The Residents of Amsterdam. With 40 records and 34 “Premonitions” over 33 years, the experiment that is the Legendary Pink Dots continues tonight at Casbah. Avant-gardeans Edward Ka-Spel and Phil (“the Silverman”) Knight are the original piano-playing pair that got the Dots rolling in 1980 club-kid London before relocating to the more progressive Amsterdam, where their psychedelic smorgasbord of rock-meets-head took root, growing for over three decades of continuous recording, touring, and more recording. Fans of the Residents, Tuxedomoon, Skinny Puppy, even Flaming Lips and MGMT (if listened to at a certain angle) will find something to sink their mind into at an LPD gig. Need a primer, start scanning the interwebs for some Crushed Velvet Apocalypse or 9 Lives to Wonder for a smattering of the artists’ super-weird death jazz.... Miss the door in Middletown and just have to get your glitch-funk on, from Detroit, “Pretty Busted & Jank” producer/saxophonist GRiZ hits House of Blues behind his latest, Mad Liberation. I don’t normally dig sample-happy cats, but this 21-year-old rips classics. Just check out what he does with “Dream On”: soundcloud.com/griz/dream-on-griz-remix.... Best of the rest has Moscow-born/-based electro-house producer Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd, at Soma (like Skrillex stroganov)...singer-songers Joe Pug, Jesse LaMonaca, and Vandeveer fill a dark-Americana bill at Soda Bar...folk-punk acousticat Paul Baribeau takes the stage at Ché Café...and ’80s radio staples Teri Nunn and Berlin (“The Metro,” “Take My Breath Away” he typed while images of Kelly McGillis flashed in his head) will be at Belly Up behind their brand new Animal.
International rock ’n’ soul revue King Khan & the Shrines will pack the Casbah Friday night. The Berlin-based big band’s latest, Idle No More, is every bit the party platter we’ve come to expect from the musically ADHD-afflicted Khan, who infuses and confuses his ’50s toga-party send-ups with ’60s psych-rock, ’70s punk, and a whole lotta brassy bap and free jazz. Khan is a consummate showman who will goose you with his eyes and blow your mind with his R&B croony if sometimes Vegas corny greasy-garage-borne bellow. No dis on BBQ (I love the guy), but Khan needs a band, and the sensational Shrines are capital-I It. With Hell Shovel, Teenage Burritos, and Shake Before Us opening the show, this is the gig to get to this week, month, year.... Miss tix to that, Bay Area troubadour Sean Hayes joins SanFran psych-pop band the Blank Tapes at the Griffin...stoner-metal Portlandians Red Fang will be rocking Brick by Brick with Whales and Leeches and Helms Alee and Wild Throne (which used to be Dog Shredder)...punk rawkers the Widows and Cedar Fire heat up Whistle Stop...while Los Angeleno barroom band Wires in the Walls split a Bar Pink bill with like-minded locals Oh, Spirit.
“Hey, is Dee Dee home?” Psych-rock locals the Loons headline sets by classics curators the Rosalyns, fuzz-pop sonics by Schitzophonics, and the Thundering Chinese Rocks to fill a fun throwback bill at Casbah. This one’s stacked with she-shredders, so you swirly-light-gazers stand in the back, chick-rocker-stalkers up front. Just joshing, ladies, everyone knows stalkers hang in the back.... Records by Roger presents Oxnard, Cali, nardcore crews Stalag 13 and the Grim at Midway punk club the Shakedown. SanDago’s own loud ’n’ fast favorites Kodiak and Ramp Locals will get the pit spinning. Roger’s at the decks between sets.... Too uppity? Prefer to keep your down low? How about the Huffington Post–approved mood-music duo Houses. The L.A. couple’s got a storied...story, which I won’t behead you with here; suffice to say that Amp Live opens the Soda Bar show...metalcore Michiganders We Came as Romans march into Soma after Silverstein...and Last in Line (Dio’s original band) is up at Ramona Mainstage. Dude, check this out: “Ghost of Ronnie James Dio Spotted at Last in Line Concert.” Go read that shit at Loudwire and watch the video right f!!!ing now.
When the J. Roddy Walston and the Business gig at Soda Bar was announced, I made a note that a couple local musicians who I respect a bunch got “all gushy about it.” These guys don’t gush often, so I’m sitting here listening to snippets off of the Biz’s new record, Essential Tremors. Getting a lot of classic Southern rock sieved through My Morning Jacket’s glam-pop filter. Great tone and just the right amount (low to no) of production for the material. Easy to imagine the Baltimore quartet killing it onstage. Atlanta indie-rock trio Gringo Star up first in advance of their new deal, Floating Out to See, which is due to drop next week.... Else: Princeton emo punks Saves the Day play the Irenic...Savannah’s sludge-metal heads Kylesa stack ’em at Brick by Brick behind their new critical hit, Ultraviolet...and Colorado’s classic alt-country quintet Drag the River’s at Bar Pink with Mike Donovan, who apparently pulled the plug on Sic Alps last month and this month will release his Drag City solo debut, Wot.
From Nagasaki, garage-rock power trio Guitar Wolf visits Soda Bar behind their 11th studio set of “jet rock ’n’ roll,” the unashamedly (or is it ESL?) titled Beast Vibrator. With Atlanta’s noisy female foursome the Coathangers setting it up, this’d be the gig to see Monday night...unless you like the Dodos, who land at Casbah after Dustin Wong. That’s a peachy double bill, even though I haven’t had time for the Dodos’ latest, Carrier, which is getting some critical love for shrugging off the duo’s folk-imploding tendencies for sonic shapeshifting. Yay, guitar.
Scottish alt-rock staples Primal Scream will be at Belly Up behind this year’s More Light, a collection that fuses Bobby Gillespie’s go-to “dreamy acoustic psychedelia and white-knuckled krautrock propulsion” with a political reawakening that could be traced to the death of the Iron Lady, who gets more of her fair share of piss here, and that’s a poetically perfect segué to say Wild Wild Wets opens the show.... Also upthatway, Memphis hip-hop hit Yo Gotti’s got the mic at Porter’s Pub at UCSD. The Southern rap artist is out to tout his sixth studio set, I Am, which follows last year’s Billboard climber Live from the Kitchen, with more character-driven songs and a bumping single in the Young Jeezy–assisted “Act Right.” Check it: soundcloud.com/yogottikom/yo-gotti-act-right.
I’m way over, so-o-o-o, humpnight has Saviours and Archons filling the Void with punk-metal noise...while Long Beach psych-rock six-piece Crystal Antlers duck in down the street at Soda Bar after ya dig Ditches...indie-pop quartet Oliver Trolley pulls into the Loft after Sikh alt-rock hit Hargo...and Rock-Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell takes the stage at Belly Up behind our own one-man blues band Low Volts. Babam.
— Barnaby Monk