It took buds Pete Yorn and J.D. King, both accomplished singer-songwriters, ten years to make a record together, but when they did, as the Olms, it came pretty quick. The pair reportedly sneezed out hit single “Twice as Nice” in about 20 minutes. The self-titled debut dropped this summer and found its way to #4 on Billboard’s Heatseeker thingy, garnering critical acclaim from adult-contempo rock writers for its “summer of ’66 vibe” and “simple, catchy pop-rock” iFormula. If that doesn’t grab ya, an “olm” is a blind lizard, also known as a mudpuppy. The retro-duo plug in at Casbah after Minibar's main man Simon Petty. iKidding aside, this is a talented lot, and for fans of the brand, the show should be a spine-tingler.... Best of the rest: Austin-based Americana quintet My Jerusalem’s out to tout their latest, Preacher, a brooding minor-key kicker best listened to on sunset drives or the dark of a bar, like, say, Soda Bar...traveling troubadour Will Hoge visits the Griffin behind his best yet (according to roots-music authority No Depression), Never Give In, “a heartfelt, full blast trip with not a dud in the bunch.” Heartland rockers Red Wanting Blue open the show...and Bay Area jazz cats Charlie Hunter (guitar) and Scott Amendola (drums) deliver their new disc, the “fiercely grooving” Pucker, to the Loft at UCSD.
From Austin, Texas, garage-blues singer-guitarist Black Joe Lewis and his energetic big band (no longer called the Honeybears, btw) deliver Electric Slave to House of Blues on Friday night. The rock ’n’ soul sextet’s latest features organ grind and brass blasts under Lewis’s fuzzed-out axe and hell-raising howl. Hit the interweb for a taste of BJL’s “Skulldiggin” or “The Hipster,” and be at the ready to “shake yo ass.” With Missourah’s funk-punk trio Radkey opening the show, this one’s going to bring down the House.... Else: Rush tribute Fred Barchetta (that’s proggy SanFran band Points North) joins Great White Zeppelin and Back 2 Black to fill a covers bill at Brick by Brick...Up and coming locals Soft Lions (with members of Boy King and New Kinetics) play an EP release at Soda Bar. Idyll Wild and Spaceships land first...and Ken Club has a real horror show as NYC’s “demonic electronic” industrial band Bile headlines sets by Rabid Whole, Squirrely Arts, and They Feed at Night.
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