Goofy Canada band Jelly Boyz will play the Ché Café campus collective on Sunday. The blink-y quartet’s just out of high school with eight ears dialed deftly (and deafly, given the volume) into ’90s pop-punk. Open Letters and Nimzo Indians up first.... Closer to town, and twenty-fourteen, O.C. ponk trio City Mouse scurries into Bar Pink after Hunky Newcomers and Rebels & Traitors (Dan Padilla).... SanDago’s silly carny rockers Silent Comedy set up at Casbah for two nights. On Sunday Heavy Guilt and Deadly Birds warm the room, while on Monday it’ll be Family Wagon and blues-rock Angelenos Robert Jon & the Wreck. There’s some anguish on the web about a music video Silent Comedy made. I just don’t care enough to follow the vine and swallow the wine. I’m a beer drinker, and I prefer my rock free of contrivance.
From Wilmington, North Carolina (the port city made famous by Cape Fear), smoke-doom trio Weedeater mows down Soda Bar Monday night after Bay Area doom duo and Southern Lord labelmates Black Cobra. Loud-ass locals Archons and Eukaryst also in on this cavity rattler.... On the other side of the Heights, Til-Two revives Flatliners. The 11-year Ontario band is touring in support of their latest, Dead Language, a Fat Wreck set that finds the hardcore quartet mining more melodic terrain. Nonja worry, though, these guys still light up the burners à la Cavalcade onstage. Like-minded locals Sic Waiting set it up.... San Diego’s favorite lo-fi ’Zonie (though I hear now he’s in Olympia?) Stephen Steinbrink’s at the Ché Café on Monday. Dude’s last two discs, Drew a Picture and Arranged Waves, describe a guy submerged in mono and working in stereo. Though not very challenging, Steinbrink’s throwback pop is infectious, e-z bake listening.
I’m out of room and it’s only Tuesday. A’ight, real quik: technical supergroup the Aristocrats (featuring Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, and Bryan Beller — look ’em up) plug in at Brick by Brick after SanFran band Points North for your recommended daily allowance of proggy rock and roll...while D.P.I., the Touchies, and Sculpins fill a fun punk bill at Casbah.
“The universe is like a pinball machine and Mr. Tube is the music.” The man and his dubby back-alley cats the Flying Objects land at Casbah after Ilya and Bartender’s Bible for your best humpnight bet.... Else: Rush tribute Fred Barchetta rolls into Brick by Brick...synth-pop solo roller Dent May’s at Soda Bar with our own Jeans Wilder...psychobilly trio Hard Fall Hearts beat Til-Two after Sewer Rats and the Black Jackits...while Ché Café stages loopy bassist/composer CJ Boyd. Nothingful, Secret Fun Club, and Big Bad Buffalo roam in first.