With Vacation, bedsit recorder Matt Adams announces the arrival of his fully realized Blank Tapes, the L.A.-via-Bay Area psych-pop band that has dipped K-Tel deep into ’70s summer fun. It’s a guilt-free bubble-gum-rock collection that’s as infectious as it is curing, charming even this punk-bit bastard with its stoned Archies hooks and joyful John Lennon-y vox. Suss out “Coast to Coast” on the web for a road test. The Tapes roll into the Void after Blackfeet Braves, New Mexico, and Muscle Beech for what should be the show to see Thursday.... Else: hard rock hits Ruby Room, as loud-ass locals Lord Howler join SLIG from San Pedro to light up the Hillcrest hideaway...San Diego’s rock ’n’ soul sister Tori Roze and her Hot Mess will spill it at Bar Pink in North Park...Charlie Haden’s pianoman Alan Broadbent visits Dizzy’s new digs inside P.B. Jet Ski behind his new disc Heart to Heart...and E-40’s cuz, the “hyphy” hip-hop hit and self-described “devastating mouthpiece” Turf Talk, takes the mic at Porter’s Pub at UCSD.
I was all jazzed to wax rhapsodic about Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala and the effect last year’s Lonerism has had on my household — “Dude! Seriously?! Again?!” — BUT, they sold out House of Blues pretty quick, so you are spared.... I missed the tix, anyway, so let’s talk about Fear! Lee Ving and his L.A. hardcore quartet broke with the classic punk film Decline of Western Civilization and a notorious early episode of SNL, on which the band (and a floor full of moshers that included John Belushi and Ian MacKaye) destroyed the set during Fear classic “New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones.” Fear takes the stage at Casbah after our own punk-rawk throwbacks Sculpins and Stalins of Sound, with Records by Roger's Roger Lane spinning ’round sets.... Oaktown’s rock-bop trio Shannon & the Clams, touring in support of this year’s crit hit Dreams in the Rat House, will join lo-fi loverly Collen Green and like-minded locals Heavy Hawaii on a bill that is so going to fill the Void Friday night.... Comedy rock’s on tap up the street at the Soda Bar with Captured! by Robots, Grammatical B, Alpha Channel, and Marco Polo.... Best of the rest: Tin Can Ale House has garage rock by Natives, Gentlemen of Verona of Belgium, and the Pheasants...from Albuquerque, gypsy-folk duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw splits a bill at the Loft at UCSD with local singer/songer John Meeks...while blues-rock duo, and ex–San Diegans, Little Hurricane blows into Belly Up after hard-rockin’ SanFran band Stone Foxes.
That Kids gig at Shakedown (and, apparently, their West Coast tour) has been canceled due to some trivial travel snafu out of their native Belgium. But that won’t stop Barnesy and the boys, who knocked down the cover and are still setting up one hella punk’d smorgasbord, with Widows, Sex Crime, the Embalmers, the Chemicals, and the Junk.... Winstons in O.B. has a tits trio of rock-roll bands Saturday night, with sonic soul by local favorites Heavy Guilt and Hills Like Elephants and Santa Monica’s folkie poets We Are the West. Tits. There, I said it again.... And, also, L.A. skate-punk band FIDLAR drops in at the Ché Café after Tan Sister Radio...Palace Ballroom and Beautiful View split an indie-rock bill be at Bay Park bar the Griffin...while guitarist Johnny “V” Vernazzo cracks the seal on his new CD, Lions & Thieves, at the rethunk Kona Kai Resort.
Sunday night appears to be ladies’ night, with pop chanteuzzies Lisa Loeb and Gayle Skidmore splitting a bill at Casbah...Aussie alt-pop singer/songwriter Lenka at Soda Bar...Scottish electropop trio Chvrches up at Belly Up...and from Knoxville, TN, Indie Music Award winners and Billboard climbers (behind this year’s v. recommendable Americana collection Runaway Freeway Blues) the Black Lilies at the Griffin.
Orange County’s Cali-pop five-piece the Steelwells kick off a month of Mondays at Casbah. This week, Midnight Pine, Family Wagon, and Heart Beat Trail open the show.... The Ché Café stages Bay Area hardcore band Ceremony, touring in support of their Matador debut, Zoo. Blank Realm out of Brisbane, Australia, and Suspect will get the pit spinning.... English folk-rock act Mumford & Sons delivers their singy, stringy muzac at Sleep Train, appropriately enough.
Dave Good gave you the goods on the Parquet Courts show at the Ché in this week’s Of Note. I’m here to tell you, I’m still grinning spinning last year’s Light Up Gold, which no indie disc has done to me since Slanted & Enchanted, which it kinda reminds me of, y’know, if Spiral had listened to those Descendents cassettes Malkmus gave him. Fucking Spiral. Anyway, Shiva Trash blows in first and I’ll see you on campus, punky.... Udder mentionables: PortlAnd “doom-fraggle” bAnd And And And’s at Soda Bar with Sun Angle and Hello Penelope...91X Loudspeaker delivers Brooklyn-based duo XNY (“A hot creative mess that throws loud drums and jackhammer guitars at heaven’s door,” oh boy) to the Griffin, after Ocean Hands...doom-rock trio Deep Sea Thunderbeast will take down the Tin Can with Jersey juggernaut Brick Mower...while just down the Fifth Ave. hill, slithering Scott Weiland visits his “Purple at the Core” tour on House of Blues on Tues. Weiland will be performing songs from the first two STP records, Core and Purple.
I’m up to my noseholes init, kids, so real quik with your humpnight highlights: from New Orleans, indie-pop duo the Generationals will play Casbah behind this year’s well-received Heza, a collection of easy, breezy cubicle rock. Young Empires up first...East Coast R&B crooner SoMo’s at Porter’s Pub with hip-hop ’Sconnie Nick Luebke...and blues slinger Walter Trout (Canned Heat, John Mayall) will follow San Diego’s blues-rock staple, the Blitz Brothers, at Belly Up.
— Barnaby Monk