The Wildbunch is back. And they “Wanna take you to a gay bar, gay bar, gay bar!” Sexy Trash act Electric Six plug in at Casbah Thursday night. This sextet kicks out the dance jams in diverse brands — goth-pop to sci-fi-disco — all built in that inimitable shred-ahead garage of Detroit Rock City. Jack into last year’s party platter Heartbeats and Brainwaves for the latest Electric craze. Gabriel the Marine and Black Hondo set it up.... “The Beat Goes On,” as Philly’s favorite son, the alt-hop hit G. Love, spills his acousti-rock Special Sauce all over House of Blues behind this year’s Playlist: The Very Best of collection, a solid primer for the uninitiated and reminder for those who relegated G. to the remainder bins.... Just up the Fifth Ave. hill, Tin Can Ale House stages local folkies Grampadrew, 22 Kings, and Podunk Nowhere...Bay Park bar the Griffin books singer/songers Josh Damigo, Robert Francis, and Carly Ritter...while traveling troubadour Jake Smith, aka the White Buffalo, roams into Belly Up behind his latest, Once Upon a Time in the West. From that record, “Sleepy Little Town” landed on the soundtrack to the chick flick Safe Haven. Terraplane Sun and the Paragraphs open the show.
L.A. greats Redd Kross will rawk the Casbah Friday night. The McDonald brothers have been bringing their brand of melodic slam since ’78, when they were in middle school, with an historic first show opening for Black Flag. Don’t even get me started on what’s become of that repellent...I prefer OFF! these days, which, oh yeah, gonzo guitarist Steve McDonald shreds for. But that’s not why you take in a Redd Kross set, you do because this band’s got punk history in two essential records (Born Innocent, Neurotica), and they always leave it all onstage. I’m (def.) not shilling their last record, Researching the Blues, by saying “It’s as good as anything that came out last year,” but 35 years down the line, I’d take their Blues over Jack White’s Blunder six out of seven days a week.... Best of the rest: Adam’s in town from Down Under, so San Diego indie hits Secret Apollo will launch a one-off at Soda Bar after St. Cloud Sleepers, Red Pony Clock, and Kalashnikov My Wife...Primitive Noyes, Buddy Banter, Golden Beaches, and Kids in Heat fill an indie-eclectic bill at the Griffin...while Soma stages Christian metalcore crew As I Lay Dying with the always gets a giggle when I type it Devil Wears Prada.
“Lo-fi legend” (NY Times) R. Stevie Moore will play the newly dubbed Void, which was the oldly dubbed Eleven, Saturday night. The multi-instrumentalist has been recording since the ’60s, championing the experimental/outsider aesthetic through home-made cassettes, mostly — about 400 of them. For you fans, there’s some fun RSM junk going on at sickoftheradio.com that you can get involved in. With K Records recording artists Lake (Olympia, WA) and our own Plateaus opening the show, this gig’s dripping with gooey lo-fi goodness.... Miss the door at the Void, just up the street at Soda Bar, Beverly, Mass, instrumental act Caspian, touring in support of Waking Season, “the best post-rock album of 2012” (says Spin), will headline sets by Native and Torches.... Feeling fuzzy? Tower Bar punches the button to the 99th Floor, “a night of garage, psych, and soul,” featuring Santa Ana band the Neumans and, from Boyle Heights, the Shag Rats, with 100% vinyl sets spun by DJS Tony the Tyger and Mateo Londres.... Other mentionables: SD jazz champeen, the trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, does a trib for Dizzy G. at 98 Bottles...while fusion freaks Banyan, a band that at one time boasted the talents of Minuteman Mike Watt, Nels Kline (Wilco), and drummer Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), is booked at Winstons in O.B. These days the band is manned by Perkins, Brian Jordan, Willie Waldman, and Tony “the Fretless Monster” Franklin.
L.A. pop-punk perennials the Muffs will be out at Soda Bar on Sunday. Mr. Good Of Noted this show for your edification on all things Muff, so flip or click to that for more on them. One of my hardcore heroes, Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), will do whatever he’s doing these days, and loud-ass locals Dirty Sirens and Octa#grape (playing “glooby glob songs through fur amps”) fill this wicked fun bill.... If you get shut out at Soda, Palm Beach indie kids Surfer Blood wash up at Casbah. The Pavement-Pixies-Weezer blend brought the boys’ debut some indie-crit back-slaps and a deal with Warner Bros. They’ll release the major label Pythons this summer, but in the mean., you can check out lead single “Weird Shapes” all over the interwebs. “It’s one of the most dynamic songs we’ve ever written,” says the guy who wrote it. Grand Rapids rolls in first.... German guitar guru Uli Jon Roth’s All-Star Jam will stack ’em at Brick by Brick to explore the songs of Cream, Hendrix, and the Scorps...while Portland electro-pop band Starfucker plays Porter’s Pub at UCSD. They’re out to tout this year’s Miracle Mile, which, if it’s half as good as that Anthony Edwards/Mare Winningham movie...
Soda Bar’s got Free Energy Monday. The Philly-based power-pop five-piece has a new t’do in this year’s Love Sign, which Pitchfork’s Ian Cohen pitch-slapped with a 3.6 score, saying the band spends too much time making googly eyes at “those groovy girls who just want to dance all night” and too little time mining the magic that made their ’70s pop-rock touchstones — the Cars, Cheap Trick — so much better at this. Go for the irony. It’s a fucking Monday.
Real nice locals-only bill at Belly Up on Tuesday, as North Beach (ex–Short Eyes) headlines sets by the Americana act Trouble in the Wind and roots-rocking Mrs. Henry. Short Eyes had an amicable de-bassing and went with a name change that namechecks one of the tracks on their debut disc, Granado’s. This is their CD-release thing, so you can be one of the first to see/hear it live, as well as say goodbye to the bass guy.... Also upthataway, NorCal jazz giant Julian Lage visits the Loft at UCSD. Super-smooth jazz guitar, for fans of the brand...while ’round town, Adrian Demain loops his uke at Bar Pink, for another installment of Exoticatronica...and SD dream-pop trio Mothlight shines on Tin Can Ale House after Religious Girls (SF) and Dudes.
I’m outta space, so you do the legwork on these recommendables: Athens, GA, psychedelic post-rock rippers Maserati roar into Soda Bar after Detta and the Stage Kids...SanFran blues-rock band Stone Foxes take the stage at Casbah after like-minded locals Family Wagon and the Paragraphs...and the Dead (but apparently not buried) Mickey Hart’s at Belly Up behind last year’s Mysterium Tremendum — “jazz-inflected global grooves.” Ppttttpppp!!!
— Barnaby Monk