From the mythical city of Tijuana, borderland goth-pop band Dancing Strangers will visit their beats-borne take on ’80s post-punk (Joy Division, JAMC) on the Tin Can Ale House. Astronauta Jackson (Niña Camara) and Eric Curiel (Electric Healing Sound/Shantelle) are curator and instigator in a TJ scene that is swelling with adventurous artists adding fresh-ground Latin beans to an old idea of future pop. What the what... Anyway, get to the interwebs and check out fist-pumper “The Politician” off of last year’s Power. Sex. Corruption or more recent release Lost in Lust, from which “Secrets in Denial” super-effectively channels Ian Curtis. Legs will open. Giggity....
Speaking of Joy Division, did you see that Peter Hook’s going to be at M-Theory signing copies of his book Unknown Pleasures on February 2 at 2. Put that date in your smaht device, fanboys and girls.... Back to Thursday: Denver’s rock-steady Repercussions will drop reggae-informed punk numbers to take down the Shakedown after local “post-crunk” duo Killer Party and pop-punk politikos Castoff...Uptown, San Diego’s soul sister Lady Dottie & the Diamonds will do their weekly thing at the Tower Bar...whilst the Rock ’n’ Roll Preservation Society DJs Diana Death, Heather Hardcore, and Miss Kylee spin for your rock-roll edification at Til-Two in University Heights. There’s no quiz this week, but your book reports on Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood are due.
Experimental shapeshifters Primitive Noyes will celebrate a CD release at Eleven on Friday. Near as I can tell, the new “electroniscape” collection is called Slow Emergency/Slow Emergent Sea. I’m listening to “Slow Emergency” via SoundCloud as I type and hearing that pop sap ooze I like best about Broken Social Scene (the guitar wash, the voice under the floor, the rat-a-tat traps). Like-minded locals Mystery Cave and Psicomagia set it up.... Best of the rest: out at Tower Bar, from Chicago, dark-punk death-rockers Population join hard-core locals Death Crisis, the Very, and Nerve Control for a loud un....DJ Robin Roth’s Club Pussy Galore pulls into Whistle Stop after sci-fi garage group Shake Before Us and fuzz-rock dance band the Schitzophonics...while “for whiners and grinders alike” (?!), Dave Wakeling frankensteins another English Beat for two nights at Belly Up.
The Howls will take the stage at Casbah Saturday night for their part in the Middletown mainstay’s 24th anniversary month. The Stonesy alt-country act will be joined by Mrs. Magician, whose reverbinginging garage-pop majik opens the show. I think Strange Heaven’s the only local release from last year still popping up in the truck’s carousel. But I’m wicked lazy, so take that with a grain.... There’s another anniversary happening downtown at House of Blues, where 91X will celebrate its 30th year with, um, cutting-edge-of-rock locals Slightly Stoopid, P.O.D., Buck-O-Nine, the Rugburns, and Vokab Kompany.... Al Howard’s other other other band, the Midnight Pine, is a bare-bones, sepia-toned country-folk sounding thing. Shelbi Bennet’s low register describes a chilling Patsy Cline on the take I’m playing, “Good Night.” The three-piece will drop its debut dealio, Awake Now, at Jett Gallery in Little Italy.... Utterwise: Scottie Blinn’s grease-punk trio Black Market III sets up at Shakedown after Blackwater Jukebox...and UCSD collective Ché Café stages the locally grown triple bill of Tropical Popsicle, New Mexico, and Wild Wild Wets for your RDA of heady psych-pop.
“I’m thinking about burning the WalMart down.” That so? The outspoken, outsingin’ Steve Earle and his beard and his books and his Grammy-winning folk-rocking show will take the stage at Belly Up Sunday for what is/will be the set to see this week. “The last hardcore troubadour,” according to American Songwriter, is touring behind a heroic back-catalog, including his latest, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and greatest, Guitar Town. But you know all this. I’ll see you on Cedros.... Miss tix to that one, English piano-pop band Keane’s down at House of Blues behind last year’s Strangeland...and Soda Bar sets up singer-songwriter/no-wave vet Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, GG Allin) with acoustic chanteuse Jennifer O’Connor.
SanFran blues-punk band Spider Heart drops in on Eleven Monday night. The four-piece is touring in support of its new EP, Under the Gun, which apparently will make you want to “surf and break mailboxes at the same time.” Huh. Tourmates Happy and local boyz Dumest Animals (love the Lego video!) are also on the bill...a couple blocks east, psych/surf beast Barbarian continues its Monday residency at Soda Bar. Parquet Courts and Ditches dig in first this week.
The techno Tycho plugs in at Belly Up on Tuesday. Synth-driven chillwaver Scott Hansen’s taking a break from recording his followup to crit-hit Dive to stretch out the new material. Doombird opens the show.... Daydream Nation delivers L.A. psych-pop band Nightmare Air to the Griffin for a trio of dates this month. With alt-rock vets Dave Dupuis (Film School) and Swaan Miller fronting the stage, Nightmare Air is heavily layered and “possibly L.A.’s loudest band,” blogs one Los Angelino fan. Loud is good, but so is the songsmithing. Check out “Escape” at nightmareairmusic.com.... No? Drum and bass math-rock braniacs Kenseth & Brandon (Sleeping People) turn up at Eleven...and after a couple of sell-out sets at House of Blues last week, Social Distortion is back downtown for two more nights of tatty SoCal punk ’n’ roll. Red Devil Squadron up first on Tuesday, while Wednesday works in one of my favorite blues-punk duos, Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss. My editor went to one of the Social D shows last week, but if I wrote what he said, he’d just delete it. I’ll put it on my Facebook page because it was pretty funny and he doesn’t “do Facebook.”
Eleven stages the Rich Hands, whom the esteemable San Antonio Current last year called their city’s most underrated band, describing the quartet’s sound as “’60s garage-rock concentrate with a heavy dose of white-boy soul.” I don’t know how underrated they are anymore, but the rest is spot-on. Go here to hear some fresh-faced Texas twang: therichhands.bandcamp.com. Dark Thirty opens the show.... Harlem hip-hop duo Cannibal Ox is down the street at Soda Bar in advance of their top-secret new CD. Chicago “electromajician” Keith Masters splits the bill.... It’s back-to-school up at the U, where Ché Café welcomes Italian screamo band Raein. Loma Prieta, Birdbrain, Lyburnum, and Haruka fill that bill...while across campus (and the musical spectrum) indie-folkies Sea Wolf lay some Old World Romance on the Loft.... In case you haven’t heard, Gilbert Castellanos has found a new home for his Wednesday night jazz jam — Seven Grand in North Park. I have not been yet, but the word is the room sounds great and the bar stocks premium jet fuel. I am circling.
— Barnaby Monk