Stream the Crawler podcast for March 27-April 2! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Grease-punk preacher Reverend Horton Heat will wrap up his short week at Casbah Thursday night. Heat’s touring in support of his latest rockabilly record, Rev, and will headline sets by death-o-billy Danes Nekromantix (they’ve got a lot of coffin-shaped gear) and L.A.-based soul-country slinger Deke Dickerson.... Tin Can Ale House will fill a Cholo Punks bill up on Bankers Hill, featuring blown-out-surf borderland bands Northern Tigers and Electric Healing Sound and, from the O.C., garage-punk quartet Jaded Juice Riders.... “Like a unicorn in an industrial wasteland,” L.A. staples Bella Novela and high-class-act Fartbarf split a bill at Bar Pink in North Park.... Lettuce heads will roll into Belly Up for a night of Chowdah-head funkification. Boston octet Lettuce is a jam band of the Earth, Wind, & Herbie Hancock brand and they are out to tout their new Velour Records set, Fly. Hit up the interwebs for a taste of toe-tapper “Ziggowatt” or the supreme vocal track “Do It Like You Do,” and then shine up your skids, kids, because this one’s gonna get 50 shades of funky.
Soda Bar stages barroom punks Bad Sports Friday night. The Texas trio features guitarist/singer Orville Neeley of ’77 proto-punk five-piece OBN IIIs. Bad Sports are rolling behind this year’s recommendable Dirtnap record Bras. (Do NOT Google “Bad Sports Bras” at work.) The new one leaves behind the Denton garage din for some outsider glam a la Dead Boys and power-pop hookery a la Cheap Trick. Drop the needle anywhere, but if you’ve only got 2:49, track four, “Let Me In,” is the proof, the pudding, and the spoon. L.A. alt-rock quartet Roll the Tanks and Dana Point rock-roll trio Vaguess open the show.... Up at Porter’s Pub at UCSD, West Coast hip-hop pioneer Too $hort rocks the mic behind last year’s “pimp-slapping” No Trespassing. Released via underground imprint Dangerous Records and rolling with rap royalty such as Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Devin the Dude, and E-40, No Tresspassing, in the parlance, struts with “high mileage”.... Best of the rest: a pair of stellar San Diego blues-rock bands, Neighbors to the North and Chess Wars, will split a bill at Seven Grand...SDMA winner Drew Andrews’s (Via Satellite, Album Leaf) new deal, Bit Maps, pulls into Whistle Stop after lo-fi psych-pops Tropical Popsicle...Casbah fills a fine four-course locally grown bill-of-fare, featuring Transfer, Okapi Sun, Hong Kong Fuzz, and Octa#Grape...while the all-ages stage at Soma sets up British metalcore hits Bring Me the Horizon Friday and Sunday nights. The quartet’s touring in support of...nevermind, both shows are sold out.
The Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks gig at Casbah with Pavement-pounding openers Speedy Ortiz has been sold out for weeks, but the bands have added a date up at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Sunday night. I’m taking Monday off. In the mean time, check out Dryw Keltz’s interview with Speedy Otiz in this week’s Blurt.... If you lagged on the Jicks tickets, too, Soda Bar is staging its annual experimental guitar show, SDXG, featuring Octa#Grape’s Glen Galloway, Vabianna Santos, Clint McCallum, SDSU’s acoustic mad scientist David Lipson, T. Putnam Hill, and Santino Romeri. Chad Deal broke it down in this week’s Blurt, so flip or click there if you’re interested in the ker-r-a-a-ang gang...retro troubadour Jimmy Ruelas plays Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week at Seven Grand...Ken Club fills a she-leaning trash-punk bill with Poontang Clam, the Revulot Chix, and the Batlords...L.A. punk-poet Jason Cruz and his 20-year rant vehicle Strung Out will be at Belly Up Saturday after our own organ-grinding dance-punk band the Creepy Creeps...while back downtown, Kenny Metcalf plays his tried-and-true tribute Elton John — The Early Years at House of Blues. Metcalf is a featured performer on the AXS TV show Worlds Greatest Tribute Bands. Yes I have my ticket, and yes I will be in sequin platforms.
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