Highwayman Billy Don Burns rides into town to highjack the Shakedown stage on Thursday. Burns has produced albums and written songs for country luminaries Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, and Johnny Paycheck. His last collection of outlaw country, Nights When I’m Sober: Portrait of a Honky Tonk, dropped in July and got “two guns up” from Rusty Knuckles, a fringe blog spot that thrives on all things country: motors, music, and moonshine. Bill Cardinal & the Canyon Band and the Freight Shakers rattle in first....
Brazilian beatsmith Amon Tobin’s down at House of Blues. The electronic artist is out to tout last year’s ISAM, a psych-drone sampler that abandons Tobin’s m.o. of breakbeat jazz and introduces his, um, voice for the first time.... Soda Bar sets up the Krass Bros., led by “master keyboard funkologist” Mark Boyce, with Tori Roze & the Hot Mess and the Darrows.... Little Owl and Little Fowl alight tonight a couple blocks down El Cajon at Eleven. Little Owl’s a Santa Barbara band that “vibes hard on synths and nature.” Little Fowl’s a local product of the barroom-rocking Americanus breed.... Else: Ride the Sun, Bella Novella, and Machines Learning fill an alt-rock bill at Tin Can Alehouse....while O.C. soul-pop outfit Suedehead joins our own Styletones to unstiffen the Griffin with booty-goosing dance jams.
From Portland in Oregon, experimental indie-rock duo Menomena plays Casbah behind this month’s Barsuk batch Moms, a manic and personal cursing-out of all things familially dysfunctional.
By Menomena standards, this one’s less loopy, more cohesively rocking, and, yuh, musical than most of their back stack. Though I appreciate the artistry behind what they do, I’ve never been a huge fan, and the irresistible Moms has me second-guessing some of them sell-backs. Nu-math electro trio PVT open the show, making this the gig to get to this weekend.... Best of the rest Friday night finds Stevie Ray’s big brother Jimmy Vaughan doing the blues at Anthology with San Diego staple Candye Kane...SoCal punk perennials Decry and hipster-hating hardcores Neverland Ranch Hands (“Complicated Haircuts,” “Scenester Trash”) take down the Shakedown...the Griffin books an electropop three-way with TV Girl, Clockart, and Baby Buffalo...while Hillcrest hideaway Ruby Room stages Russian rock-rollers the Red Elvises with Tarantino tribute Ninja Kitty Bang Bang...salty horror punks Zombie Surf Camp take over Tower Bar after the garage-rocking Schitzophonics and Gone Baby Gone...And it’ll be get-real time at Humphreys, as political comic and social satirist Bill Maher serves up some election-seasoned food for thought. Maher’s “New Rules” rule: “If there’s one place God should not be, it’s on money. One is a supreme, all-powerful entity that Americans worship above all else. And the other is God.”
The Adams Avenue Street Fair takes the Uptown thoroughfare between Normal Heights and Kensington for two days of brews, food, and henna tattoos. Buncha great music, too. Get the lineup here: adamsavenuebusiness.com/Schedule. And re-read Dave Good’s preview on the t’do’s reunion sets: sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/sep/05/blurt.... If yer still vertical after all that, country skrunks Nick Bone & the Big Scene and Behind the Wagon roll into Bar Pink...gutter-punk five-piece Hollywood Hate (featuring ex–Verbal Abuse, –Electric Frankenstein, and –Total Chaos) take the Tower with Neverland Ranch Hands...“slow, dark, and bluesy” San Diego band Heart Beat Trail’s at Eleven with Uniform Victor...the folk-rocking Denver trio Lumineers light up House of Blues behind this year’s s/t Dualtone debut disc...another Denver band, DeVotchKa, will play Casbah behind this year’s gypsy punk’d 100 Lovers...while northa town, you got acid-jazz jams from Greyboy Allstars at the Belly Up in Solana Beach...and the School of Rock will be schoolin’ UCSD on the “Best of the ’90s” (“Weezer, Nirvana, Breeders, Jane’s Addiction, Mazzy Star, and more” debatables) at Porter’s Pub.
Olympia, Washington pop-punk four-piece RVIVR will play the Ché Café on Sunday. The boy-girl band’s 2010 debut has a Thermals thing I like a lot and has me looking forward to this fall’s follow-up. Eskera, You Me and Us, and Beside Myself set ’em up.... Little farther up the 5, “the Genius” GZA’s rocking the mic at Belly Up. The Brooklyn hip-hop hit and former Wu-Tanger will perform his certified-gold solo set Liquid Swords in its entirety. OutKast rapper Killer Mike is also on the bill.... Them life-changing pop-makers the Shins are sure to pack the Open Air Theatre at SDSU behind this year’s effort, Port of Morrow, after an opening band with an unfortunate name, Washed Out.
Couldn’t make the Ché show on Sunday, fret not, punky, RVIVR plays Eleven on Monday. But and however, there’re no opening acts listed yet, and the bar’s got the gig listed at eight clams. Call the club for deets....
Right up the road, Soda Bar sets up indie-folk trio Spring Standards with Austin’s “cosmic American musicians” the Lonesome Heroes.... U.K. alt-pop act the Wombats land at House of Blues with This Modern Glitch, a set of “gleefully cynical dance-rock.” Not sure what that means, but I see a lot of Damon Albarn and Blur comparisons.
“The 40-year career of the English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe constitutes a paradox: the songs he has written are better known than he is” (New York Times, 2011). It’s true. Other than “Cruel to Be Kind,” the British songsmith’s best known by the artists who mine his sides. Lowe wrote the Elvis Costello hit “Peace, Love, and Understanding” as well as one of my Cash faves, “The Beast in Me.” Lowe will grace the stage at Belly Up behind last year’s Yep Roc set The Old Magic.... Else: London symphonic-rock act Wolf Gang attacks Casbah with Suego Faults...while drag-strip rockers Stephen Rey & the Sex Trash hit El Dorado downtown with Crash & the Burns. Crash & the Burns may or may not be ex–Dirty Sweet, I dunno, no one tells me nothin’.
L.A. indie kids Grouplove got a late add to this season’s things at Humphreys. The pop-rock quintet is riding a seasonal swell with the summery songs off the jingletastic Never Trust a Happy Song. Just from what I’ve heard on the iPod ads, I’m sure they put on a dandy, dancey show.... And alsos: from Spain, industrial-metal act Larva stacks ’em up at Brick by Brick behind this year’s El Dia Dela Peste...Blood Red Shoes step into Casbah after Hills Like Elephants. One of the Of Noters Of Noted that show for you...and Tin Can Alehouse will fill an art-damaged bill with Sleeping Peeps Kenseth & Brandon, Passengers (featuring our raddist percussionist Nathan Hubbard), and sound sculptor Marcelo Radulovich.
— Barnaby Monk