Southwest desert rockers Calexico import the brass, bap, and twang of mariachi, which informs sprawling, country-tuned guitar movements that are filmic, even without the film. Maybe especially without the film. I have seen them described as “desert noir,” which worked fine until this year’s Algiers. Recording in New Orleans, the Tucson duo explored more internal terrains and delivered what one reliable reviewer wrote off as “confessional pop.” I have yet to give Algiers that headphone listen, but it doesn’t matter, as the earlier records (Black Light, Hot Rail, Feast of Wire) make up the bulk of the Calexico experience, which is an engaging, entrancing experience. With a side of hot sauce. The always excellent SanFran indie-folk band the Dodos open the show, certifying this Belly Up bill as the gig to get to this week....
Else: House of Blues hosts Weezer teasers Geezer and Sub Pop hip-hop hits Macklemore & Ryan Lewis playing a Revenge of the Nerds costume party...while the Rock ’n’ Roll Preservation Society, under the auspices of DJs Heather Hardcore, Diana Death, and Kylee Mayer, continues to (Triumph voice on) fight the good fight every moment (Triumph voice off) at Til-Two.
“I love being me. Don’t you?” Sensual, sassy, sexy, scintillating, scatological comedienne Sandra Bernhard takes over Little Italy supper club Anthology for two nights Friday and Saturday. Ms. Bernhard’s often bawdy body of work ranges from movies and television to books and bands, and she does it all with freaky confidence and skill. Her lounge singer lingers as her glam-rock diva devours our caffeinated culture of celebrity, politics, and celebrity politics. It’s a rainy Sunday as I type this week’s thing, and I can’t think of anything I’d rather do when I’m done than watch her in King of Comedy and Without You I’m Nothing. Fortunately, I’m packing to move and these films are at hand. Unfortunately, I can’t find my VHS player.... After Sandra B’s 7:30 set, stroll on over to Casbah, which fills a locals-only bill with barroom-rocking favorites Blackout Party, Deadly Birds, Black Hondo, and Shaking Pyramid.... Miss the door in Middletown, Oklahoma skate punks They Stay Dead will take down the Shakedown with “aggro riffs, fast beats, and yelling about stuff that sucks”...Minneapolis “cosmic groovers” Night Moves deliver debut Colored Emotions to Soda Bar after Ditches and Future You...Soma sets up Irish indie-rock trio Two Door Cinema Club, touring in support of int’l chart topper Beacon...while Erik Francis Schrody aka Whitey Ford aka Everlast brings his acoustic-rap act to Belly Up after SD dirt-pop trio Short Eyes.
Looks as if our desert-dwelling R&B-rapping Gonjasufi’s finally making his way home for a one-off at Kava Lounge. Since transporting to Vegas, Sufi’s made a name dishing filthy grooves with psycho raps and a gravelly croon, backed by a couple other ex-Dago hits in Gaslamp Killer and Psychopop. Though this year’s MU.ZZ.LE is the suggested “accessible inroad” to Sufi’s work, you’d do well to start from Sufi and a Killer and take the 9th Inning EP bridge to get there. (Love that Sufi-as-the-Padre-friar logo!) Please note: Kava Lounge has this posted as a “private event,” but promoter facebook.com/killquanti/events says it’s happening and that, so far, 1291(!) guests are attending. Place holds, like, 125 people. Should be a scene.... Best of the rest: Ohio hip-hop vets Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are out to tout this year’s The Art of War III, due to drop in November. They’ll be at 4th&B...Grammy-nominated comedy rockers Green Jellÿ will play your RDA of Musick to Insult Your Intelligence By at Brick by Brick...’round the bend, Steeltown’s soul-rock sextet Rusted Root follow Canada band Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk into the Griffin...Gypsy jazz band Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays the back room at 98 Bottles in support of this year’s Walking Home...TJ gazers Electric Healing Sound plug in at Tin Can Alehouse after British psych-pop trio Dignan Porch...Social Club, H.A. Perkins, and A Scribe Amidst the Lions fill an indie-rock bill at the Ken Club...and if you’re up for a “Lyrical Ass Beating,” that Bronx-born, Jamaican-made rapper KRS-One is up at Porter’s Pub behind this year’s Just Like That.
Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López lands at Casbah behind his 22nd set (his third in an electronica trilogy released this year), Octopus Kool Aid. The prog-rock multi-instrumentalist is an effects experimentalist of the wildest kind, so measure your head before ordering. Crypts and Nina Dios set it up.... Bay Park bar Brick by Brick will host its annual Halloween Horror Show on Sunday, screening classic horror films all night and staging spook-rock acts Koffin Kats, Silver Shins, Hard Fall Hearts, and Oddball.
Seattle-based psych-droners Earth will eclipse Soda Bar with the sonic squalls off of this year’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, the softer side of last year’s volume I. Earth’s introduction of blues-based metal has earned the band some critical love and broader appeal. Rock writers seem to agree it’s because drummer Adrienne Davies is the shiznat. Stebmo and Cult of Youth are also on the bill....
Will Crain Of Noted the PiL gig at House of Blues, so flip or click there for more on that...and Swedish dance-pop duo Niki & the Dove alight at the Loft at UCSD behind this year’s hit indietronica disc Instinct.
“Music that appeals to both the thinking and the banging head.” Portland quartet Red Fang’s Murder the Mountains record is one sludgefest of heaviosity. Think Mastodon. Think Melvins. Fan of the brand? Cool. Now, forget all that, get yer mitts on Murder, pocket some ear plugs, and go to their show, which goes down at Casbah after Black Tusk, Lord Dying, and Marsupials.... Honorable mentionables: Belly Up books some greezy punk ’n’ roll treats on Tuesday, as Devil Makes Three, Jonny “Corndawg” Fritz, and Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss take the Solana Beach stage...while Dio tribute, Dio Disciples, bring their “highly regarded and officially sanctioned” thing to Brick by Brick.
Happy Halloween, Gothy McGotherson. It's a nightmare come true, as that Bauhaus batman Peter Murphy lands at 4th&B. The “Godfather of Goth” returned with Ninth last year, a less droning return to form for the undead icon. That’s for the Serious Halloweener; let’s call it “the trick”.... And “the treats”: hard-rocking hometown hits Night Marchers reunite for the night at Bar Pink, where they’ll follow fuzz-pop four-piece Mrs. Magician...blues-rock band Grace Potter & the Nocturnals hits House of Blues behind this year’s Billboard breakthrough The Lion the Beast the Beat...organ-grinding dance band the Creepy Creeps join Cramp’d, Low Volts, and Stephen Rey & the Sex Trash at Casbah...while Adam Gimbel’s Blasphemous Guitars will do a monster mash-up, covering all your cover-band needs up at Belly Up. It’s people! Candy corn is made out of people!
— Barnaby Monk