Casbah and Daydream Nation host another Vinyl Junkies afternoon of quaffing and record-swapping to the tunes of special guest DJ David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets). And then on Saturday night, it’s San Clemente stoner-rock quartet Fu Manchu, Sabbath-soaked Los Angelenos Moab, and loud-ass locals Lord Howler rattling cavities at the Middletown mainstay.... Looking for something less visceral, more intellectual, well, you are in luck, as the Northwest’s heady best, the Intelligence (ex–A Frames), will be serving up their latest In the Red record Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me, the charmingly grumpy garage band’s “most lyrically direct and musically exploratory album to date,” according to the experts at Pitchfork, which scored the disc a respectable 7.5. I like it to the tune of an 8.0 because Lars Finberg’s lyrics always crack/pick me up. Give a listen to “(They Found Me in the Back of) the Galaxy” and then get yourself a ticket, cuz with Cold Beat and Frights opening the show, this one’s sure to fill the Void.... Miss the door to that, just down the street at Soda Bar, radio-ready indie-pop duo Ms Mr (“Hurricane”) “+ special guests” play a 91X showcase for 91 cents...and over at Tower Bar, Jason Lee & the R.I.P.tides, Zombie Surf Camp, and Dinosaur Ghost fill a surf-rock bill under the City Heights spire.... Utter mentionables: NYC rapper Jay Z brings his Magna Carta Holy Grail to the Valley View Casinorena...local guitar great Mike Keneally slings his thing at the Loft...while across campus, indie-folkie Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, plays Ché Café behind this year’s well-received Cerulean Salt, her first with a fully fleshed band.
L.A. roots-punk perennials X and the Blasters split “A Family X-mas” bill at Belly Up in Solana Beach. Dryw Keltz got John Doe on the phone in advance of this one, so flip or click to Blurt for the dope direct from the horse’s mouth.... Canadian indie statesman Hayden’s at Soda Bar behind this year’s crit hit Us Alone. It’s the songsmith’s seventh effort and first for Arts & Crafts. On Us Alone, Hayden has refined/redefined his grunge-country m.o. into a Gold Rush panning that turns up some real pretty nuggets. Like-minded local Nothingful opens the show.... Tig Notaro’s a real funny lady who hosts a real funny podcast called Professor Blastoff with sidekicks Kyle Dunnigan and David Huntsberger. The trio visits all-ages venue the Irenic in North Park to riff on “science, philosophy, and the meta-physical”.... Guatemalan singer-songwriter-guitarist and Latin Grammy winner Gaby Moreno joins David Garza and Irene Diaz at the Griffin in Bay Park for some pop con queso...while over in the Sports Arena area, Valley View Casino Center hosts 91X’s Wrex the Halls, featuring Queens of the Stone Age, with Monkeys, Elephants, and Vampires, oh my.
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