Tin Can Ale House stages SanFran big band Still Flyin’ tonight. The conductor of this shape-shifting collective is Sean Rawls, whose song “Never Gonna Touch the Ground” has become a rallying cry for the 15-or-so-member traveling troupe. Their latest studio take is called “A Party in Motion,” which is pretty much a statement of purpose for Still Flyin’s “spiritual members.” Lifted this from the Wik: “When asked in interviews about influences, Rawls has consistently mentioned Matthew McConaughey, whom the band regards as a lifestyle role model.” Don’t laugh, there’re way worse lifestyle role models than that guy. FYI: it’s going to get clammy in the Bankers Hill bar, so bust out them jorts and tanks, kids. Conceptus, American Males, and Idyllwild open the show.... Else: PacNW rock ’n’ rollers Fred and Toody Cole, aka Dead Moon, aka Pierced Arrows, hit Soda Bar behind last year’s Descending Shadows. Goth-punk Seattle act Don’t is up first...swamp-blues city boy John Wayne Bro rides into El Dorado with our own Pilots and DJ Brian Karscig.... Sub Pop four-piece Poor Moon (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) shines on Casbah with Seattle songsmith Grant Olsen’s Gold Leaves...it’ll be a bona fide barroom rock-roll show at the Shakedown when OC trio Stealth by Starlight meets Scottie “Mad Dog” Blinn’s new joint Black Market III at the Midway punk club...northa town, you got cabaret pop by Canadian Patrick Watson at the Loft at UCSD...while across campus at Ché Café, “the artist formerly known as French Quarter,” Stephen Steinbrink, headlines sets by Emperor X, Mandarin Dynasty, and Soft Salad...and American-Israeli gypsy punks Balkan Beat Box visit Belly Up behind this year’s Mediterranean-flavored hip-hopper Give.
Hit up a happy hour Friday after werk, as Humphreys Backstage serves up cheap eats and drinks with your RDA of “country rawk ’n’ tonk” by Rio Peligroso. Rennie adds, “We’ll have our groovy new Rio P. T-shirts on sale.” Sizes washboard to double-x beer belly. That dilly’s from 5 to 7p....
At club o’clock, sisters Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady, best known as Coco Rosie, roll into Belly Up behind their latest freaky-folky Sub Pop set Grey Oceans. This show features backing band Tez and the Rajasthan Roots and an opening set by New Orleans hip-hop hit Sissy Nobby.... One-time Mars Voltan Ikey Owens and his sextet Free Moral Agents visit their jazz-funk fusion on the Griffin after Room E, Hawk Jones, St. Cloud Sleepers, and Wild Pack of Canaries.... Utter mentionables: Jason Cruz & the Howl (Strung Out) will take down the Shakedown with Shaky Leg & the Teardrops and the Trash Monsters...country skrunk Unknown Hinson (Squidbillies) hits Casbah after like-minded locals Low Volts...while Diana Death’s other other band the Very joins Snakesuit and DJ Robin Roth to conjure a Club Pussy Galore at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.
Los Angelino electropop duo LMFAO (“Loving My Friends and Others” wink) brings the party to the Valley View Casino Center Saturday night. Redfoo and SkyBlu are the progeny of Motown founder/record producer Berry Gordy and they are having one helluva run with this “Party Rock” thing. It’s infectious. Loathe to admit I’ve caught that bug at a few weddings. Drop a needle anywhere on last year’s Sorry for the Party Rock and watch what happens. Sickness. L.A. hip-hop quartet Far East Movement (FOJB — friends of Justin Bieber) will get the arena bouncin’....
Can’t hang? The Albanian-American rapper (and one-time NY gourmet chef) Action Bronson’s at Porter’s Pub behind this year’s Saab Stories...blues-rock guitarist Rick Derringer (“Hang on Sloopy,” “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”) rides into Ramona’s Mainstage after the Roni Lee Group and Black Market III...hard-rock throwbacks Circa and Deeper Purple play Brick by Brick...and there’re a coupla good gigs in Little Italy, as “virginish” comedian Paula Poundstone has the floor at Anthology — she kills on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!...but you’ll find me at 98 Bottles, where SD trumpeteer Gilbert Castellanos is taking a Lee Morgan tribute into the Kettner club’s back room. Morgan’s Blue Note side from 1963, The Sidewinder, is a must-have for fans of the soul-jazz brand. The title track is pure groove, babies.
Casbah sends NYC rocksteady ska band the Slackers to Belly Up Sunday night. The sextet’s touring in support of its latest revivalist record, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, which also nods at Stax-style soul and roots reggae. It’s going to be skamania in the Solana Beach bar, as the Delirians and Ottly Mercer fill the bill.
Soda Bar sets up Aussie singer/songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke with local indie act Archery for the Blind. Ms. Miller-Heidke is a classically trained vocalist/musician who prefers alt-pop to opera, apparently.
She’s out to tout this year’s Nightflight, which draws comparisons to smart-pop peers Bat for Lashes and Kate Bush. Tag words such as “ornamental” and “choral” give me pause, but the lady’s got some pipes: myspace.com/katemillerheidke.... Chicago punk-pop four-piece the Downtown Struts’ debut Victoria! has hints of Midwestern ’Mats rock in its new-school punk (Green Day, blink), which is a twist I can get with. Openers Your Arsenal and the Getdown make this a kill triple-bill at the Shakedown. Monday is the new Thursday. Tell your friends the Crawler says so.
It’s Mattson 2uesday at the El Dorado downtown. The surf-jazz siblings will have “reso-phonic” blues guitarist Ben Powell onboard for this one.... Belly Up books local up-and-comers Short Eyes (“dirt pop”) and Immovable Objects (“instrumental rock”).... And them country-fried rockers from Colorado, the Yawpers, will scream that barbaric thang at Eleven. The trio’s touring in support of its new Savage Blue, a five-song EP that sports more’n a little Jagger swagger.
It’ll be back to Normal Heights Wednesday night when X man John Doe takes the stage at Soda Bar. Mr. Doe’s got a new one in solo Yep Roc set Keeper, about which “punk rock’s golden throat” says, “I finally figured out how to write a love song where the people actually get loved.” Good on ya, John. Nena Anderson & the Mules open the show.... Best of the rest has House of Blues hosting Aussie indie-rockers Temper Trap with San Diego fuzz-pop duo Crocodiles, which last week dropped their first on the Frenchkiss label, Endless Flowers.
— Barnaby Monk