Stream the Crawler podcast for June 19-26! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
When L.A. underground cult rapper Murs signed to TechN9ne’s Strange Music, it seemed inevitable he’d collaborate with the label’s Miami-based house band ¡Mayday! for a West-meets-East coast rap record. It was. He did. It’s out. And ¡MursDay! is one sick summer platter. According to Murs in its “Intro,” “Brace yourself for some of the best music you’ve heard in the past uhhhhhh 40 years.” While according to the rap writer at Allmusic, “¡MursDay! comes off like a thrilling comic book team-up issue on wax.” Yu-huh, see “Bitcoin Beezy.” Murs and ¡Mayday! are going to tag team the mic at Casbah after our own Brendan B & the Breaks Thursday night. DJ Gar Gar spins ’round sets.... Best of the rest: Burning of Rome, Mursic, and Boy King fill an indie-eclectic locals-only bill at Club 207 in the Hard Rock Hotel downtown...L.A. garage-pop quartet Killola, touring in support of their latest, No Class, hit Bar Pink after grungy Long Beach trio Spare Parts for Broken Hearts...while electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her plugs in at Belly Up behind their new one, Future Souls. “Customers who bought this also purchased Tegan and Sara, PJ Harvey, and The L Word: The Complete Series.”
From Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that country-fried rockabilly trio Southern Culture on the Skids takes the stage at Casbah Friday night. According to their Wiki page, “SCOTS’ music is generally very upbeat, as they usually write and perform songs about dancing, sex, and fried chicken.” The fun-loving rowdies have even been known to toss a bucket of the latter and some banana pudding for dessert on their fans during shows. Dress accordingly. Dave Good Of Noted this one this week, so flip or click there for his rock-writerly take on the band. Locals Secret Samurai open the show.... Else: if you’re felling like a laugh, fresh off Kevin Hart’s “Laugh at My Pain and Let Me Explain” tour comes comedy trio Joey Wells, Will “Spank” Horton, and Na’im Lynn, aka the Plastic Cup Boyz, who will vizit House of Bluez...Good Riddance frontman Russ Rankin plays the Soda Bar behind his latest solos set Farewell Catalonia...while the Merrow (née Ruby Room) will be serving up the Color Me Badd crew’s tribute stew Stones ’N Roses. You get your Rolling Stones, your Guns ’N Roses, and of course your Stone Roses from the mash-up artsists who once brought you Geezer From the Crypt! Local Oasis tribute Foasis will open this second-wave British Invasion night at the Hillcrest hideaway.
The Bujwah Strangers’ Bujwah Bonanza kicks off two days of awesome at Til-Two. Just to name a few Day Oners: Chango Rey, the Kabbs, the Cardielles, Shiva Trash, Stalins of Sound, Amerikan Bear, Travesura, the Abigails. Day Two delivers the goods, too, with the Nformals, Johnny Deadly Trio, Gone Baby Gone, Barbarian, and Wild Wild Wets. For the full list of bands and set times, hie thee here: tiltwoclub.com/calendar/.... Otherwises: 30-year strong Nardcore quartet (hardcore from Oxnard) Dr. Know headlines sets by Death Eyes (Death Crisis + Rats Eyes) and Ghetto Blaster to fill a fun punk bill at Soda Bar...the folk-rocking Jessica Lea Mayfield plays Casbah behind her “grunge-alternative rock album Make My Head Sing.” A significant departure for the typically demure, minimalist Mayfield, who has moved out from under Dan Auerbach’s guiding hand to find her “inner Dave Grohl.” Ew. With Israel Nash and Midnight Pine, this is a super-solid triple bill for fans of the indie-folkie brand...miss the door at Casbah but are still looking for that singer-songer sorta night, Grampadrew, Shawn Rohlf, and Trailduster fill an alt-country bill up on Bankers Hill at the Tin Can Ale House.... Up in La Jolla, Oaktown’s underground rap attack Souls of Mischief play Porter’s Pub at UCSD. Drawing comps to De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest for their “whimsical style of storytelling” and jazz-funk-infused tunes, the crew’s out to tout this year’s There Is Only Now, which is not due to drop till July 15, but maybe hit up the merch guy for a little sumpin’ sumpin’.
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