San Diego psych-surf band Barbarian wraps up their January residency at Soda Bar this Monday night after Dirt Dress, Bangladesh, and Slipping into Darkness...while Casbah’s Anti-Monday team rings up Tiny Telephones, featuring members of Hyena, Shark Attack, and Transfer’s string section. Family Wagon, Great White Buffalo, and Calico Kids fill the bill.
Swedish indietronica duo Niki & the Dove alight at Casbah after pop-punk personhood Kenny Vasoli’s (Starting Line, Prize Fight) new band Vacationer...L.A. alt-rockers Nightmare Air will be wrapping up their January residency at the Griffin after Boy King (née Bunny Gang)...while at Brick by Brick, fusion-rock supergroup the Aristocrats bring Boing, We’ll Do It Live! to the Bay Park bar.
Psych-folk famile Akron/Family visits the Loft at UCSD. What I know best about the Portland-based band comes from their v. recommendable ’09 collection Set ’Em Wild, Set ’Em Free, a heady, adventurous record that brings Animal Collective down to Earth and accompanies me on many a hike or run. I have not properly attended A/F’s The Cosmic Birth “collage,” Set ’Em Free’s storied follow-up that dropped two years ago, but I will surely do that before Wednesday night...unless I decide to go to the Eddie Spaghetti show at Brick by Brick. Happily, Mr. Spaghetti has no pre-reqs.
— Barnaby Monk