Stream the Crawler podcast for May 22-28! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
The all-star garage group the Rosalyns (featuring members of the Loons, the Schitzophonics, Gore Gore Girls, New Kinetics, and Chinese Rocks) will headline sets at Casbah after Diddley Daddies, Grim Imperials, and Two Wolves (Dos Lobos?). Debuting at Ugly Things magazine’s 30th anniversary weekender last year, the Rosalyns pay tribute to girl groups of the past with a blast of present-day amplification and a little bit of garage-punk bitchiness, which I type with lots of r-e-s-p-e-c-t, ladies. Oh yeah, and they look amazing in their matching vintage dresses! The Rosalyn’s debut EP, Hide and Seek, is now available (on vinyl with a fine full-color picture sleeve) via Ugly Things Records, “featuring truly fabulous versions of ‘Der Hund von Baskerville,’ ‘Dream in My Mind,’ ‘Destroy That Boy,’ and ‘Hold On.’” They’ll be available at the show, or you can order them online at webstore.ugly-things.com. Mike Stax over at Ugly Things informs us that the Diddley Daddies were specially formed for this EP-release show and is made up of husbands of the Rosalyns: “Pat Beers of the Schitzophonics on guitar and vocals, me on bass and vocals, and Brian Reilly of the New Kinetics on drums. We’ll be serving up a set of punk R&B with an emphasis on Bo Diddley and the Pretty Things.” This’d be the gig to see Thursday.... But if you miss the door on Kettner, Soda Bar sets up SanFran psych-pop bands Papercuts and Blank Tapes...the artsy, ethereal San Diego band Ilya’s at Seven Grand...and Til-Two fills a hard-rock bill with Archons, Thrones (ex-Melvins, High on Fire, Sunn O)))), and Cryptic Languages.
Gang Green infects Til-Two with East Coast hardcore following like-minded Cali acts Attitude Adjustment and Stalag 13. Coming up as teens in the ’80s (frontman Chris Doherty was 15), Gang Green established themselves as just about the fastest, snottiest hardcore crew on the East Coast. They’ve got a special place in my vast past, also hailing from the suburbs of Boston and inspiring me to drop in for the very first time. If you’ve got a skate rat trying to stick a trick, crank some Brewtality.... Local “death-pop” five-piece Burning of Rome will play a CD-release at Casbah for their new record, Year of the Ox. There’s an early-release clip of it in this week’s podcast if you’re innerested. Hell or High Water, Eukaryst, and Fairy Bones will open the show.... Else: borderland garage band Northern Tigers and the hard-rocking Artifact (Joy, Shaking Pyramid) split a bill at Whistle Stop...Chicago’s “ska-meets-metal” trio Their/They’re/There play Ché Café after Creative Adult and Down House...while alt-rockers Against Me! hit House of Blues. In January, Against Me! released Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their sixth full-length studio album and “the first by the band since their lead vocalist, Laura Jane Grace, came out as a transgender woman.” Yup.
The blues-infused rock ’n’ soul band Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB for those in the know) sold out their Friday night show at Belly Up (boo), but will be playing two sets at Freaks for the Fest up at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown on Saturday (yay). The Brotherhood’s touring in support of this year’s luke-warmly received Phosphorescent Harvest. According to American Songwriter, Phosphorescent Harvest’s a stylistic grab bag, “leaving all but the most rabid Crowes fans hoping for better from a once-riveting frontman who can’t seem to consistently catch that ever-elusive groove he so effortlessly used to harness.” Guess I’m a rabid Crowes fan (shh), because I like the hippy pastiche. And I like Mystic Braves and Buffalo Killers and Howlin’ Rain, who blow in first on this very-definitely-worth-the-road-tripper.... If you’re sticking close to home this weekend, one-man IDM band Baths washes up at Casbah. That one’s Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week so flip or click there for the skinny on him...Matt Pond has dropped the PA from his band’s name and this year dropped a solo set called The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand. He’ll be at Soda Bar with the Lighthouse & the Whaler...while experimental-rock, theatrical act Dry River Yacht Club docks at Bar Pink after the Palominos.
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