Former guitarist of the Gun Club, Cramps, Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, and one-time president of the Ramones Fan Club, Cali native Kid Congo Powers and his Pink Monkey Birds swing into Casbah Thursday night. The quartet is out to tout its third In the Red set, the funked-up, soul-fired Haunted Head. Congo’s stock in trade is a Screamin’ Jay play on early rock radio days, a Chuck Berry into dark arts. On HH, they play for mondos and cholos and weirdos and freaks (“Let’s Go!”), and check out their morphing of Jerry Lee Lewis and Phyllis Diller on “Killer Diller.” With the Loons, the Kabbs, and Hong Kong Fuzz filling this thrilling retro billing, it’s going to be a helluva night.... Best of the rest Thursday, finds Brooklyn-based indie-rock trio the Augustines at Soda Bar, touring in support of their new s/t set, after Seattle throwback grunge act My Goodness (Dave Good gave you the goods on the blues-based duo in this week’s “Of Note,” so flip or click there for more on them)...prolific alt-pop singer-songwriter — and voted Best of her kind at last year’s SDMAs — Gayle Skidmore takes the stage at the Merrow after Bay Area power-pop trio Dig the Kid...“six hip virtuosi helping to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic visits the Loft at UCSD, where they’ll show you how you play current pop-rock on classical instruments...and up at Belly Up in Solana Beach, Tex-Mex rock-rollers Los Lobos celebrate 40 years in la bamba biz.
Blow back that monkaphonic hair and rub in them monkalicious emollients, you sexy beasts, it’s my bloody Valentine’s Day, and big-cat couple Lion Cut’s got a roooaarmantic evening planned at Casbah, where the electro-pop duo will headline sets by the Dabbers, Penis Hickey, and DJ Ill Spectre spinning ’round the bands. C’mon, what’s sexier than a couple of catnip-frisky kooks dressed up to strut in whiskers and tails?... Banjo bands! Santa Cruz group Devil Makes Three will be at the HOB. The acoustic-roots rockers are touring in support of last year’s I’m a Stranger Here, which is getting props for its “slightly punky perspective on vintage American blues.” SanFran nugrass band Brothers Comatose open the show.... Else: Seven Grand’s staging Lige Curry & the Naked Funk Project. Lige is a 30-year vet of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership, holding down the bottom with his Bootsy Collins-trained bass...and there’re couple of Valentine’s Day dances uptown, as the Post-Apocalyptic Romance Burlesque hits Hillcrest hideaway the Merrow (that’s the old Ruby Room)...and Whistle Stop’s having a Sock Hop Dance Party, with the South Park DJ Collective spinning winning soul-jazz jams.
Pazz-n-jop singer-songer A.J. Croce’s got a new disc in the bins, Twelve Tales, and will be setting up at Lou’s Records in Encinitas for a nice little 4:30 solo set on Saturday. Croce recorded six singles (A and B sides) in six cities with six different producers for the compilation, and the movement shows in this eclectic batch.... In town Saturday night, if you’re into Really Big Rock Shows, there’s one of those at the Valley View Casinorena, where Sin City four-piece Imagine Dragons headline sets by Kiwi quintet the Naked and Famous and the Dragon man’s wife’s band Nico Vega. Imagine Dragons have crossed over all radio frequencies, age demographics, and product promotion parameters, becoming just about the biggest thing in the air right now. This year they won an American Music Award, a Grammy, and a Teen Choice Award for the Billboard-crippling single “Radioactive.” In case you haven’t heard it, it goes “Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive...” It’s in your head now, huh? You’re welcome.... Keeping it real in the clubs: garage-born band les Cardielles deliver their brand of surf ’n’ turf psychedelics to Til-Two. Check out high-water mark “Tijuana Slough” on their bandcamp page. The up-and-comers enjoyed an opening slot for Matthew Sweet last month. Go give ’em props, as these guys sound ready to go off...Soda Bar’s serving the My Morning Jacket–donning Desert Noises. The Provo-based four-piece’s new indie-rock record 27 Ways is due to drop end of March. Like-minded locals the Paragraphs and Oh, Spirit will set it up...while downtown, Diamond Dave–era Van Halen tribute band Fan Halen will be running with the devil at the House of Blues. Seen ’em. If you squint a bit, they’re pretty convincing.
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