Happy Valentine’s Day, Crawler followers, Cupid’s got a quiver full of shows tonight, so read real quik and see what sticks: Brooklyn-based “art-rock installation paratroopers” Japanther’s at the Soda Bar with like-minded locals (read loud and fast) Marsupials and Kodiak...nu-metal ’Zonies Soulfly will crank it at Brick by Brick with Incite and Lody Kong...’Round the bend, L.A.’s orchestral-rock act Red Paintings follows blues-bent San Diego band Stone Horse into the Griffin...Shakedown stages a St. Valentine’s Day Metal Massacre with Hollywood’s absolute heaviest, Desecrate...Bay Area hip-hop and pop player Ricky Reed, aka Wallpaper, hangs at Casbah with kooky ketarist Con Bro Chill and our own cats ’n’ jammers Lion Cut...fuzz-rock faves Schitzophonics plug in at Tin Can Ale House after Aotearoa and Badabing...while northa town, Swedish garage punks the Hives have sold out their show at Belly Up...but Eddie Money, at Ramona Mainstage, has still got two tickets to...well, you know.
For this year’s Beta Love, New York indie-rock act Ra Ra Riot ditched strings and chamber-pop for more electronic means to move your feet — synths, keys, machine-gun beats. I have not listened to the disc, but consensus seems to be that the band has left The Rhumb Line permanent-like, with the departure of founding member/cellist Alexandra Lawn, and is in search of a more upbeat identity. See how it’s going when the quintet gets to Belly Up Friday night after L.A. indie-pop act Pacific Air.... Dave Good wrote an of notable Of Note on the Mouse on Mars show at Soda Bar, so flip or click to that for the electrophat. Xover, 9 Theory, and the Illuminauts open the show.... Best of the rest: San Diego blues slinger Nathan James will bring his homemade washboard guitars and Trio to Bar Pink...while indie-rockers Transfer, Nervous Wreckords, Palace Ballroom, and Boy King fill a locals-only bill at Casbah.
Son of ten-time Grammy winner Carlos, Salvador Santana, headlines sets by Reed Street Sessions, Soul Water, and Todo Mundo at the Griffin. Salvador’s a Bay Area–based pianist/singer with a spoken-word approach and Dad’s Latin-jazz ear. For his debut disc, Keyboard City, the 20-year-old enlisted the help of heroes Money Mark (Beasties), GZA (Wu-Tang), and Del the Funky Homosapien, producing what Keyboard Magazine declared, “Funkadelic and the Meters had a love child who was then raised by Esquivel in a space-age bachelor pad full of analog synths.” Sal does Daddy proud.... Atmospheric-metal duo Om’s at Casbah behind last year’s well-received Advaitic Songs. On their fifth studio record, the SanFran band “reinvents Arabic music as monolithic, drone-heavy rock...emulating the sound of Tibetan chants, with deep, droning bass underlying sparse, repetitive melodies.” With Sun City Girls’ experimental guitarist Richard Bishop and like-minded locals ANA setting the stage, these will be heady sets.... Else: NYC scuzz-rock duo Blues Control is touring behind their Drag City debut, Valley Tangents, and will turn up at the Void (née Eleven) after Chula Vista goth-pop purveyors Infinity Dots. DJ Matt Bahamas (Heavy Hawaii) spins ’round sets...right down the street at Soda Bar, folk-rock combo Heavy Guilt takes the stage after Young Empress and Michael McGraw & the Butchers. Go wish Guilt percussion player Al Howard a happy (shh...35th) birthday, and get him one while you’re at it...and from Hollyweird, Wild Records recording artists the Rhythm Shakers will bring their brand of ’50s style sock-hop ’n’ rock to Til-Two after SD Avenues.
CityBeat scribe Ed Decker will get his “Sordid Tales” podcast off the ground at O.B. rock spot Winstons on Sunday, starting at 4:30p. The event includes the bar-poet laureate’s musical cohorts Mojo Nixon and Jeff Berkley, special guests Steve Poltz and Pony Death Ride, comedy by Jesse Egan and Lauren O’Brien (“L.O.B.” of The Mikey Show), and commentary from “the world’s only quasireasonable conservative,” David Patrone, who, by pure happenstance, is featured in this week’s Blurt, if you want to flip or click there for more on him. Sounds like an afternoon primed to pull an afterhours.... Otherwise: Oi! London punk perennials Cockney Rejects take the stage at Brick by Brick after Youth Brigade, Rat City Riot, and the Widows for one hella punk-rawk show at the Bay Park bar...creative jazz saxophonist Brandon Primus will be at 98 Bottles in Little Italy...Oakland hardcore hits the Reivers play Ché Café with animal bands Dog Teeth, Fed to the Wolves, and Pig Life...while a little farther up the 5, Sactown hip-hop duo Blackalicious rocks the mic at Belly Up behind Chali 2na of Jurassic 5.
Keeping Mondays cathartic, Daydream Nation and the Griffin present loud-ass locals Retox, Secret Fun Club, Wha?, and Ghetto Blaster. Retox is another joint by spazzcore stalwart Justin Pearson, a “noise-meets-punk four-piece borne from some grand blankety blanking accomplishments,” acts such as the Locust, Head Wound City, Holy Molar, All Leather, Some Girls, Swing Kids, Le Butcherettes, and Cattle Decapitation. They got a record out on Ipecac (Ugly Animals) that absolutepunk.net complained is too short. That’s good, right?... Miss the door to that, them psych-rocking Swedes Graveyard will bury the Casbah after L.A.’s primitive blasters the Shrine. Either way, plug ’em up, peeps. Tinnitus sucks.
SD goth groupies Klub Therapy present Velvet Acid Christ at Brick by Brick. VAC is electro-industrialist Bryan Erickson, a Denver-based artist who made his name in Europe’s underground club scene in the ’90s. He’s got a new disc due called Mauvais, which a clever Wikiographer called “trippy dance sci-fi industrial.” Twilight Garden and Squirelly Arts up first, and Therapy DJ Bryan Pollard mans the decks between sets.... Not so much? San Diego indie-pop band Oliver Trolley rolls into the Griffin as this month’s Tuesday rez. This week, Short Eyes sets the stage...while a rockabilly band from Malaga, Spain, the Beerbellys, jiggle into Tower Bar after Poppin’ Firecrackers.
Brooklyn-based folk-punk duo Buke & Gase plays Casbah with their bastardized instruments, the baritone-uke and guitar-bass. The boy-girl band is signed to Brassland Records, whose one-sheet calls them “post-proto-punk hyper-power minimal prog-folk with no-wave undertones.” Gah. The NPR-approved group is out to tout this year’s very well received record General Dome, which I’m listening to as I type, and I gotta tell ya...clubtronica cat Birdzilla lands at Tin Can Ale House after comical rapper Grammatical B...and funky soul bruthas Stevie & the High Stax will shake tha junk from your trunk at Bar Pink.
— Barnaby Monk