Stream the Crawler podcast for July 3-9! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Beyond the beehive, the ex-Ronnette/ex-Mrs. Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector (“Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain”), is enjoying a ride on the retro gravy train, rocking a haystack hairdo and touring behind her new Sony Legacy set The Very Best of Ronnie Spector, which includes a pretty chilly cover of Johnny Thunders’s “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory.” Push play on this week’s podcast for a clip of that. Ms. Spector graces the stage at the North Park Theatre Thursday night.... Soda Bar serves up Rusty Maples, the Vegas band that eschews its hometown’s chintzy glitz and draws inspiration from the desert it’s devouring. The folk-rocking foursome is all-Americana, vocally acrobatic, with a fair measure of beer-down barroom stompers. Fleet Foxes with more meat on their bones. Like-minded Los Angelenos Roof Beam Carpenters up first.... Else: heavy-metal mariachi band Metalachi and Weezer teasers Geezer split a funyun at Casbah...Nashville’s “jubilant, ’80s-inspired synth pop” quintet Wild Cub gambols into House of Blues after San Luis O’ rockers Night Riots...while just up Fifth in Bankers Hill, goth-rock band Stewardess lands at the Tin Can after Arms Away and Crooked Rulers. Stewardess features members of Spanakorzo, if you remember those guys. Dave Good got the goods on the resurfaced trio a couple issues back, in a fine piece called “Between vice and virtue.”
I’m an unashamed Onion headline browser and ripper-offer and thought this one was a fun reflection on the Fourth o’ July: “Coalition of Buzzed Cousins Issues Annual Greatest Nation on Earth Rankings.” It’ll be happening all over the country, as Soda Bar grills up an early one with psych-rock hot dogs Ringo Deathstarr. Austin’s noisy nu-gazers are touring in support of their latest, the interwebs-only Gods Dream EP. The action starts at 2p, with local faves Hills Like Elephants, the Cardielles, Killer Hertz, and Gloomsday.... South L.A. gangsta rapper Nipsey Hussle hits House of Blues Friday night. After shilling his Marathon mixtapes (for $100 a pop!), Nip’s going legit with a commercially priced XXL Recordings release called Victory Lap, due to drop this summer. Here’s the rapper on the record: “In 2014, we livin’ in a feature game. But I’m on some rap shit, I’m on some hip-hop, street shit, fully.” Fully.... Following the fireworks, Tower Bar’s got loud-ass locals Bloodflowers and Poontang Clam...while punkabilly trio Hard Fall Hearts plays Til-Two. Love their ethos: “We came here to rock your ass and chew bubble gum, and we are all outta bubble gum!”
I’ve been mesmerized by the new Amen Dunes disc Love. The creep-folk creak of its tunes and ghostly vocals recall a vibe I haven’t had since Sparklehorse’s wicked pissah It’s a Wonderful Life. Amen Dunes is solo roller Damon McMahon, a NYC songsmith whose outsider art also recalls Devendra Banhart’s earlier work and the backwoods-shack rock of the Palace Brothers. Find your own reference points in CD standout “Lilac in Hand” featured on this week’s Crawler podcast. Amen Dunes headlines sets at Soda Bar Saturday night after Axxas/Abraxas and Octagrape.... Best of the rest: Avalon Tattoo’s celebrating 25 years of inking America’s Finest citizens at Casbah, with a five-dollar(!) show featuring Creepy Creeps, Schitzophonics, and Love Hungry Men...“America’s favorite tribute to Journey,” DSB (Don’t Stop Believin’?), joins the Sons of Zap (curiously, not a Zappa tribute band) at House of Blues...the Merrow stages San Dago’s “symphonic metal” sextet Unicorn Death, with Botanist, Blood Dancer, and Trash Axis...while “Arizona’s best-kept secret,” the indie-lounge rag-singers Roar, plays the Ché Café with New Lungs and Bad Kids. FYI: the Ché’s days are numbered — they’re evicted as of July 13 — so if you’re looking for an excuse to stop in, this show’d be a fun one. And keep your eyes peeled here for the Big Gig on the 13th.
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