Col Abrahil and British gutter-punk pioneers GBH (grievous bodily harm) will spike the ’dos and vitriolic spews at Casbah tonight. The sociopolitikal street punks have been at it since 1978, making their mark with ’82’s City Baby Attacked by Rats, a must-have platter for any self-respecting punk rawker. And the GBH patch or T is still a badge of honor in certain circles. I’m looking at you, Newport Avenue urchins. In 2010, the stalwarts went back in-studio and brewed up Perfume and Piss, keeping ’em short and sharp but with a blues-rock bent that suits the vets just fine. Hit up “Kids Get Down” on the interweb and we’ll see you in the pit. Far From Finished, Social Spit, and Rat City Riot get it going....
Electro-instrumentalist Scott Hansen, aka Tycho, delivers last year’s breakthrough, Dive, to Belly Up. The Bay Area artist’s graphic-design past informs his compositions in their well-packaged, detail-oriented presentation of looped acoustic guitar and drums giving shape to his throwback synth washes. Recommended for fans of the down-tempo Boards of Canada brand.... Benjamin Laub says he got into music when he was a kid going to jazz clubs with his father. Now known as the Seattle-based rapper Grieves, Laub and his multi-instrumentalist partner Budo are touring in support of their second set Together/Apart, a collection of “Northwest hip-hop.” That even a thing? Catch ’em at Porters Pub at UCSD with Sol.... Else: Revenge Death Ball, California Bleeding, Deep Sea Thunder Beast, and Kodiak fill a loud-ass bill at Eleven...Soda Bar turns on electro-pop TV Girl with Kynau and Pageants...and Bar Pink serves up Super Buffet’s CD-release with Gone Baby Gone and New Kinetics as appetizers.
“Natives of the cat planet Leonid, Zoltron Monsieur and Kittytron have made fierce music together for the past three years. In between performances and preservation efforts, they enjoy taking naps.” The cat-curious couple Lion Cut will take the stage at Tin Can Ale House to release a video for their new single “Tiger Bomb,” which features “Russian dance moves, fiddle skills, and uncompromising lyrics such as: ‘Making potions so some guy can try to get a hardon/ Killing tigers is wrong/ Drop a tiger bomb.’” For more info on this Save Tigers Now benefit, check out the rest of Chad’s blog post at sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/. Rafter and Mrs. Rafter will be at the decks while the Culture Shock Dance Troupe dances ’round the room to kick things off in the Bankers Hill bar.... The noise-pop informed Duke Spirit appears at Casbah behind last year’s Bruiser, a more “straightforward rock record” for the London-based band. Opening the show is San Antone’s Americana quartet Hacienda, which under the 16 watchful eyes of Black Keys and Dr. Dog, coaxed some groove out of their Tex-Mex roots to produce Big Red & Barbacoa. That’s a solid twofer.... Eleven offers three days of Lady Fest, which has way too much for my puny page, so go to elevensd.com for the low-down on all the lady-fronted stuff.... From New Orleans, the super horny Big Sam’s Funky Nation invades Anthology Friday night. Trombonist “Big Sam” Williams is one of the founding members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, so you know this one’s gonna cook Cajun-style, y’all.... Best of the rest finds Little Barrie of Primal Scream at the Shakedown with Diamond Lies, Bloodflowers, and Bixby Knolls...the Griffin in Bay Park stages power-poppers Misspent Warhead Premise with Skyline Union and HA Perkins...while ska-revivalists the English Beat, which re-re-released “Mirror in the Bathroom” for this year’s Record Store Day, will skank up Belly Up.
Art rock’s avant-guardian Jamie Stewart and his band Xiu Xiu come to Soda Bar Saturday night behind this year’s critical hit, Always,
which the always-on-it Tiny Mix Tapes says is “a call-out to anyone with a slit wrist, a rag in their mouth, anyone who wants to die, anyone already dead, anyone who’s simply alone tonight — and then proceeds to revel, madly, in this derelict community.” Jamie Stewart writes in the back rooms of back rooms and turns the keys up thunder-loud to drown out everything. Check your inhibitions at the door. Yamantaka, Sonic Titan, and Father Murphy set it up.... Not your cup of mushroom tea? Eddie Spaghetti and the self-proclaimed “greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world,” the Supersuckers, will be down at Casbah with the Creepy Creeps and Viking Death. That should be a fun one.... Greazy beats rock-roller Roy Rapid rides into Tower Bar with Rip Carson and the Jive Bombers.... SanFran electropop band Ming & Ping (“The spiciest twins making the spiciest New Wave music!”) will play Til-Two with Mike Diva and NVR-NDR.... Saturday’s Donavon Frankenreiter dealio at Belly Up is sold out, but don’t cry, he’ll be back.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Did you see what the U.S. men’s soccer team did to Scotland last Saturday? The Tartan Army got slaughtered 5-1. That really shouldn’t affect Scottish post-rockers Mogwai much. The Glaswegians, playing Belly Up Sunday night, are consummate professionals and one of the premier bands in the universe. Yes, universe. For a more informed but no less gushy take on these greats, flip or click to Will’s Of Note....
If I weren’t going to that show, I’d probably be at the Tin Can to check out Owen Ashworth’s (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) new joint, Advance Base. Pitchfork posted about the new CD, “A Shut-In’s Prayer is arguably the strongest album of Owen Ashworth’s career.” They’re talking 15 years of pretty awesome bed-sit pop. Nickolas Krgovich and Mystery Cave up first.... And alsos: Ex-Sess players Shiva Trash blow into Til-Two after Electric Healing Sound...downtempo Boise band Uzala’s out at the Tower...and Soda Bar stages Vancouver electronic artist Teen Daze with One AM Radio and Giraffage.
Surf-rock singer/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will play a Monday-nighter at Belly Up for those of you who missed the wave on Saturday. See, told you he’d be back, cry-baby.... Brooklyn indie-pop trio Hospitality hits Soda Bar behind this year’s s/t debut, out now on Merge. Clockart and Ghost Come Back (playing a CD-release) open the show.