.A. jazz staple Sweet Baby J’ai.... Follow your cheese with some greazy treats right down the street at Casbah, where Avalon Tattoo celebrates another year of inking you up, SanDago, with barroom rock by Makeup Sex, Los Loaded Saints, Focke Wolves, and Grampa Drew.... Stuck-up town — I mean, stuck uptown and feel like banging your cabeza, TJ hardcore hits Days of Struggle will take the stage at Ché Café after SoCal straightedgers OnexChoice.
Soda Bar sets up L.A.’s ’60s garage-rock throwbacks the Sloths and “wild-primitive” R&B band the Shag Rats with like-minded locals the Loons.
The Sloths came together around Beverly Hills High grad Michael Rummins (’62–’66), whose classmates included Richard Dreyfuss and Albert Brooks. Lots of solid info on Chas Kit’s garagehangover.com, if you want to click on that for the fat. With hometown mod-rock quartet New Kinetics setting it up, this one’s a hard bill to beat Friday night.... But: SD’s soulful R&B supergroup the Amandas pull into Whistle Stop...House of Blues has Mates of State, which Will Crain broke down for you in one of his always-efficient Of Notes...from Chapel Hill, NC, Volcom stoner-rockers Valient Thorr invade Casbah...Pearl Jam cover band Vitalogy plays Anthology...and longtime local alt-rock faves Irradio plug in at the Griffin. The indie kids of Long Live Logos and One I Red will set it up at the Bay Park bar.
Casbah books Poway punks and Vans Warped Tour vets Unwritten Law. I’m looking at it from less than a week away and can’t believe one of the Big Three of SD hasn’t sold out the Middletown rock spot. Maybe it’s all those M words tagging last year’s Swan — mature, mellow, emo. Whatever, Unwritten Law is arresting live and with the hard-rocking Audio Addiction opening the show, this is the gig to get to Saturday night....
Else: Dave Good gives you the goods on the Bass Drum of Death gig in this week’s Of Notes. The Fat Possum garage-rock duo will follow DZ Deathray and Wild Wild Wets at Soda Bar...deep-crate diggers the Marshmallow Men deliver Nuggets-era rock to Tower Bar...sister club Til-Two has Napoleon Complex...and House of Blues hosts hard-rocking tributes Bonfire, Fan Halen, and Red Not Chili Peppers.
Casbah presents a matinee on Sunday (3p), with an acoustic show by the Silent Comedy, slow-fi trio Little White Teeth, Pinback’s Rob Crow, and Stephen Rey and friends...which is happening around the same time the Brightside pool party at the Lafayette will be going off with Brother Grim (aka Silent Comedy). Huh, sounds as if someone’s booking agent got a lil’ carried away. Call clubs for the new laws of physics....
Sunday night’s way simpler: the House of Blues hosts the Harley Davidson 2nd annual rockabilly-and-ribs riot, featuring that psychobilly savior from Corpus Christi, Reverend Horton Heat! Blaster Dave Alvin! and the self-proclaimed “greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world,” the motherf!!!ing Supersuckers! Exclamation point!
“The Faroe Islands make up an archipelago situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland.” The Faroese are descendants of Gaelic hermits and monks. Kewl. Singer/songwriter Marius is Faroese. He’s from there, and he’ll be entertaining at the Tin Can Ale House Monday night. You should go and ask him what it’s like to come from a place where there’s more sheeps than peeps. Seattleites Autumn Electric plug in first.... Udderwise: blues-rock four-piece the Filthy Violets bloom Anti-Monday style at Casbah...and “the three-headed monster of Austin” Spray Paint tags Soda Bar after Bagdad and Shiva Trash. Cuz Facebook’s such a reliable ref: “Spray Paint are a pretty amazing band from Tejas who play blocky garage distorto-rock.” (Tejas is Texas.)
Prog-pop three-piece Tall Ships drift into Belly Up after New Shoes Old Socks and the Wagon, filling a locals-only billing on the Solana Beach stage.... It is Mattson 2uesday downtown at El Dorado, and Ben Powell’s onboard with the “surf-jazz” siblings.... Denver big band Paper Bird alights at Soda Bar after High Rolling Loners and Abe West. Paper Bird’s a baroque, indie-folk octet that “consists of three female singers accompanied by banjo, guitar, stand-up bass, and trombone,” according to the Soda site.
Not another avant-pop act from Brooklynnnnn... Extra Life comes with some pedigree and a wicked unique warbler in Charlie Looker, who had stints in Zs and Dirty Projectors. Stereogum has ’em on its Bands to Watch list, calling out Looker’s “entrancing post-punk throat singing.” The three-piece will plant this year’s well-received Dream Seeds at Tin Can Ale House after Vaginals and Corima. Big bill for the little bar, you might want to roll in early, enjoi some Doods Foods.... Best of the rest has that Twilight Singers/Polyphonic Spree/Gutter Twins group My Jerusalem at Soda Bar behind last year’s folksy sleeper Gone for Good...and New Brunswick punks Bouncing Souls will hit the stage at House of Blues behind this year’s Comet. Blammo.
— Barnaby Monk