Musical migration. The Bubu king, Janka Nabay, and his Bubu Gang will grace the stage at Bar Pink. Bubu is a traditional folk music of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Once the sound of witchcraft, Bubu has become a processional of bamboo flutes in the war-torn country, the sound of “peace, good governance, and the empowerment of women,” according to Nabay, the first ever to record Bubu music.
Nabay’s recordings got the attention of David Byrne, who signed the artist to his Luaka Bop label, which this year re-released Nabay’s debut True Panther Sounds. Nabay has moved to Philadelphia and with the Bubu Gang, featuring members of Brooklyn indie acts Skeletons and Gang Gang Dance, integrates the shuffling sound of Sierra Leone with keys, guitars, and drum-machine beats to hypnotizing effect. Bubu will move you.... Casbah kicks off its three nights of Con, which, ohbytheway, is in town this weekend, with one half of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Tim Heidecker, L.A. comedy-pop crooner JP Inc. (aka Pleaseeasaur), and San Diego’s own electronically challenging Optiganally Yours, featuring Rob Crow (Pinback) and Pea Hix (Tit Wrench).... Else: “Feel the Neil” when David Sherry’s Neil Diamond tribute Diamond Is Forever shines at Anthology...the regional U.S. Air Guitar Championships will pretend to shred at Soda Bar tonight...and Austin electro-rock act 3D Friends pops up at Eleven with tourmates Delenda and Dr. Eggs.
Friday the 13th Part Whatever. The hard-working, hard-rocking Andrew W.K. takes the stage at 4th&B. Straight from the Wik: he’s an “American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, motivational speaker, and music producer.” The, um, motivational speaker’s latest record is called Party All Goddamn Night. That’s a, whatchamacallit, “statement of purpose.” With DJ/MC Peanut Butter Wolf working the room, this is one hella party pairing. Meet me in the transporter room. (Sorry, that’s the extent of my Con-speak).... Vivian Girls visit Casbah Friday night for the other big gig. The Brooklyn-based she-punk trio is here to Share the Joy, last year’s ear-worm-infested collection of summertime funyuns. Lo-fi notables Grass Widow (a SanFran spook-pop band) and the Babies (part Vivians, part Woods) open the show.... Best of the rest finds Gore Noir’s Friday the 13th Comic-Con party at Shakedown, featuring Vamp Girls, Vampirates, and the Coon Doggin’ Outlaws...Whistle Stop will celebrate five years of Pussy Galore with “shock pop” and punk sets by New Kinetics and the Touchies. DJ Robin Roth spins the after-show dance jams...Creepy Creeps wheel the Hammond into Bar Pink for a night of danse macabre...while badass blues-rockers Midnight Ghost Train roll into Tower Bar in advance of their new one, Buffalo, due to drop July 31.
From skate-rapper to presidential hopeful, L.A. indie fave Murs grinds into Brick by Brick. With last year’s Love & Rockets 1: The Transformation, Murs slows the tempo and ups the ante on honesty in hip-hop, talking love and politiks like an everyman. Yumiko up first with DJ Foundation spinning ’round sets....
From the PacNor’west, barroom rockers Random Orbits circle Tower Bar. Randomly. Love this by ogrelikesstuff.wordpress.com: “I’ve finally figured out what Random Orbits sound like to me. They sound like if Foghat were a hardcore band.” The Getdown set that shit up.... Soda Bar serves up Shearwater Saturday night. The Austin-based indie act is a limb of that city’s v. deep Okkervil River — its quieter side. The trio has a new joint called Animal Joy, their first for Sub Pop, which I have not heard due to my aversion to “naturalistic rock,” but a brief web trawl suggests principal Jonathan Meiburg’s turned up the volume and writ some tigers into the rough. Check it, particularly lead single “Breaking the Yearlings”: shearwatermusic.com.... Long day at Eleven, with matinee sets by punk-rawk throwbacks Last Years, Shiva Trash, the Hoodrats, and Cold Heart Re-press, and then it’s the night shift with Black Box Mario’s Machines Learning and are-we-not-men electro-rock duo Alpha Channel.... You also got Aquabats at House of Blues...and experimental pianist John Maus at Casbah with Cold Cave’s Wes Eisold. Meh. Call me a fool for the city, but I’m going to that hardcore Foghat thing out at Tower.
Bar Pink celebrates five years on Sunday with owner John Reis’s stripped-down rock-roll riot the Sultans and garage-rock ’n’ soul band Beehive & the Barracudas. If you like thrash’d vox guitar rock with boogie to burn, shake your ass to North Park and get in line. The Pink’ll be packed before sunset, I guaranfuckingtee you....
Miss the door and craving four-on-the-floor, Eleven pours Black Wine (ex-Ergs!). The Jersey no-core trio is on the road with post-punx Brick Mower...Mexican metal legends La Cruz — 40 years of banging cabezas! — will take down the Shakedown...L.A. alt-rock trio Bad Loud (Joey Cape of Lagwagon) turn up at Brick by Brick after Foo Fighter Chris Shifflett’s Dead Peasants...down on Kettner, IFC personality Scott Aukerman hosts his Comedy Bang! Bang! at Casbah...while on the headier side of the street, local jazz pianist Mikan Zlatkovich pounds the sounds of Corea, Bruford, and Brand X at 98 Bottles.
Brooklyn folkies and SXSW/CMJ vets Wyatt ride into Tin Can Ale House. According to a fan on the interweb: “Wyatt is like this guy who has magical powers but is totally comfortable with it. And, also, he is a good dresser and dances amazingly well.” Which I don’t get because the very adorable Maddy Wyatt’s a female personhood. Breaking Yard and Irene Irene are also on the bill.... Honorable mentionables: Casbah’s Anti-Monday meetup stages Western Scene — two guys from Dynamite Walls playing “an organic thing with acoustic guitars,” he typed with eyebrows raised...and Silverlake sextet Family of the Year delivers its new folksy EP Diversity to Soda Bar.
Surf-rock throwbacks (like, 1962) the Surfaris (“Wipe Out,” “Surfer Joe”) hit the beach at Belly Up...while Tiki Tuesday at Bar Pink has the Answers, rock-rollers reunited from wicked early Ché Café days.
I’m out of room, so, humpnight in a hiccup:
English psychobilly band the Meteors hits Brick by Brick...Truth & Salvage Co., featuring folk-pop chanteuse Gayle Skidmore, will be right ’round the bend at the Griffin...the singing/songwriting son of Jim, A.J. Croce, plays Little Italy supper club Anthology...while Texas punk’d rock act the Young crack this summer’s Dub Egg at Casbah. Welcome to town, Comic-Con’ers, go see some shows!
— Barnaby Monk