Gonzo guitarist Ben Chasny gathered his Comets on Fire cohorts for this year’s Drag City doozie Ascent. Under the Six Organs of Admittance moniker, and “with a full band of astronaughties in tote,” Chasny lets his freak fly a little higher by lightening the load of Comets’ bang-bang for propulsive guitar rock.
SOoA sets up at Casbah tonight behind Comets on Fire’s Utrillo Kushner’s retro-pop project Colossal Yes and our own lo-fi experimentalist Jeans Wilder for what promises t’be something to see at the Middletown mainstay.... The dark heart of Americana, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, will belly up to the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Since his days with the Blasters, X, and the Knitters, wielding an aggro axe and a poet’s pen, Alvin has brought balls and brains to roots rock like no one else. Last year’s Yep Roc set Eleven Eleven stands as testament to Alvin’s longevity and all-in barroom bravado.... Else: experimental punx Batwings swing into Bar Pink with Boyfrndz, Feuding Fathers, and Hot Nerds...and El Dorado downtown has the synth-meets-soul Hills Like Elephants. Solo rock ’n’ roller Tim Lowman, aka Low Volts, plugs in first.
Wordsmith Saul Williams will take the mic at the San Diego Woman’s Club behind last year’s Columbia collection Volcanic Sunlight, an “industrial hip-hop” set that shows Saul’s got a penchant for funk via Beasties-style beats and some soft-pop, too. Get to saulwilliams.com and screen the video for TVOTR-esque raver “Explain My Heart”....
Miss the door at the Woman’s Club, down Fifth a bit, San Diego psych-soul outfit Pilots land at Tin Can Alehouse with Animal Eyes, Fanno Creek, and Shiva Trash.... Indie-rockers Soft Pack will celebrate a homecoming and preview next week’s release of Strapped, due to drop Tuesday via the hot-as-Mexican-summer Mexican Summer label. Heavy Hawaii splits the bill at Casbah.... The Count Basie Orchestra — ’scuse, please — the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra checks into Little Italy supper club Anthology for two nights of brass bap ’n’ zabadoo didlee doo. That’s scat writing. S’pposed to emulate big-band jazz.... Stuck Uptown, you’re not stuck at all, as Styletones bring the rock ’n’ soul dance jams to NoPark hotspot Bar Pink...and Tower turns up garage-punk Hoodrats, Shiva Trash, and Last Years for a night of beery debauchery.
The SD Velo Vixens will host a Bike the Boulevard on Saturday, so if you’re up for a pub pedal, check it: meetup.com/sdvelovixens. There’s going to be a kickball game and a pool party. Looks like tons of fixie fun....
Go home, shower, and get to a gig. This gig: Oklahoma City’s Broncho rides into Soda Bar with the old-school punk ’n’ roll (Ramones, Stooges, Big Star...Cheap Trick?) off of this year’s Can’t Get Past the Lips. The LP clocks in at an A.D.D.-friendly 20 minutes and cooks the whole time. As I type comma I’m listening to and loving “I Don’t Wanna Be Social.” Check it: bronchoband.com/video/. Lovely Bad Things and Bad Weather California up first.... Udderwise: dream-pop duo Azure Ray takes the stage at the Irenic in North Park...punk-pop throwbacks Sculpins are doing a CD-release thing at Eleven...L.A. punkabilly band Don Juan y Los Blancos joins the Widows, Savage Gospel, and Last Years [sic] Heros [sic] to fill a bill at Til-Two...Jamaican Grammy-winning dancehall and reggae singer Sean Paul will be at 4th&B with this year’s Tomahawk Technique...Calabrese (“Quite simply, the world’s greatest horror punk band”) takes down the Shakedown with Pass the Axe and Some Kind of Nightmare...and a friend of Snoop D-o-double-g, Mac Lucci, raps at Porter’s Pub at UCSD. He’s half of Snoop’s group the Hustle Boyz.
Blue-eyed soul brothers Hall & Oates (“Rich Girl,” “Maneater,” “She’s Gone”) will be at Harrah’s Rincon out there at the Open Sky Theater in Valley Center. Dishing up sweet radio treats from the ’70s and ’80s, these guys are celebrating 40 years of touring and recording together. Take the moms.... Another guy who’s been to the rodeo a few times, Kris Kristofferson (“Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night”), comes to town, as Belly Up books “an evening with” the countryfried singer/songwriter.... Old-school Sunday continues in town, as Vegas staple Tony Bennett croons classic jazz and pop hits at Humphreys by the Bay.... Chicago alt-rock duo Local H plays Casbah behind this year’s Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, a grungy double-record set that dropped on Tuesday.... And tropical-pop big band Red Pony Clock clops into Eleven after Mandarin Dynasty.
“So, a folk singer and a electro-bassist walked into a bar in Halifax...” From Toronto, synthpop trio Dragonette lands at Belly Up in advance of the new-wave nodding Bodyparts, due to drop tomorrow. Mixmasters the Knocks, from New York City, open the show.... Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer hits House of Blues with the Grand Theft Orchestra. The band is touring in support of this year’s alt-pop cabaret collection Theatre Is Evil. Will Crain’s “Of Note” on Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign is recommended reading. File under “food for thought”.... Swedish post-punk quartet the Holograms appear at Soda Bar with girl-garage supergroup Teenage Burritos (Christmas Island, Cowabunga Babes) and George Costanza’s architect alter-ego Art Vandelay spinning’round sets.
The first lady of blues-rock, Bonnie Raitt, will play Humphreys by the Bay behind this year’s v. recommendable set Slipstream. Our own Alan Segal gave a nice write-up on the record in our “On the Record”: sandiegoreader.com/news/on-record/.... Best of the rest: Buckcherry gets Lit at 4th&B...Eleven has Kitty Plague (don’t worry, it’s not serious)...and you can see and hear Just Like Jenna at the Griffin. Oh, mah gahd.
Commune Wednesdays presents Cuckoo Chaos and Bruin at Soda Bar. CW’s grass-roots dealio is an effort to keep the ciggie biggies out of the clubs and away from the kids. This is something we should all get with: http://jointhecommune.com.... That Rodriguez gig sold out Casbah pretty quick...but there’s a Citizen Cope show (soul-rock singer/songer Clarence Greenwood) down at House of Blues...nu-jazz guitarist Pat Metheny jacks in at Anthology...and up at the Belly Up, bossa nova babydoll and multiple Grammy-nominee Bebel Gilberto will take the Solana Beach stage with her Rio trio.