Clozz-zz-zzed for Thanksgiving. Tryptophantastic, I’m tired.
Need to get your groove on and work off a couple extra holiday ell bees? Well, shine up your skids, kids, because funky soul brother Karl Denson and his Tiny Universe crash into Belly Up for two nights of jazz-funk dance jams. Denson is a major player in the acid labs of jazzy crossbreeding, honing his horning and vocal chops with San Diego staples the Greyboy Allstars and touring and recording with the likes of rockers Lenny Kravitz and Steve Winwood, bass-slapping rapper Meshell Ndegeocello, and, most recently, top-shelf jazz-funk trio Soulive on the v. recommendable Melvin Sparks tribute Spark! Denson’s most recent outing with Tiny Universe, 2009’s Brother’s Keeper, should be a reliable preview of the weekend’s proceedings, bringing Motown to yo town for two nights of hollah!.... Else: House of Blues stages Poway pop-punk four-piece Unwritten Law, touring in support of last year’s crit-hit comebacker Swan. Versus the World and F.O.A. will open the show...right ’round the bend, Southern hip-hop hit Gucci Mane’s at 4th&B behind his latest, The Return of Mr. Zone 6, which reached #18 on Billboard’s top 200, yo...from Kingston in Jamaica, Bob Marley’s big band, the Original Wailers, visits the Griffin after our own Zig Zag Jones...alt-rock acts Mayday Parade and the Maine will be over at Soma...and that Russian-flavored rockabilly riot the Red Elvises hit Hillcrest hideaway Ruby Room after a surf-rock set by Secret Samurai.
Wouldn’t be Thanksgiving weekend without a visit from L.A.’s best-known barroom rockers the Blasters. Phil Alvin and his four-piece have a new dilly out in Fun on Saturday Night, a blues-rock collection that dabbles in “country, bluegrass, and even mariachi.” Hit up the interweb for Alvin’s duet with Exene Cervenka on the Johnny and June classic “Jackson.” The Blasters go off at Casbah Saturday night, and with Bill Cardinal and the Canyon Band as appetizer, you are sure to get your rock-o-mended daily allowance of greazy beats.... Best of the rest has Los Angeleno “rockabilly power trio” the Rocketz hitting up the Shakedown with our own Hard Fall Hearts...Portland psych-rockers Black Pussy turning up at Eleven...and from SacTown, “horrocore hip-hopper” Brotha Lynch Hung will take the mic at Porter’s Pub at UCSD. Didn’t even know horrorcore hip-hop was a thing.
Soda Bar stages Akron/Family percussion cat Dana Buoy. Buoy (née Janssen) is out to tout this summer’s summery Summer Bodies, a collection of Caribbean riddims, tropicalia, and bass-heavy reggaeton, according to Consequence of Sound, which graded the disc a respectable three out of five hot-pink stars. Speaking of hot-pink stars, Delicate Steve headlines these sets. For more on him and his, hit up Will Crain’s Of Note. Lo-fi locals Idyll Wild are also on the bill.... British hard-rock band UFO lands at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick. The foursome, fronted by 1969 originals Phil Mogg and Andy Parker, with American shredder Vinnie Moore on guitar and keyboardist Paul Raymond (Savoy Brown), this year released their 20th studio set, Seven Deadly, about which Rebecca Miller of Metal Temple writes, “Not contented to sit back on their laurels, the band continues to produce high-quality rock albums.” There it is. Taz Taylor up first.... A little farther up the 5, jazz guitarists Mundell Lowe and Jack Petersen will front Rob Thorsen on bass and Jim Plank at the traps in Dizzy’s new digs at P.B. Jet Ski on Mission Bay Drive. I pulled off and took a peek inside the other day. Great-looking space.
Eric Howarth and his Daydream Nation Presents are back in town, after a brief stint in Silver Lake, and will deliver Three Mile Pilot to the Griffin before the indie-rock innovators head off to Europe and points beyond behind their recent reunion records The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten (2010) and Maps (2012). Vampires open the show.... Belly Up hosts a KPBS/SDSU taping of their new show, Live at the Belly Up! The flyer I’m looking at says that you should be prepared to “show off your dance moves on TV to the tunes of the B-Side Players, the Devastators, and Maren Parusel.”
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, punk-rawk three-piece Off with Their Heads will take down the Shakedown Tuesday night. The trio recently signed to Epitaph for the release of the road warriors’ first mid-major In Desolation, which the label lauds for its “fist-pumping singalongs...in the vein of the Bronx and Against Me.” A’ight. French Exit and Dan Padilla up first.... SISU (pronounced “see-soo”) is a lo-fi electro-pop five-piece featuring Sandra Vu, who also plays drums in Dum Dum Girls. The L.A. up-and-comers will play Casbah with protopunk tourmates Gothic Tropic and our own goth-pop Tropical Popsicle. The tropics are in this year.... West Coast rapper Dom Kennedy has the mic at House of Blues behind his latest, Yellow Album. I’m unfamiliar, but I found this in XXLMag (they know rap): “Yellow showcases Kennedy’s laid back yet engaging flow. Though not his strongest work to date, the release reminds that Kennedy has what it takes to make him an ambassador for the New West.” An ambassador!
Humpnight in a nutshell: Canada band Whitehorse rides into Soda Bar after Nena Anderson and her Mules. Whitehorse is a husband-and-wife duo that deals in adventurous indie-folk on its s/t debut. Dave Good Of Noted Ms. Anderson, if you want to flip or click to that for the low-down on the lady’s eclectic tendencies.... San Diego’s sassiest soul sister Lady Dottie dons her Diamonds out at Gallagher’s in O.B...“local facemelters” Wha? rattle cavities at Casbah after Bugs and Octagrape...and rock ’n’ soul SDMA winners Robin Henkel Band will bring some hootin’ and hollerin’ to ArtLab in Norml Heights. (Shaddup, Typo Patrol, it’s intentionl.)
— Barnaby Monk