Atlanta band Nashville Pussy plugs in at Casbah Thursday night. Hubbie and wife guitarists Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys (pronounced Rider Sighs) have been riding this eight-legged Southern-fried sleaze-rock beast since 1996, garnering a Grammy nomination for their song “Fried Chicken and Coffee” along the way. Lead guitarist Suys is considered one of the best female guitarists in the world. She should be — she started playing when she was nine years old and was weaned on Hendrix, Page, and Angus Young, whom the she-shredder tends to emulate onstage. The band’s out to tout the remixed/remastered From Hell to Texas, which includes a live set for you completists. Hit up the merch table and help them keep their boner fide rock rolling. Like-minded locals Low Volts and the Marsupials will open the show.... Else: “Bloodclot” McGowan and his NYC hardcore crew the Cro-Mags will stack ’em at Brick by Brick with Rail Them to Death and Take Offense...’round the bend at the Griffin, South African indie hits the Parlotones headline sets by New Kinetics and Irontom...and L.A. garage-pop act Detective, featuring ex-Spin editor and Guided by Voices bassist/vocalist James Greer (Alien Lanes, Under the Bushes...), will follow Sick Balloons into Soda Bar.
Remedial math-rock duo Pinback plays House of Blues on Friday. The local favorites, featuring the Heaviest Vegetable, Rob Crow, and Three Mile Pilot bassist Zach Smith, have conquered indie world with their infectious jazz-influenced pop form; most recently on last year’s well-received Information Retrieved, which includes one of the pair’s best slow-builders in lead single “Proceed to Memory.” Pinback is wrapping up a brief tour of the Southwest. Bay Area–based string-metal band (violin, cello, heavy metal) Judgement Day up first.... Best of the rest: L.A. punk perennials the Generators join Smogtown at the Shakedown after Wooly Mammoth and the Devereauxs for one beast of a bill on the little Midway stage...Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Okie folkie, will spin his country-western yarns at Acoustic Music San Diego (amsdconcerts.com)...Doods Foods will celebrate a year of feeding faces at Tin Can Ale House with music by Manuok, Former Friends of Young Americans (AZ), and Oh Spirit (Blackout Party, Fire Eaters)...Stephen Steinbrink (French Quarter), Upside Drown, Jehovas Fitness, Mandarin Dynasty, and Bogsey & the Argonauts fill a folk-punk bill at Ché Café...and the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad will host another installment of the Local Flavor Concert Series — number V — featuring Jack Tempchin, Joey Harris, Get Back Loretta’s Kevin Martin, Celtic fiddler Patric Petrie (among other soloists), and full-band performances by Neon Cough and True Stories. The shindig starts at six and Stone Brewery’s onboard. Should be a good one up in the Lego land.
Canuck punks D.O.A.’s “farewell tour” will bring the trio to Brick by Brick Saturday night. Joey Shithead’s been hurling hardcore into pits since 1978, culminating in last year’s retiring We Come in Peace, which includes a cover of the Beatles’ “Revolution,” if you can believe that. One of hardcore’s original soldiers is ready to hang up his combat boots, so go check it out and give him a shout — Long live D.O.A.! CH3 and Sculpins will set it up.... Miss the door in Bay Park, L.A. pop-punk trio the Dollyrots (“Because I’m Awesome”) roll into town to Shakedown. The ’Rots recently started their own label (Arrested Youth), which will carry the DIY outfit’s imprints, like last year’s s/t set that found the band exploring new-wave forms. Payoff, Images, and Focke Wolves are also on the bill.... Otherwise: London-based blues-rock band Smile’s at Casbah with Reeve Oliver, Creepy Creeps, and Dumetown...San Diego’s brassy big band Supertasty blows into Til-Two...Gilbert Castellanos and 98 Bottles host a Thelonious Monk tribute with San Diego’s Monk master Joshua White...and UCSD campus collective Ché Café stages local alt-rock faves Weatherbox, Tan Sister Radio, Crooks, and Throne.
Super Harbowl Sunday. I got the ’Niners by a Kaepernick.... Afterward, English singer/songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich will lay bare his Elliott Smith–inspired soul at Soda Bar after Tori Rogg and Mostly Sunny...and Epic recording artists, the roots-rocking San Diego band Augustana, will take the stage at the Griffin. Soulful chanteuse Lauren Shera will open the show.
“With one foot in the same Bay Area bayou that the Fogerty brothers once walked and the other foot in the same Bay Area bayou that birthed the Dead,” SanFran urban hillbilly band T.V. Mike & the Scarecrowes set up at Soda Bar in advance of next week’s release, Weeks to Days, after Drew Andrews and Nathan Hubbard.... From Eugene in Oregon, soul-pop sister ZZ Ward (“Put the Gun Down”) will be playing the Belly Up with North Carolina’s “well-oaked” folkies Delta Rae, which will Carry the Fire in first.... And from Lafayette, Louisiana, three-headed doom-metal monster Red Shield will take down the Shakedown with Nawlins tourmates Solid Giant.
The Who brings Quadrophenia mania to the Valley View Casino Center Tuesday night. The British rock band is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their mod-rock masterpiece Quadrophenia, the title of which is said to represent a mental disorder of possessing four personalities (Peter, Roger, John, and Keith?) and the recent (1973, remember) advent of “quadraphonic” sound. It’s all right there on Wikipedia, so it must be true. Learned this, too: Johnny Rotten screen-tested to play the rock-opera’s lead character, Jimmy, in the fillum, but the movie people wouldn’t insure the Sex Pistol.... Tickets beyond your modest means? Mine, too...Borderland garage bands San Pedro El Cortez, Sixties Guns, and Dancing Strangers will fill a bill at Tin Can Ale House...and Mirror Gazer Onuinu’s (aka Dorian Duvall of Portlandia) will deliver the hip-hop-atronica off of his debut to Soda Bar after Glass Canoe and Keith Sweaty.
The hump-night highlight’d have to be L.A.-based “drone-metal-art-folk” femme fatale Chelsea Wolfe at the Loft at UCSD. Ms. Wolfe is touring in support of Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, a well-received doom-folk disc resurrecting cuts that were “once-orphaned, [and now] given a home”.... Otherwises: Southern blues-rock brothers the North Mississippi Allstars will be at Belly Up...local alt-pop acts Yovee and Interrobang clang at Hillcrest hideaway Ruby Room...and That 1 Guy splits a bill with Wolff at Casbah. You know That 1 Guy, from Vegas, plays homemade gear he calls “the Magic Pipe,” “the Magic Boot,” and “the Magic Saw.” What’s that? Does he know any magic songs? I don’t think so, though I hear his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” slays ’em in Vegas.
— Barnaby Monk