The Casbah crowd will be celebrating the club’s 25-year run as San Diego’s credible showcase of up-and-coming alternative bands and a must-play stage for many underground and international acts. The Birch North Park Theatre will host a panel of the venue’s founders and followers who will speak to the role the Casbah has played in their lives, while sharing images and stories of the Middletown mainstay’s highlights through the years. The Casbah has certainly had an influence on what I do for a living, and though I don’t make it in as often as I used to, when I do, the rush of personal bests — sharing the big booth with the Black Lips (we spoke with wicked convincing French accents), chatting up David Yow on the smoking patio (“Scratch Acid was the Creedence of punk” — I know, can’t believe I said it either), tackle-hugging a sweat-drenched Dean Wareham after Luna’s final show (cringe moment), and giving Will Oldham very specific and completely wrong directions to his hotel among them — is a constant soul bump. Many thanks to Tim Mays and crew for the years of inspired and inspiring entertainment.... After that, if you’re feeling like a thing and a drink, walk the block to Bar Pink where soul-jazz trio Krass Bros. and sonic experimentalists Hong Kong Fuzz split a heady bill at the NoPark hot spot...or roll over to Soda Bar for some Kisses. The Santa Monica couple’s Kids in L.A. is a pure pleasure platter of synth-warmed new wave. Taste them sugar-pop lips on “Funny Heartbeat.” Future disco Portlandian Jeffrey Jerusalem opens the show.... For you folks in North County, that baritoned bard White Buffalo roams into Solana Beach bar Belly Up. The traveling troubadour’s touring in support of his latest, the country-cooked concept record Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways.
From Brooklyn-via-Kyoto, garage-punk trio Ultra Bidé will play Til-Two Friday night. The group broke ground with an ’80s no-wave sound that caught the ear of the DK’s Jello Biafra. Ultra Bidé signed to Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles record label for stateside debut God Is God Puke Is Puke, and the rest is underground history. The bass-and-drum fuzz-punks are out to tout this year’s DNA vs. DNA-C, which one astute East Coast crit describes thusly: “The trio’s dual bass and drum attack is a monster that pounds you ever so thick and creamy, into a custard donut cooked by Satan.” Dangerous and delicious! With Behind the Wagon, the Steinbacks, and Man Vs. Man opening the show, you should go.... Miss the door in Silly Heights, though, slow-core folkies Pure Bathing Culture (Vetiver) wash up on the other side of the mesa at Soda Bar. Seattle surf-wop sisters La Luz (Hardly Art) and our own garage-pop trio Flaggs set up this sweet sleeper...Tower Bar’s got a fun-filled indie-eclectic bill, featuring Gloomsday, Pheasants, Chess Wars, and Shovel...“a psych-rock band in pop clothing,” L.A.-based Young Creatures and SanDago’s hard-rocking Brothers Weiss (Family Wagon) split a bill at Whistle Stop...post-core quartet Silver Snakes slither into Ché Café to celebrate The Year of the Snake, their latest, out now via Bridge Nine Records. Like-minded locals Griever and Children of God will get the pit spinning...Latin-rock Los Angelenos Ozomatli set up for two nights at Belly Up Friday and Saturday...and any way you want it, that’s the way you need it, DSB plays the HOB, cranking out all your guilty-pleasure hits, secret Journey fan.
I’m hoping to hear where Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver will be playing their warm-up show(s) this week, if anybody knows — anybody? Their annual in-from-the cold (Minneapolis and Seattle) Casbah show Saturday night (with Smile and Well Strung to Hang) will surely be a highlight of the club’s monthlong anniversary party, but I already got tix for Wooden Shjips, which docks at Soda Bar Saturday night. The SanFran psych-rock band’s Back to Land (out now on Thrill Jockey) has been a constant for me for several weeks, and with cosmic rockers Carlton Melton and our own spaced-out Tar Halos opening the show, I just can’t not go.... Oh, and to make Saturday matters worse, check out these three top-shelf shows going on at the same time: Kevin Barnes and Of Montreal are at the Irenic behind last year’s super-beautiful psych-pop set Lousy with Sylvianbriar...Nicky Diamonds and Islands visit the Griffin behind their comebacker, Ski Mask...and O.C. skate-punk perennials Bl’ast go off at Brick by Brick after the original Ashes to Ashes lineup of Final Conflict. With loud-ass locals Systematic Abuse and Evacuate getting the pit spinning, this is one for the ages for you fans of the hardcore brand.
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