Stream the Crawler podcast for March 20-26! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Texas alt-rock vets the Toadies hop into Belly Up on the 20-year anniversary tour of their commercial breakthrough, the platinum-selling Interscope set Rubberneck. This summer the band’s re-releasing the collection with five more songs from the sessions. Take a lick of the Toads hit “Possum Kingdom” for a refresher. Or just look at that iconic cover painting of the Tex-Mex soldier flying through a blood-red sky. If you arrange your records by year, Rubberneck is keeping company with Crooked Rain, Ill Communication, and The Lion King. Hakuna matata, brah, frequent tourmate Eddie Spaghetti and his Supersuckers will open the Big Rock Show.... I believe I’ll be club-hopping in NoPark, where Detroit diva Jessica Hernandez and her Deltas will be at Bar Pink behind their American goth-n-blues critical hit Demons. Big sound coming out of this quintet, bigger voice out of the slight fright Hernandez [cue the roar]...while retro cowgirl Lydia Loveless takes Seven Grand Somewhere Else — that’s the title of her Bloodshot Records debut, which Rolling Stone describes thusly: “Sounds like Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith slamming shots at a Midwestern dive bar while cowboys and punks brawl out back”.... On the other side of the mesa at Til-Two, Oaktown’s Chuck Berry-meets-the-Damned jam band Lecherous Gaze hits the backlot stage for a night of “psycho-delic shred-tastic ultra-hyphened rock-punk heavy jams.” For a taste of what’s in store, git to the interwebs and put some “Animal Brain” in your earholes. Dirty Fences and Wild Honey will set ’em up.
From São Paulo, Brazil, Boogarins bring the tropicalismo psych-pop of their new Fat Possum platter, As Plantas Que Curam (plants that heal, I guess), to Tower Bar. Ripped this from Pitchfork while Soundclouding the lead single: “Almeida and Ferraz are Brazilian, and it is impossible to listen to the album’s opening track, from its title — ‘Lucifernandis’ — to its gonzo, slightly out-of-time opening riff and not think Os Mutantes.” Dead nuts, Pitchfork. Fans of the brand would do well to get out to the Tower Friday night, and be sure to get there in time to catch local openers Amerikan Bear [cue the roar again].... The rest of you: if you’ve never been to a Nobunny show or seen Hunx and his Punx or dug Shannon and her Clams, those three ear-candy-for-kids bands will fill a punk’d lo-fi bill at the all-ages Irenic...Soda Bar’s serving up Pomona punk vets Total Chaos. It’s been 20 years since Rob Chaos released We Are the Punx, We Are the Future, a socio-poltikal street-punk manifesto set to hardcore music against racism, nationalism, and other stupid shit. Sculpins, Nerve Control, and Abject will keep the pit spinning.... Like your punk country-fried and more’n a little greazy? Nashville’s hell-raisin’ hillbillies Jason & the Punknecks will take down the Shakedown after SoCal working-class bluegrass punks Large Mouth Bastards.... Else: Illinoisey garage-punks and Aquarium Drunkard–approved five-piece Orwells are at Ché Café with their new EP, Who Needs You, after Chi-city’s glammy garage band Twin Peaks...while up at Belly Up, a double dose of Dave, as Wakeling’s 2-Tone ska revivalists the English Beat’ll be skankin’ up the Solana Beach stage on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hard-rocking locals Mower and P.O.D. will play outdoor sets at the new San Diego Harley Davidson showroom on Morena (backside of the P.B. Costco) from noon till 5 on Saturday. As of this typing, the weather forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy skies with a high of 65, winds out of the southwest at 11 mph. TMI? Hey, I live right above where they’re setting up the stage, so look west, wave hello, and buy me a motorcycle.... On Saturday night, from Brooklyn in New York, funky R&B band Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings bring their new thing, Give the People What They Want, to House of Blues downtown. The fairy tale continues for soul dynamo Jones, who has this on her Facebook page: “Finally I fit in...#baldband.” Ha!.... In the Really Big Rock Show category, alt-rock royalty Kings of Leon and L.A. up-and-comers Local Natives join a multi-band bill at the Sleeptrain Amphitheatre in Chula Vista.... Best of the rest: Casbah fills a psychedelic rock-roll bill with Loons, Schitzophonics, Los Sweepers, and Grim Imperials, all of whom will be playing under an Operation:Mindblow liquid-light show...while San Dago dance-rock band Gone Baby Gone takes the stage at Bar Pink after L.A. dirt-pop trio Sad Robot.
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