Underground hip-hopper Brother Ali has the mic at Porter's Pub Thursday night.
The whitest rapper, that albino artiste Brother Ali, will preach to the beer-basted choir at Porter’s Pub in La Jolla. The 34-year-old Minnesotan’s part of indie hip-hop’s Rhymesayers stable. Ali is out in advance of this summer’s Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. After the debacle with Verizon, mayhaps the MC’s touring before the shit hits fan. Smaht. And btfw, big props to Porter’s for consistently hitting up the underground.... Pop-rock icons Peter Case and Paul Collins will perform music from their influential past acts the Nerves, the Plimsouls, and the Beat. Will Crain “Of Noted” these very recommendable sets at Bar Pink, so flip or click to that for the of-notables.... Solana Beach hot spot Belly Up books a locals-only show featuring Silent Comedy, Dead Feather Moon, and the Howls. And that “half man, half cat, 100 percent awesome” Boston-bred DJ Man Cat will be spinning ’round sets.... New York punk classicists Electric Frankenstein will take down the Shakedown tonight with Deadbeat Vultures and the Sawyer Family.... While piano-pop Portlandians Rags and Ribbons turn up at Eleven. Hear-tell the trio’s debut Glass Masses smacks of Queen, Muse, and Sigur Rós. Ambitious. They are on their way to Austin for this year’s South by Southwest. Like-minded locals Children of Nova will split the bill.
Casbah stages SanFran blues-rock band Stone Foxes Friday night.
SanFran blues-rock band Stone Foxes eschew studio frippery for a more organic vintage vibe à la the Band, ’lectric Dylan, and Zeppelin. Despite these live-sound leanings, 2010 full-length Bears & Bulls gives radio staples such as Black Keys and Jack White a run for their piles of money. Check ’em out: thestonefoxes.com. The Foxes slink into Casbah behind the Schitzophonics and Black Dragon River, while L.A. country-punk duo Restavrant kicks it up in the Atari Lounge 'tween sets.... Uptown: Second Coming! — San Dago’s hardcore punk perennials Battalion of Saints will play the Ken Friday night...indie hip-hop poet Saul Williams takes the mic at Soda Bar...punk-rocking Last Years, Slighted, Electric Healing Sound, and the Cutaways fill a loud, local bill at Tower Bar...while Whistle Stop’s Pussy Galore gathering has the Spells and Filthy Violets, with DJ Robin Roth spinning post-show dance jams.... Dizzy’s does a gig out at McCrea Music Company in La Mesa, featuring jazz pianist Daniel Jackson and a band of local notables — saxman Charles Owens, guitarist Jacques Lesure, Henry Franklin on bass, and drummer Chuck McPherson — for a foray through Jackson compositions.... Any way you want it, that’s the way you need it. DSB — Don’t Stop Believin’ (?!) — is “America’s favorite tribute to Journey.” If you just gasped, you’re a total dork, but you deserve a night out, too, so why don’t you hoof it on down to Anthology for a night of spacey ’80s pop and bulging balladry.... Else: House of Blues hosts Santa Barb skate punks Lagwagon, with Cobra Skulls and Nothington...and rewired Bay Park bar the Griffin stages SD alt-rockers Superunloader with the SXSW-bound college-rocking brother band Filligar. The brothers’ last name is Mathias, so what’s a filligar?
Indie-pop act Le Sera plays all-ages Irenic in North Park Saturday.
La Sera is the new side project of the Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman. On the s/t debut, the bassist/singer exercises her right to be folksy, twee even. Pitchfork likens La Sera’s “stately charms” to minimal guitar band Galaxie 500. Big ups. La Sera plays new all-ages venue the Irenic (it was a church, or is a church, I dunno, at 3090 Polk) in North Park with Cold Showers, Heavy Hawaii, and Beautiful Boys.... In that general neck of the woods, Party’s Over Productions will celebrate its ten-year anniversary at Eleven, which invites you to “come punch Marty in the face ten times.” There will liability-release forms at the bar and music by Mean Jeans, Guantanamo Baywatch, Dan Padilla, French Exit, Build Us Airplanes, and Great Apes. That’s a barrel full of monkeys, right there, y’all. Go give it up for Marty.... Miss the door at Eleven, skip down the street to see “the pride of Santa Rosa,” the indie-rock band Velvet Teen, at Soda Bar...SanFran nu-pop dance band Maus Haus is at Bankers Hill bar Tin Can Ale House...while Bay Area rock ’n’ soul quintet Soft White Sixties plays Bay Park bar the Griffin on their way to SXSW. French Cassettes, Vanaprasta, and H.A. Perkins open that show.... Looking north, Portland “world twang” six-piece TapWater’s playing a sort of homecoming at the Loft at UCSD with roots-rocking folkies Audiafauna of Santa Cruz...and Who’s Bad at Belly Up? The King of Pop, that’s who, as this Chapel Hill tribute delivers the ABCs of MJ.
Hometown fuzz-pop hits Crocodiles slither into Casbah after Philly psych-pop gazers Bleeding Rainbow. The Crocs signed to Frenchkiss for this summer’s Endless Flowers, which was recorded in Berlin with a — wha? — full band. No kidding, you’ll see all five pieces on Sunday.... Best of the rest has Oaktown metal Saviours at Soda Bar with Holy Grail and Shaking Pyramid (featuring peeps from Earthless)...and Virginia’s reggae-rocking hippies SOJA down at House of Blues behind this year’s Innerloop offering, Strength to Survive.
From San Francisco, melodic post-punk trio Grass Widow plays Soda Bar behind their Kill Rock Stars release Past Time. The young ladies’ energy and aesthetic is immediate, infectious. Check out the Vimeo for “Fried Egg” on the Soda Bar site. Burnt Ones and Blasted Canyons go first.... The Slow Club’s on at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meetup. It’s the UK indie-pop duo’s last date in the states before heading home.... Tin Can Ale House is having an eating contest they’re calling “Binge & Purge.” Call club for deets on the eats.
New-grass and jazz banjo man Béla Fleck and his Flecktones check into Anthology for two nights.
New-grass banjo man Béla Fleck and his Flecktones check into Anthology for two nights Tuesday and Wednesday. The Grammy winners are out to tout Billboard jazz-chart climber Rocket Science. The album is the first in nearly 20 years with original Flecktone harp and piano man Howard Levy.... Hard-rocking Jersey band Parlor Mob joins Nashville’s Hollywood Kills at the Griffin.... More homegrown stuff at the Belly Up, where the punk ’n’ blues Paragraphs hook up with Heavy Glow and Trouble in the Wind. San Diego spawns a lotta “Heavy” bands, no? Heavy Glow, Heavy Guilt, Heavy Hawaii...Heavy Vegetable. ’Sup?
Country skrunks Drive by Truckers will murder R&B at Belly Up on Wednesday.
“Like bringing flowers to your Mama and tracking dog shit all over the floor,” Patterson Hood and his Drive by Truckers pull into Belly Up Wednesday night. The alt-country act from Athens, Georgia, is touring in support of last year’s ATO offering Go-Go Boots, which the band says oughta be filed under “R&B Murder.” Yup.... Honorable mentionable: Casbah’s hosting Tributes 4 Hope for San Diego musician Gino M., featuring Ziggy Shuffledust, the Cured, Radiohedz, and Jane’s Diction.
— Barnaby Monk