Stream the Crawler podcast for April 24-April 30! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Local electro-pop tribal-dance duo Okapi Sun will play a CD-release for their full-length debut, Techno Prisoners (sounds like take no prisoners) at Casbah. Dallas and Leo have been banging out hook-filled dance tracks since that “fateful introduction in a Berlin nightclub,” where they seem to have met their match. “Okapi Sun has one goal,” explains Dallas. “To make you move.” If you’re curious, the okapi (sounds like oh-cop-ee) is part giraffe, part zebra, a living oddity that represents the magical admixture of Okapi Sun’s future-retro songstyle. Hit up this week’s Crawler podcast for a sneak snippet of lead single “Johnny Kiss.” The hip-hoppin’, soul-boppin’ We Are Sirens will set it up. Saw the Sirens recently, and the trio put a charge into the room. Should be bouncy down on Kettner Thursday night.... Best of the rest is loaded with local fare, as Tin Can Ale House captures doom-metal dudes Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Megaton Leviathon, and Mega Crane for a cavity-rattler up on Bankers Hill...those “rock stars posing as a club act,” Joey Harris and his Mentals check into Soda Bar after Red Raucous and the Nformals...while out at the Black Cat Bar, Otis, Crooked Rulers, and Ching play a post-rock thing. This is Ching’s debut and features that acoustic alchemist Sasha Syeed of solo act Nothingful. This is Sasha’s first full band and it sounds good on him. I’m rolling a clip on this week’s podcast, so go get an earful of ching-ng-ng-ng.
“Reader on Tap” will pack the rehabbed North Park Theatre with lotsa local brewers and badass bands, including them organ-grinding surf-rock psychonauts the Creepy Creeps, one-man blues-punk band Low Volts, and Crawler favorites the Schitzophonics, whipping up that garage-rock froth they won an SDMA for. All your favorite Reader writers will be on hand to meet and greet, so dress nice! I’ll be the guy in the squirrel suit edging ever closer to the exit so’s I can catch Night Beats and Cosmonauts, who split a filthy garage-rock bill at Soda Bar. Seattle act Night Beats are out to tout Sonic Bloom, “an explosion of reverb-soaked rock and soul.” Amen on the record, but the zzazz they bring to the stage is what makes ’em grape. O.C. garage-trance band the Cosmonauts don’t suck either.... Elsers: Godspeed knockoffs (literally, I think some of the players are/were in Godspeed) Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra sets up at Casbah after Brooklyn-based psych-folk composer Mira Billotte’s White Magic...Neighbors to the North, Gloomsday, and Diana Death’s Johnny Thunders tribute Chinese Rocks will fill a bill on Bankers Hill at Tin Can Ale House...whilst Whistle Stop stages indie-eclectic sets by Widows, Grand Tarantula, and Atom Age...and Ilya and Identical Houses split a post-rock bill at the all-ages Irenic. Whenever I don’t know the answer to something, I say “post-rock.” Come to the Reader on Tap thing, you’ll see.
Adams Avenue Unplugged takes over University Heights Saturday and Sunday. Ex-Byrd Chris Hillman and ex-Plimsoul Peter Case are the featured performers. I believe they’re each playing one freebie and one not-so-freebie. Click this for more on that.... Mathcore Jersey boys Dillinger Escape Plan steal into Porter’s Pub at UCSD. Touring in support of their latest, One of Us Is the Killer, DEP have managed to make nice with the commercial world, but in a wicked smaht way, according to Spin. I couldn’t not rip this from Spin’s write-up: “...the band’s ethos embracing Ornette Coleman’s philosophy of harmolodics alongside hints of Mahavishnu Orchestra shred.” Whatever. Knob. DEP killit onstage and with Retox and Trash Talk setting it up, race you to the U.... The rest of you: local folkies River City flows into Tin Can Ale House after Black Sands and the Peripherals...House of Blues conjures heavy-metal Swedes Ghost after that “folk singer turned rock ’n’ roller for Lucifer” King Dude...and it’s ladies night at Casbah, as the Kettner club welcomes home Julie D (Drip Tank, Chinchilla, and the old Hillcrest Off the Record) and her up-and-coming Seattle act Cryptobebelem. Normally heard strangling strings, Ms. D plays drums in the all-she three-piece, which is getting some friendly press up in her adopted hometown. You also get San Diego’s salty supergroup the Rosalyns (Anja Stax, Lety Beers, Diana Death, Birdy Bardot, and Amy Gore), and Julie D’s Chinchilla will reunite for the night.
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