Alt-rock boy-girl band Nico Vega will take the stage at Bay Park bar the Griffin. The grungy L.A. act is out to tout this year’s Fury Oh Fury, which they were lucky enough to unleash while touring this spring with Flavor-of-the-Month Imagine Dragons. The six-song set is a brief-but-catchy keeper, rocking hard (“Fury Oh Fury,” Beast”) and dancing around new wave beats (“Lightning,” “We Are the Art”). L.A. staples Crash Kings and the up-and-coming Dreamers Dose set up this go-to show Thursday night.... Else: creative collective Kill Quanti (“We make noise”) fills the Void with experimental electro racket by the Most Hi, Ultragash, Feend, Rogerthat, and Mateo. Open your mind hole, but muffle your ear hole.... Downtownward, L.A. cowpunk band Blood on the Saddle drips at Tin Can Ale House after the Desolators and Plastic City Pariah...and at House of Blues, emo, ya don’t, Say Anything is touring in support of Anarchy, My Dear, the pop-punk sextet’s sixth studio set. Texas indie-poppers Eisley up first. They’re a family band — brothers, sisters, cousins — but their name’s not Eisley.
MiniApple’s Margret Wander, aka Dessa, will be at Casbah behind this year’s Parts of Speech, the third solo set from the Doomtree rapper. Dessa’s wordwise with a gift for flow — she refs Leonard Cohen as “a thug of a lyricist” — it’s when she sings that things get unweildy. L.A.-based alt-hop MC Open Mike Eagle and our own dance-pop duo Okapi Sun open the show.... And-then-somes: local Latin-funk big band B-Side Players Revolutionize the Griffin after Sonidero Travesura and Beto Perez...L.A. hardcore hits Raptors (ex-Deathpunch) take down the Shakedown with their brand new tunes offa Destroy.Pain.Survive. Dead on the Wire and News from the Front will get the pit going...South Park bar Whistle Stop celebrates six years of Club Pussy Galore with folk-rockers Duping the Public and Never Come Down. CPG curator/DJ Robin Roth spins ’round sets...“as much Americana as it is avant-garde garage, as much folk blues as it is psychedelic indie stomp,” the Heavy Guilt weighs on Soda Bar’s stage after “aloha folkies” Trouble in the Wind...and Tower Bar’s got loud ’n’ fast locals Coda Reactor, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Stalins of Sound, and the Bat Lords.
“Free show & BBQ!” Tower Bar’s booked a SaturDAY show — woo-hoo! — with local punks the Lumps and Wha? starting around 4p. DJ Mikey Ratt’s ondeck for that.... Later and norther, Bay Area rapper/author Lil B’s at Porter’s Pub at UCSD. B’s an enigma, rapping all over the map, from dissing hip-hop stereotypes to “new-agey spoken word.” In his own words: “I can do ‘Swag OD’ but then my favorite musical artist right now is Antony and the Johnsons.” Gotcha. His first book, Takin’ Over by Imposing the Positive! is based on his “Based Lifestyle” philosophy of positivity and optimism. It’s a string of emails, and he’ll stick one in your hands if you get close enough.... Best of the rest finds Wild Wild Wets, Burnt Ones, and Cosmonauts filling a garage-rawk billing at Soda Bar...rockabilly band Kit & the Branded Men ride into the Shakedown after Palaminos and Desolators...and Casbah stages local alt-rock favorites Transfer, Blackout Party, Flaggs, and Palace Ballroom.
Pickwick plays Casbah on Sunday night. They are an NPR-approved Seattle-based six-piece centered around the strummy, hummy pop stylings of one Galen Disston. Their debut, Can’t Talk Medicine, is out now via Small Press, which slips this little nugget into the press kit “...filled with found sounds and themes of mental illness.” The soul-rock duo Pyyramids (singer Drea Smith and OKGo bassist Tim Nordwind) will open the show.... Otherwise: Humphreys has an evening with Yes. The prog-rock staples will play three albums in their entirety. I’m a teen, shaking the gatefold of Fragile and singing along with Jon Anderson. He sounds lyrical. I sound like Edith Bunker...lo-fi locals Heavy Hawaii headline sets by Wild Ones and My Body at Soda Bar...this weekend’s “Destroy L.A.” hardcore festival finds its way to Ché Café on Sunday, as New York stalwarts Citizens Arrest (yeah, Ted Leo’s old group) roll down with Impulse, Fraud, and Disapproval.
From Hermosa Beach, hardcore hit Black Flag waves at Soma Monday night. This is Greg Ginn’s version — with Ron Reyes, Gregory Moore, and Dale Nixon — and they’re actually recording a new album. The first song from those sessions, “Down in the Dirt,” is up on the web as we speak. I tried like hell, just couldn’t get into it. Have to agree with the poster who wrote, “Black Flag is no Off!” Good for You and Wooly Mammoth take the Sports Arena stage first.... Another punk-rock stalwart, Sonny Vincent (the Testors, the Extreme, Mo Tucker?), is at Soda Bar with the Touchies and Dead on the Wire...“the Quentin Tarantino of rockabilly,” Chuck Mead, splits a bill at the Griffin with our own queen of outlaw country, Sara Petite. Ms. Petite’s planning to release her new one, Circus Comes To Town, in August...and the Nuge checks into House of Blues. Nutbag politics aside, the dude’s a rock ’n’ roll freak of nature. I’m a teen, shaking the gatefold of Intensity in 10 Cities and singing along. Ted sounds fierce. I sound like Edith Bunker.
From Paris, France, electro-swing Gypsy-jazz band Caravan Palace pulls into Belly Up. The septet is touring in support of its last record, Panic. The band has come a long way since improvising soundtracks to silent pornos (not kidding), recently being featured at the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival. The big band’s detours into trad jazz keep them honest and suggest serious chops.... If that’s not your cup, it’s Tiki Tuesday over at Bar Pink, where Secret Samurai will sling their surfy thing for the cocktail crowd...and Innerds, Corima, and Brian Ellis fill the Void with “experimetal” noize.
English new wave new romantic Adam Ant’s at the Balboa Theatre with the Good, the Mad, & the Lovely Posse, as the tour, like the title — Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter — just goes on and on and... L.A. glam-punk band Prima Donna up first.... Soda Bar serves up hard-rocking Supersucker Eddie Spaghetti. Mr. Spaghetti is touring in support of his first collection of “country-damaged metal,” The Value of Nothing. With Lauren Mann’s Fairly Odd Folk and like-minded locals Hard Fall Hearts, this should be a funyun.... Else: Daydream Nation books a bill at the Griffin, featuring L.A. indie hits Happy Hollows and Nightmare Air...while Cinci-based pop-punk Mixtapes roll at Ché Café after Last Call.
— Barnaby Monk