Stream the Crawler podcast for June 12-18! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Happy Father’s Day, daddy-o's. You got a bunch of funyuns to choose from: L.A. alt-rock act Failure (“During their seven-year tenure in the ’90s, they recorded with Steve Albini, toured with Tool, and covered Depeche Mode”) is back at it and playing House of Blues behind this year’s tour-only EP Tree of Stars. According to Stereogum, “It’s very good and very ’90s”...if you prefer to leave that decade where it is, Detroit dance punk band Electric Six drive this year’s Mustang into Casbah after Yip Deceiver and Badabing...West Coast rapper and Grammy nominee Afroman (“Because I Got High”) has the mic at Porter’s Pub...while Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, aka the Both, play Belly Up behind this year’s debut s/t set, which, according to Pitchfork, “conjures 1970’s pop energy.” I am digging “Milwaukee” as I type and will def. put a clip of it in this week’s podcast.
Whistle Stop looks to be one of the go-to rooms for this year’s U.S. men’s team World Cup soccer matches. The South Park bar will open its doors early for the 3 o’clock kick-off against Ghana on Monday the 16th. They got ’em showing on their big-screen...and then Monday night at Soda Bar, it’ll be old-school Oi! punks the Business with the Attack and Rat City Riot playing your RDA of loud and fast rock-roll.
Local country-fried quartet the High Rolling Loners have a CD-release thing at Soda Bar Tuesday night. Jay Allen Sanford gave you the goods on Match and Kerosene in a recent “Record-release roundup” Blurt if you want to suss that out. Mud Grass and Abe West in support.... After a four-year hiatus, Rhode Island rapper/spoken wordsmith Sage Francis is back with a new joint, Copper Gone, which he will deliver to Belly Up Tuesday night after MC Sleep of East Coast hip-hop collective Oldominion.
Outta room, so real quik, humpnight hits like this: psych-pop Burger Records band Tomorrow’s Tulips takes the Soda Bar stage with this year’s Experimental Jelly. The Memories and Telling Lies open the show...Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison is Owl John, and he lands at Casbah after Withered Hand...Bat Lords, Requiem for Rockets, and Sleeping Ghost fill a trash-punk bill on Bankers Hill at the Tin Can Ale House...while All My Rowdy Friends will be at the bottom of Fifth paying tribute to the music of Hank Williams, Jr. at the House of Blues. Yee freaking haw.