Sunset Strip rock royalty Queen Caveat will rule Bar Pink Thursday night. Led by cagey stage banshee Lauren Little (think young Courtney Love with Joan Jett’s pipes), the hard-rocking quartet’s held residencies at L.A. hot spots Roxy and Viper Room, played to sold-out crowds and rave reviews at SXSW music fest, and self-released two web-hit EPs and the new buzz-bin-worthy single “Mr California.” Check out the video @ queencaveat.com. As one L.A. rock writer put it, “These guys will rock the snot out of your nose and leave you bleeding and you will thank them for it.” Do NOT wipe that on your sleeve, dood.... Staying Uptown, Soda Bar stages that Flying V slinging rock ’n’ soul outfit Old Tiger, which is out to tout their v. recommendable debut disc Love Have Mercy. Local folkies River City and Midnight Pine will open the show.... Speaking of Flying Vs, Oaktown thrasher Robb Flynn (Machine Head) will play an acoustic set(?!) at Brick by Brick.... And up at UCSD, the “fiercely independent” campus radio station KSDT will host its two-day fundraiser, Ancient Alien Jamboree, at Ché Café on Thursday and Friday, featuring a whole buncha bold text: Gloomsday, Vaginals, Signals, xbxrx, Pangea, Meat Market, and woot woot FIDLAR. Get the deets: scw.ucsd.edu/events.
Don’t blink, my little post-core droogies, what I’m about to type is actual and factual and you are going to want to act fast: Walter Schreifels and frickin’ Quicksand are frickin’ back and frickin’ touring and playing the frickin’ House of Blues downfrickintown Friday frickin’ night. No, you shut up. It’s true. The tour, their first in 15 years, starts in the Bay Area and will bring the boys to the Southland and then eastward home to NYC and then on to Münster. That’s in Germany. So go slip Slip out of its sleeve and slam it on the turntable and turn it UP and get to ordering tix post-haste. They’re 25 bucks a stub, but a pack of four goes for 75 bucks. You got three friends, dontcha? That’s a savings of $6.25 per headbanger.... If you miss the door to that, don’t kill yourself, there’s some other noteworthy stuff going on around town, i.e., e.g., f.y.i., just up the Fifth Ave. hill, local noise-makers Bangladesh, New Kinetics, and Schitzophonics will fill a bill at Tin Can Ale House...and, look, Midge Ure is touring. He was in British new wave band Ultravox (“Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”) and will be at Brick by Brick...Soda Bar stages “the Richard Nixon of disco dancing,” Cuckoo Chaos, with L.A. soundscapists Incan Abraham and SD’s spazz-jazz master Snuffaluffagus...from the top of our folk-rock heap, Heavy Guilt will be out at Winstons in O.B., stretching out the material on their new CD, after the Steelwells...and drummer extraordinaire Terry Bozio (Missing Persons, Zappa) will be at the Loft at UCSD with his new L.A.-based trio, “for an evening of electric chamber music for the 21st century.” I have no idea what that entails, but one should “expect some of the most intense sounds anywhere”...this just in on my Bookface message board from Branden of Sculpins: "@ Bar Eleven/soon to be the Void: Sculpins, the Last Years, Boats! (Sacramento), and Shark Blood. 9 PM. $5.Thank you! — Branden." You're welcome. I like "the Void," btw, it's got a fitting negative energy to it.
L.A. “power duo” El Ten Eleven lands at the Loft Saturday night. The vamps loop a doubleneck guitar with fretless bass over explosive post-rock beats. They are touring in support of last year’s Transitions, a nu-math head-nodder that adds a notable quota of electronica to the ETE formula. It’s a’ight, these guys kill live.... Across campus, SoCal punk throwbacks Infest, which used to play at something called “powerviolence,” will hit the Ché Café with Crime Desire, Fed to the Wolves, Impulse, and Suspect. With the original hardcore four, fronted by angsty vocalist Joe Denunzio, this is Infest’s first tour in nearly 20 years.... ’Round town: Operation Mindblow presents Winter’s Womb 4 at Casbah, featuring D.C. stoner-rock trio Dead Meadow with like-minded locals Dahga Bloom, California666, Harsh Toke, and Eddie & the Earwigs...folkedelic locals the Donkeys clop into the Griffin after Palace Ballroom...local grinders Scooby BaNachos and Tomm Scum, aka Idols Plague, will shred the Shakedown after Revenge Club...local tribbers Back to Black, Hellbent, and OFU will exhume some album-rock riffage at Brick by Brick in Bay Park...Santa Ana garage band the Neumans join our own Los Sweepers out at Tower Bar...while ’70s radio staple Jackson Browne (“Running on Empty,” “The Pretender”) makes eyes at your mom down at the Copley.
Anti-folkies Adam Green & Binki Shapiro (Mouldy Peaches, Little Joy, respectively) this week release their collaborative debut on Rounder Records, whose one-sheet describes the musical rapport the pair has to “late ’60s folk pop.” The Guardian agreed, likening their sound to the work Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood did together. Green & Shapiro’s cover of the James Gang’s “Collage” is pretty gosh-darn good. The duo will do its duets at the Griffin on Sunday after JJAMZ and Clockart...while heavy-metal shredder Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) will be right around the bend at Brick by Brick.... One-time Posie, one-time REMer, one-time Big Star Ken Stringfellow has a new record out, Danzig in the Moonlight, which is a cornucopia of song styles, ranging, as Stringfellow is wont to do, from prog to country, R&B, and jangle-pop. The schizophrenic songsmith sets up at Soda Bar after the Maldives and Rookie Card.... Best of the rest on Sunday finds neo-soul artist Cody Chesnutt at Casbah behind his new R&B record Landing on a Hundred...piano-rock group Ben Folds Five brings its new thing, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, to House of Blues...Dizzy’s new digs at P.B. Jet Ski hosts a vibraphone summit, with Tim McMahon, Anthony Smith, and Pat Burke manning the mallets, Peter Sprague on guitar, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Duncan Moore at the traps...and classic-rock guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) will be up at Belly Up for one of the Solana Beach bar’s “An Evening with” showcases.