What do you get when you fLUF up your Olivelawn with Trumans Water? Yuh-huh, Octa#Grape. The blown-cone quartet is about as dissonant as a band can be and still sing and bring the hook. Cases in point, last year’s tasty teaser EP Emotional Oil and this year’s long-player Red UFO. I didn’t drop a track transferring the files to all my devices, and there isn’t another band in town I can say that about. (Sorry, all the other bands in town.) Also, Glen plays strapless and spastic and full of joy for melodic noise and well-sung non sequiturs. This’d be the gig to see Thursday night as the hashtagGrape takes the stage at NoPark hot spot Bar Pink behind the up-and-coming punk’d rocking Paper Thins, who, btw, had me at “Jawbox”.... Best of the rest: L.A. dance-punk remainders Moving Units deliver Neurotic Exotic to the Legends Ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel. Interscope artist Zander Bleck and our own Tropical Popsicle fill this buzzy bill...miss the door to that, just up the Fifth Ave. hill, Tin Can Ale House pops the top on Mini Apple rockers the Melismatics. The no-wave quartet is touring in support of this year’s Rising Tide. The local Swim Team dives in first...Sin City’s psych-punk four-piece Candy Warpop goes off at the Merrow (that’s the old Ruby Room in Hillcrest). Pleasure Fix warms you up...and grunge-rock survivors Pearl Jam hit Viejas Arena with Lightning Bolt, their tenth studio set. I took the Klondike Five Seconds to Glory™ challenge with it and whaaaat, it’s still spinning. (Mint chip, obv.)
Pitchfork, Jehu, Hot Snakes, Obits, holy shit, SD escapee Rick Froberg’s coming through town Friday night to play with and pick up Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place at Casbah. The bands’ll tour the Left Coast together. Obits are out to tout their new Sub Pop set, the very recommendable Bed and Bugs, which is immediate with the Brooklyn band’s garage-punk guitar rock (“It’s Sick”), with a splash of psychedelia (“Machines”) and, huh, ’70s soul (“Receptor”). White Murder and Phantom Ratio also on this thrill bill in Middletown.... Else: SanDago soul-pop duo Dr. Seahorse drifts into the Griffin after Ed Ghost Tucker and Neon Cough....English metalcore quintet Asking Alexandria delivers the chart-smashing From Death to Destiny to Soma’s mainstage after All That Remains....2 Tone ska revivalists the English Beat’ll be skanking up at Belly Up all weekend long...or get down downtown, as B-Side and Natty Vibes take the stage at House of Blues...and Montalban Quintet splits a bill with the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble at Whistle Stop for your USRDA of Certified Dance Jams.