Ex-Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo & the Dust take the stage at Casbah Saturday night.
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Anonymous electro-experimentalist Slow Magic plugs in at Casbah on Thursday.

Thursday 12
For all you tent-pitching, rock-climbing, star-gazing, firepit-blazing, punk-rock throwback barbecue fanatics, first-wave punks the Weirdos will headline a high-desert dust-up at that rock-roll pork-pit of Pioneertown, Pappy & Harriet’s. From late-’70s Hollyweird, John and Dix Denney lent a little SoCal silliness to the antisocial sociopolitiking of hardcore acts such as the Germs, the Jerks, and Black Flag. To balance the bill, that baritoned bard Shawn Mafia and his Ten Cent Thrills deliver Death in D Major, a rock-noir record for fans of the creepy-cool brand (Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits). If you take that ride, I’ll be the guy in the sauce-stained Go-Go’s shirt with cornbread crumbs in his beard. Say hey.... ’Round town Thursday night, you got Venice Beach big band the Mowgli’s at the Griffin after Blondfire and the Lucky Lonely. A brief sampling of the jangle and bounce on the Mowgli’s debut Waiting for the Dawn confirms the octet’s love-rock-revivalist mission statement. Bend an ear to their hit single “San Francisco” to see what I mean...and Slow Magic, a tribal-mask-wearing electronic experimentalist in the chillwave vein (like, Boards of Canada, Air France) will take the stage at Casbah after like-minded locals the Illuminauts and Mystery Cave. I’m usually pretty impatient with this stuff, but Slow Magic’s Triangle has been working on me. He broke my code: sick samples and brevity.

Soda Bar stages good-folk Seattle act Ivan & Alyosha on Friday.

Friday 13
On the harmonious side of indie rock, where the heady Grizzly Bear hibernates, Dostoevsky fans Ivan & Alyosha stand out for the good-folk comfort croons you’ll hear on this year’s All the Times We Had. Popular press suggests that where the Seattle act lacks capital-s Soul is adequately filled with soul-searching everyman plaints on love, family, and spirits in the sky — sung in bone-chilling three-part harmony. The NPR-approved four-piece will play Soda Bar with local folkies Leanna May & the Matadors and Ed Ghost Tucker.... Best of the rest on Friday the 13th Part Whatever: the Replacement Replacements (that’s Adam Gimbel’s Cover Me Badd crew) and Bowie-phonics (that’s SDMA winners the Schitzophonics and Diana “What’s One More Band” Death) split a tribute bill at NoPark hot spot Bar Pink...more first-wave punkers on the road, as ex-Skulls singer Billy Bones and his band the Billybones rattles into Til-Two with their debut The Complexity of Stupidity, a punk-pop set that offers a lot more punk than pop. Paper Hearts of Hollywood and our own Dead on the Wire will get the pit spinning...Big Eyes, a “male-backed” Seattle act (according to singer/guitarist Kate Eldridge) will split a Volar Records bill with lo-fi locals Teenage Burritos at the Whistle Stop in South Park...while over in Bay Park, country skrunks the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash hit the Griffin after the MaCananys...reggae-rock roustabouts Slightly Stoopid will be doing a Toys for Tots benefit on the all-ages stage at Soma...and this looks pretty interesting: the San Diego School of Rock will perform Neutral Milk Hotel’s lo-fi landmark In the Aeroplane Over the Sea up at Ché Café at UCSD. Now I’m going to have “King of Carrot Flowers” stuck in my head all day...

The voice of the Runaways, Cherie Curie, visits Brick by Brick Saturday night.

Saturday 14
According to Spin magazine, Lee Ranaldo is co–numero uno guitarist of all time with his ex–Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore. Ranaldo fronts his own dealio these days called the Dust, which blows into Casbah Saturday night behind Heatseeker hit Last Night on Earth. The Matador set’s getting mixed reviews for its Sonic Youth sameness. Eff them, it sounds fantastic. Do me a thing, though, go listen to beauty “Lecce, Leaving” and tell me Lee’s pipes aren’t sounding more and more like Michael Stipe. Which is way okay by me, I’m pro-adenoid. With acoustic killer Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy) and avant-garde noisemaker Jacob Feliz Heule front-loading this super-heavy bill, this one’s bound to sell out...which is why you should know, if you miss tix for that show, the voice of the Runaways, Cherie Curie, will split a bill with her onetime Hollywood cohort Roni Lee (Venus and the Razorblades). The Kim Fowley acolytes will be at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick.... Else: Northwest grunge revivalists Naomi Punk will fill the Void with the sludge-rock noise off of their Captured Tracks debut, The Feeling, which slips some beautiful tension between its slow-core beats and rattling strings. The watery vox takes a taste test, but I like its swank ooze. San Diego psych-pop quartet Dunes rolls in first...winners of the Album of the Year award at this year’s SDMAs, Burning of Rome, headlines sets by Le Mutant, Gloomsday, and Figs Vision right down the street at Soda bar...and if you’re up in the rurals, southpaw Bluesbreaker Coco Montoya will be bending his Fender at Ramona Mainstage. Dude’s a multi-tool jawdropper, slinging his Strat upside-down and singing like nobody’s business.

Follow the Crawler into next week.

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