Oxford indie hits Foals bring Holy Fire to House of Blues. This one’s been a commercial breakthrough for the not-so-British post-rock quintet. According to the lads’ hometown rag, NME, “The art-rockers cast off their spiky, mathletic shackles and head for the big league with their third album.” Not sure what “mathletic” means, so I had to read the whole bloody review. I guess Foals used to come off as pretty pretentious, lyrically and musicianshipwise. All didlee didlee bap bap diddle dat, for those of you who read tablature. The guy responsible for all that, front Foal Yannis Phlippakis, says, “There was a Woody Allen in my brain that needed to be killed. He got killed.” Maybe they should’ve had the Woodman direct the video for lead single “Inhaler”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_PMvjmC6M. Anyhoot, here’s a chance to see the singer who killed Alvy Singer. NYC garage punks the Drowners wash up first.... Else: Grammy-winning rock-rollers Los Lobos join Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo to serve up some tasty Tex-Mex fare at Humphreys by the Bay. Dave Good featured Escovedo in this week’s Of Notable show, so flip or click to that for more on him...from Mexico City, witch-house artist “JC,” aka Rituelz, is sure to fill the Void with Prayers...SanDago psych-pop quartet the Donkeys clop into Bay Park bar the Griffin after Kiev and Privet...whilst right ’round the bend at Brick by Brick, the Disconnected dudes welcome Seattle shock-rockers the Mentors (Sickie Wifebeater, Dr. Heathen Scum), Pottymouth, Idols Plague, Infected, and them drunken punkin’ idiots D.P.I.
Plucky homegrown indie-rock trio Pinback will be at the track for this Friday’s post-race freebie. Last year’s Information Retrieved was a slow grower and heavier under headphones. Let’s hope Rob and Zach are reaching back for the trackside stage.... After that, roll downtownward, where that “Motown with drum machines” band, Hills Like Elephants, lumbers into Bar Pink after Portland dance-rock sextet Adventure Galley...Aussie 18-piece chamber-pop act Mother Falcon lands at Soda Bar after our own folky indie harp-ess Kelsea Little...Debonaires and Revivers split a ska-rock bill at the Shake...while Tin Can Ale House stages surf sets by Secret Samurai, Aqualads (Charlotte, NC), and the Mystery Men (Atlanta).
Barlow and Ja-Loew are back together as Sebadoh, the lo-fi alt-rock trio that proved my best palate-cleanser throughout them grungy ’90s. Last year’s web-only Secret EP gave a taste of things to come with down-tuned, down-strummed four-strings and the pair’s harmonized head voices à la Bakesale and Harmacy. No one does this shit better. The new drummer on deck is Bob D’Amico (Fiery Furnaces), who, apparently, is exactly what the doctor ordered. The new trio’s first full-length, Defend Yourself, is due to drop in September. You’ll prolly get a healthy hit of that Saturday night at Casbah after local openers Octa#Grape and Ditches. That is an outstanding triple-bill, music-lover, which, unbelievably, as I hunt and peck, still has tix available. What are you waiting for?!?... Best of the rest: SanDago nu-metal rap-rock act P.O.D. hits HoB with Flyleaf...Steeltown hip-hop hit Mac Miller will be at Soma with Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper, Vince Staples, and the Internet...Palm Desert–shredder Fatso Jetson says “SD is ripe for some ear plookery.” They’ll bring voluminous plookery to Til-Two after Hornss and Phantom Ratio...and Drew Douglas’s country-fried alter-ego Grampadrew will set a spell at the Tin Can after Shawn Rohlf & the Buskers and indie-folkie ’Zonies the Senators, who are touring in support of their sepia-toned debut Harsher than Whiskey, Sweeter than Wine, which brings up a good question: Should you capitalize the word “than” in a title? (The politically saavy Senators capped everything, btw. Way to take a stand.)
Hey, hey, they’re the Monkees swinging into Humphreys Sunday night. Sad day when Davy died last year, but it got the guys to settle scores and start what appears to be one ongoing, everloving memorial tour for the original three, Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork. At 85 bucks a pop, I’ll have to settle for watching Head — on VHS! Anyone got a VHS player I can borrow?... Else: from Providence, Rhode Island, “College Humor” rapper Mike Stud’s at Porter’s Pub at UCSD...and Belly Up books an evening with Vaud & the Villains, a New Orleans–based orchestra-slash-cabaret troupe.
Chicago child rock stars the Smith Westerns ride into Casbah after Portland organ-grinders Wampire for the Middletown mainstay’s Anti-Monday meetup. The Smith Westerns are a young bubble-gum-cum-glam-rock band doing their growing up on the road. This year’s Soft Will suggests the kids have graduated to “wistfully melodic trad-rock,” according to the homers at Pitchfork. Whatever. These bands make their hay onstage. Take Tuesday off and I’ll see you on Kettner.
“L.A.-via-Vermont garage/powerpop wunderkind” King Tuff will rule the Soda Bar stage after Teenage Burritos wraps up on Tuesday. If you don’t already have it, get your mitts on KT’s s/t Sub Pop debut. It’s all that (low-budget guitar buzz-to-midtempo boogie) and a bag of chips (Miss Vickie’s Kettle-Cooked Jalapeños).... Miss the door to that, just a couple blocks west at the Void, local surf-psych noiseniks Barbarian will be celebrating a CD-release with Mister Goodnite (Tyler Parkford of L.A. smog-pop trio Mini Mansions). Buddy Banter and Lost Ships drift in first.
Humpnight hits like this: from Long Island, “uncompromising NYHC flag-bearers” Backtrack will play the Ché Café after Soul Search, Criminal Instinct, and Halftime, for one cavity-rattling night of hardcore...the three-piece pioneers of the vampiric sound known as “occult wave,” Vampire, will pay a late-night visit to Tin Can Ale House after German rock-rollers Hello Gravity (“Ja, Hello Gravity haben sich noch einmal weiterentwickelt!”)(Whatever, man.)...Til-Two’s hosting another Rudies vs. Greasers event, featuring East L.A.’s the Delirians (the rudies) and our own Johnny Deadly Trio (the greasers, obv)...and New Jersey sons Nicky, Joey, and Kevin, the Jonas Brothers!!! (exclamation points mine), will be at SDSU’s Viejas Arena. The boy band’s out to tout this year’s unoriginally titled fifth, V. Pynchon just gasped. You hear it? Anyway, I took the Klondike 5 Seconds to Glory™ challenge with lead single “Pom Poms,” and I’m bummed to report, no ice cream bar for Barn today.
— Barnaby Monk