Christopher Owens’s backstory reads like about a billion dollars’ worth of psychotherapy, unless you got the guy’s pop chops and ability to turn such straw into gold; e.g. (and way beside the point, I know), the onetime cult baby was the face of last summer’s Yves Saint Laurent Paris line?! Anyway, after blowing up his indie-adored band Girls, Owens cut the cord from that precious plateau with this year’s curious Lysandre, a half-hour “prog-folk concept album overstuffed with sax and flutes” (Pitchfork, which Pitch-slapped the disc with a 6.5 score and even pulled out a Huey Lewis ref). It’s a breakup record (from Girls?) that sounds like it’s more for Owens than anyone. With every release, Owens has shown his hand and still wins. And with the confidence of success, he has grown by leaps into an engaging, entertaining showman. And brutal guitarist. He will play the all-ages Irenic in North Park after SanFran psych-pop band Melted Toys.... After that — I believe the Irenic has to shut down by 10p — haul ass to Casbah, where L.A. skate-punk four-piece FIDLAR’s dropping in with their new 14-song s/t set. The highly recommendable record is furious fun, sticking a tatty size-nine Chuck Taylor up the ass of SD’s pop-punk think-alikes, like blink, or the night’s headliners, Wavves. From London via SXSW, alt-rock quartet Cheatahs open the show.... Couple more good ones across town, as Austin psych-rock act Pure X joins Chasms and O.P.P. to fill the Void...and Brick by Brick stages Nashville noisecore band Today Is the Day after Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and Fight Amp.
From Hermosa Beach, melodic hardcore quartet Pennywise checks into House of Blues for two nights of radio-hosted shows Friday (91X) and Saturday (94/9). The 25-year vets are touring in support of last year’s Epitaph set All or Nothing, a record made with replacement singer Zoli Téglás, who has since left the band with a bad back. Show’s gotta go on, right? Bring back founding vocalist (and UCLA-trained transcendental lyricist!) Jim Lindberg. Should be two good nights of old-school punk ’n’ roll, actually, with O.C. metalcore crew Death by Stereo and Steeltown stalwarts Anti-Flag setting ’em up both nights.... Best of the rest: local psych-folk favorites the Donkeys take the stage at Soda Bar after Low Volts and John Meeks for a night that’ll render as much groove as grease...Til-Two and Records with Roger present Oxnard punx Ill Repute (“Nardcore!”), with our own Ghetto Blaster, Death Crisis, and Diatribe for one hella hardcore hoedown...Sinner’s Sermon Unplugged (featuring frequent flyer Zander Schloss of the Circle Jerks) takes the bloody pulpit at Brick by Brick after “filth-rock” Los Angelinos Freakstar...and the Bee Cave(?!), Texas–based singer/songwriter Bob Schneider will play Belly Up behind this year’s Burden of Proof, his 12th studio set, after accordion comic Matthew Patrick Davis and “breakup rock” by the up-and-coming Palace Ballroom.
On a West Coast tour, following up five sets at SXSW, “flower punk” Atlanta band the Black Lips will take over Casbah this weekend. For the better part of a decade, the Lips have been a favorite act of mine to find live. First time I took my gf to a Lips show (Good Bad Not Evil), she knew the tunes and caught the buzz, as well as a pair of skivvies soaked in beer. “They’re like a boy band from HELL!” she spat as she wormed her way to the ladies’ room. She probably won’t want to go this weekend, which offers openers Night Beats and Beach Party on Saturday and Night Beats and Wild Wild Wets on Sunday.... It’s time for the annual installment of the San Diego Experimental Guitar show at Soda Bar. Chad previewed the proceedings in this week’s Blurt (“Infinite sound”), if you’ve an interest. If not, let’s sum it up: SDXG2013’s featured performers are Scott Nielsen, Bart Stull, Clint Davis (Memorial Cervix), Demetrius Antuna (ANA/KATA), Rafter, and Wages.... Else: the Griffin’s mixing dance-jam bands by staging SD’s best in ska, the Amalgamated; funk ’n’ soul, Stevie & the Hi-Staxx; and reggaeton, T. Irie Dread.
“December 2012 is not the end of the world but is in fact when Keith Richards is gonna tell the world that the Rolling Stones are stepping down and Natural Child is the new best band in the world.” No, it didn’t happen, but still, Soda Bar will stage the Nashville-native rock-roll trio with Pangea and Fletcher C. Johnson.... Tower Bar’s hosting a Bujwah party Sunday: the Bujwah & Burger Bonanza. Bujwah’s the East County skate crew that grew a clothes line from a trunk in the ferdent soil outside San Diego’s punk clubs. Fun bill features Gap Dream (rad), the New Rivers, Pool Honeys, Little Girl Blue, Cosmonauts (tré rad), and Traumahelikopter. The shizz kicks off at 12p.... Utterwise: from Charlotte, NC, the hard-rocking 21st Century Goliath is here to take down the Shakedown...while the Griffin puts on Dinner and a Suit.
Cincy-based blues-rock quartet Heartless Bastards hit Casbah on Monday. Front woman Erika Wennerstrom — fat tone, killer pipes — tore down a tasty trio (signed to Fat Possum and doing just fine, btw) and rebuilt the band into a four-piece, four-on-the-floor muscle machine that rocks a touch more than it rolls. The new group’s debut, Arrow, was one of last year’s unsung keepers. Country skrunk Jonny “Corndawg” Fritz splitz this barn-burner of a bill.... What is it? Caught in a mosh! What is it? Caught in a mosh! etc., etc. The Metal Alliance Tour hits House of Blues and features Anthrax, revisiting their big breakthrough, Among the Living. The shredtastic heaviosity includes High on Fire, Exodus, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail.
Neutral Milkman Jeff Mangum will grace the stage at Spreckels Tuesday night. Dave broke that one down for you in this week’s Of Note, so flip or click to that for more on the reclusive indie icon. Tall Firs up first.... If/when that one sells out, trop-pop guru Snuffaluffagus sways Soda Bar with Idyll Wild and Island Boy.
Humpnight hits like this: Portland punx Raw Nerves will take the stage at Ché Café after Death Crisis and Age of Collapse...rocksteady royalty Toots & the Maytals and Tribe of Kings grace the stage at House of Blues...brassy Chico, Cali ska-punk septet Brass Hysteria joins SD punkabilly band Hard Fall Hearts at Shakedown...fuzz-pop Schitzophonics headlines sets at Casbah after Okapi Sun and the Nformals...and it’s Commune Wednesday out at Soda Bar, with moosic by Heavy Hawaii. Now get out.
— Barnaby Monk