Minneapolis was Seattle first, and Soul Asylum presaged grunge. Discuss. Nah, I don’t blame Dave Pirner for the flanneling of rock; in fact, I’m a ’uge fan, as one of my dear old pals, Mini Apple native Dave Jass (Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver), made me one. As did one of my predecessors here at the Reader, Dave Stampone. Lotta Daves... Also, there was the whole Westerberg, ’Mats, Husker Dü, Prince contingent...Seattle could’ve never been Minneapolis, just a grungy outpost. And no band matches Soul Asylum’s “unholy mix of Kiss and Hank Williams tossed under a runaway train,” imho. Well, sure, the Grifters, but where the hell are they anymore? Soul Asylum is touring in support of their first disc since ’06, the appropriately titled Delayed Reaction, which spans the gamut of many Midwestern bands — rowdy rock to stumbling drunk. They’ll be at Belly Up (sans Tommy Stinson, in case that’s a deal breaker) Thursday night. Hargo opens the show.... Peachy keen Colleen Green follows her new hook-heavy Hardly Art record, Sock It to Me, into the Void. Ms. Green’s a doll to watch, and the disc’s a charmed batch of punk’d-up girl-group sing-alongs. Brooklyn dream-pop duo Widowspeak headlines.... Else: Bar Pink books local garage groups Shake Before Us and North Beach (née Short Eyes)...heady-metal bands Joy, California 666, and Leather Nun fill a loud-ass bill at Tin Can Ale House...and Beantown’s hip-hop hit Sammy Adams takes the main stage at Soma.
Boulder-based blues rockers Big Head Todd & the Monsters have sold out their Friday night show at Belly Up. Nothing on the broker sites or Craigslist neither. Huh, who knew.... Good thing Blackout Party’s at Casbah to save your cornpone soul. “I’d say our sound is more like Southwestern swamp rock,” says frontman Brian Holwerda. Yep. And it sounds like the SDMA winners had a nice little run at this year’s SXSW. With like-minded locals Low Volts, the Hollerin’, and Crash & the Burns, you are guarenfrickinteed your recommended daily allowance of rootsy rock and roll.... Otherwise, up the big hill, the 2K13 Seoulsonic Tour lands at Tin Can Ale House, featuring electro-rock duo Goonam, blues rockers Lowdown 30, and punk-rock quartet No Brain...while across town, Soda Bar stages the “Nashville neoclassic” Kopecky Family Band after Palace Ballroom.
Hometown hits the Heavy Guilt will celebrate the release of their third CD, a s/t set that has nappy Al Howard as happy as a clam: “If this is the best record I ever make, I can die happy.” Check out Jay’s interview with the Guilt percussionist for the rest of the story on the new disc in this week’s music feature. The night’s lineup includes Little Hurricane, Dead Feather Moon, and Trouble in the Wind.... Wash the Sins Not Only the Face. British goth-pop trio Esben & the Witch will play Soda Bar behind their new Matador disc, which critics conclude has E&tW stumbling from gauzy cobwebs into post-rock territory. With psych-pop openers Heliotropes (Brooklyn) and Sundrop Electric (Sun Diego), these’ll be some heady sets.... Also uptown: dark-rock dance bands Creepy Creeps and the Widows will be at Bar Pink...and garage-punx Babysitter, Shiva Trash, and Kids in Heat are out at Tower Bar.... At Dizzy’s new digs inside Jet Ski P.B., Robin Adler & the Mutts of the Planet will play a Joni Mitchell tribute, featuring the 1972 Mitchell staple For the Roses...while a little farther north on the 5, SanFran melodic hardcore band Comadre’s at Ché Café.
It’s been a breakout year for “slacker rock” singer/songwriter Mac DeMarco, who earned a Best New Music thingy from the tastemakers at Pitchfork with this year’s Captured Tracks record 2. They laud the Canadian songsmith’s simple honesty; I dig the preening tone and jangle. Fans of the Jonathan Richman brand of pop-rock would do well to get ahold of this one. DeMarco follows Catwalk and Mothlight into the Void.... Some notable Sunday sets this week, as Bay Area folk-rocking band Thao & the Getdown Stay Down play Casbah behind this year’s well-received We the Common...Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk visits voodoo tunes on the Griffin...around the bend at Brick by Brick, L.A.-based nu-metal groovers P.D.P. deliver Mass Delusion to the Bay Park bar...while hip-hop’s Odd Future (Frank Ocean) founder Tyler, the Creator takes the mic at Porter’s Pub behind this year’s well-received Wolf.
San Dago’s favorite carny-rock quartet Silent Comedy will play an acoustic set at El Dorado downtown. The boys are just back from some sell-out dates in the U.K. I’m sure they’ll tell you all about it after Family Wagon, North Beach, and Deadly Birds. That’s a pretty killer Monday bill. Let’s quit it there.
The o-riginal alt-rock duo, Local H, formed in Zion, Illinoize in 1990, are still in the biz of touring and recording. In fact, Lucas (guitar, voice) and St. Clair (drummin’) are out to tout their latest, Hallelujah! I’m A Bum, a concept set that has “America’s hardest-rocking two-man band” in storytelling mode. Pull up a stool and set a spell after Subsurfer’s set at Soda Bar.... And alsos: frequent Bonnie “Prince” Billy backer Angel Olsen visits Casbah on Tuesday. See Dave’s take on the country-cooked femme fatale in this week’s Of Note...and Dirty Sirens, Schitzophonics, Gloomsday, New Kinetics, and Neighbors to the North fill an indie-eclectic bill at Bay Park bar the Griffin.
That ol’ “Okie From Muskogee,” Merle Haggard, has done sold out his Belly Up booking, surprising no one...but okay, the Evens (Amy Farina of the Warmers and Ian MacKaye of Fugazi) are touring in support of last year’s lo-fi Dischord disc The Odds, a welcome return for these two punk progenitors (literally, now). This isn’t barking hardcore, but with Farina’s half-time jazz drifting drums bouncing around MacKaye’s baritone guitar and reggae-informed talk ’n’ roll timbre, it’s got banging great tension. They’ll play for all ages at the Irenic in North Park. Bring the kids. They’ll thank you some day.
— Barnaby Monk