Novelty-pop duo They Might Be Giants stomp into Belly Up behind this year's Join Us.
  • Novelty-pop duo They Might Be Giants stomp into Belly Up behind this year's Join Us.
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Thursday 17
They Might Be Giants share a crate at my place with Devo, Ridgeway, Pere Ubu, Zevon...the satirists. Witty distractions from too-commercial pop culture, like movies by the Coens or reading Vonnegut. Healthy snacks! Johns Flansburgh and Linnell will be at Belly Up behind this year’s comebacker Join Us. Dryw Keltz wrote us a review when it dropped in July, if you want to tool through the music páginas for that. I stopped buying their records in the ’90s — I think John Henry was the last — but I’ll never miss a show...except prolly this one, because Bob Mould is playing Casbah and I can walk there from my house. Bob was in Hüsker Dü, which made conceptual punk masterpiece Zen Arcade. After Hüsker Dü, he started Sugar, which made some pretty sweet power pop — ’92’s Copper Blue still holds water. Since, he’s made a bunch of solid solo records and, also, does this sort of punktronica dance-jams thing with chowdahead producer Rich Morel called Blowoff. The dancing bears’ll crank that up at Casbah Friday night.... Best of the rest: Palm Desert heavy-metal heads Kyuss will be at House of Blues with the Sword and Black Cobra...Svedish punk-pop exports the Sounds set up at Soma...and trad-blues progeny John Lee Hooker, Jr. will play Humphrey’s Backstage behind his last one, the Grammy-nominated All Odds Against Me.

Friday 18
Bay Area bad boy Seth Bogart’s Hunx and His Punx hit Til-Two Friday night. They are out to tout this year’s Hardly Art offering Too Young to Be in Love, “melding ’60s-based bubblegum pop sensibilities with DIY garage prowess for a sticky-sweet aural assault,” according to

Bay Area bad bot Hunx & His Punx hit Til-Two Friday night.

I saw them by accident and was totally engaged. You know that joke about going to a fight and a hockey game breaks out? Same thing, except instead of a hockey game it’s live porn. See it by accident.... Hillcrest hideaway Ruby Room throws the switch on O.C. metalcore crew Death by Stereo. Efrem “the Bean” Schulz and his latest lineup are working on a record, which they’ll probably play a healthy dose of. You can take a taste at theirSpace of new track “WTF Is Going on Around Here?”... Black Crowe Rich Robinson (Chris’s baby bro) will play an early set at Casbah. The blues-rock singer-songwriter is touring in support of his sophomore solo set Through a Crooked Sun. After that, it’s the aforementioned Blowoff with Bob ’n’ Dick.... Else: British psychobilly band the Phantom Rockers appear at Shakedown with Wrecking Dead...while fest faves Lotus jam through genre mashups at Belly Up with Toronto-based remix trio Keys N Krates.

Saturday 19
Metalcore God squad the Devil Wears Prada sets up at Soma Saturday night. the Dayton-based Christian band is touring in support of their fourth studio set, this year’s chart-topper Dead Throne. Absolute Punk gives it a 9 out of 10. Christian Music Zine, 4.5 out of 5. Something called Jesus Freak Hideout says 4 out of 5. So, it fucking rocks The Word. Whatev, my kids dig it, so I’m dropping them there and strolling to the Tinglerz show at Shakedown. They’re a garage-punk trio from Vegas who I never heard of, but I’m curious about all things Vegas.... Those of you who are free to do as you please, let me recommend: Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands, who will be at Casbah behind their new Thrill Jockey disc On the Water. According to Pitchfork, Samuel T. Herring, the Islands’ “lyricist and lion-throated singer,” is king of the angry breakup song. So, y’know, if you’re going through one, it could help.... Uke dude Jake Shimabukuro plinks his thing at Anthology. Hear tell he shreds some choice covers on that little guitar... There will be a Herbie Hancock tribute at Dizzy’s downtown, with local lions Joshua White at the keys, Gilbert Castellanos on horn, Kevin Kanner at the traps, and bassist David Robaire.... Brooklyn psych-metal trio La Otracina’s at Soda Bar. Fans of Acid Mother’s should really check these guys out. Tiny Mix Tapes swears they ain’t the Williamsburg wankery we’re being force fed. I’m not starting a Brooklyn backlash, I’m just saying, back to Ohio.

Sunday 20
So, Sunday’s the MLS Cup final between L.A. Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. Wicked long list of local pubs are playing it, so you do the leg work on that, will ya. I’ll be up there in Carson at the Home Depot Center, bouncing in the bleachers and going hoarse. I’m into it. MLS, Primera, EPL, Serie A, La Liga. If we’ve ever met, you know this about me. I probably squawked a tipsy cheer in yer ear about it being “THE MOST POPULAR SPORT IN THE WORLD” as I spilled beer on your shoes and groused about America’s indifferent worldview regarding “the beautiful game.” I probably called you a philistine behind your back as you walked away. I’m sorry. It was reported last week that soccer’s outselling pro hockey and basketball. We don’t have either of those, so I was thinking of trading the Chargers to L.A. for one of their MLS teams — if no one has any objections....

Little Italy supper club Anthology books Booker T. on Sunday.

After you watch the match, there’s lots of fun places to go and spread the word. For inst., Little Italy supper club Anthology has booked Grammy-winner and “& the MGs” mastermind Booker T. Jones. The Nashville native has a new one in Road from Memphis...there will be a VU tribute at Whistle Stop hosted by deep-crates DJ and Art Fag proprietor Mario Orduno...Detroit psychobilly trio Koffin Kats and like-minded locals Hard Fall Hearts, Gore Horsemen, and the Frightners fill a greazy-beats bill at Brick by Brick...while Ozomatli’s Chali 2na & the House of Vibe will be serving up funk-n-soul at Soda Bar.

Monday 21

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will rule at House of Blues come Monday.

Speaking of funk-n-soul, mmm-mm-m, get to this set, as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings do their thing at House of Blues. Last year’s I Learned the Hard Way made record-buying so much fun, I bought it twice. One of the Of Noters Of Noted this show, so check in with them for more deets.... Anti-Monday team’s got Death Grips at Casbah. Experimental rap act. Zach Hill on drums. That’s all I got. Any info on debut Exmilitary is apparently top secret.

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