Portland’s Blitzen Trapper hits Porter’s Pub at UCSD Saturday night. The alt-country quintet is out to tout its seventh studio set, VII (I feel ya), on which the band pulls back the reins on its rugged folk explorations and backwoods punk rawk for a more consistent, if one-dimensional record. I haven’t heard it, I’m culling these impressions from the www, but I have been to several Blitzen gigs and the band leaves it all onstage. For the artists’ full palette, I’d check out Wild Mountain Nation or Furr.... Til-Two’s Garage Rock Weekender continues with Queens, New York’s “super-rock” staples the Fleshtones. The 40-year-strong four-piece signed with Yep Roc in the early oughts and released a string of six rock-in-the-pocket sets that defy time, the latest of which indulge the typically hit-and-run band’s passion for classic R&B. Super group Split Squad (Fleshtones, Plimsouls, Blondie, Fenway Pahk — no kidding, the organist from Fenway’s in the band) open the show with our own Rosalyns and Chango Rey & His Broken Heartbeat.... Utter mentionables: trash-pop princess Palmyra Delran (founder of the Friggs) visits Tower Bar with Benny the Jet Rodriguez, Free Machines, and International Dipshit...and the Tin Can has Boise folk-grass four-piece Jonathan Warren & the Billy Goats set up with local folkies Black Sands and Ugly Boogie.
Skyrocketing dream-pop duo Cults delivers Static to the Irenic Sunday night. The Manhattan band’s sophomore set spills from its debut’s fuzzy lo-fi trappings with layers of frosting-sweet singing and gauzy guitar that suggest these kids have discovered the Cocteau Twins. Sacco and Mood Rings open the all-ages show.... Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra and his Guantanamo School of Medicine headline sets by Death Hymn #9, Tit Wrench, and Erleen Nada at Casbah. Biafra’s second set of sociopolitikal-snipering with the new group, White People and the Damage Done, is available now via Alternative Tentacles.... Jammy Kalamazoo band Greensky Bluegrass returns to Belly Up for another night of roots-raucous stringin’ and singin’. The fest faves are enjoying some commercial success behind their latest and greatest, Handguns, so the tour rolls on.
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