So, Black Key Dan Auerbach produced the next Growlers record, which is supposed to come out soonish, after they title it and, y’know, find a label to put it out. The Costa Mesa “beach goth” band recorded the follow-up to 2010’s pretty pissah psychedelic groover Hot Topics at Auerbach’s studio (“We fucking love the place. It’s like Disneyland!”) in Nashville over a ten-day stretch in January. Front Growler Brooks Neilsen told Relix that they went in with 70 songs and recorded 22 of ’em, none of which they knew how to play. Can’t wait. If you can’t either, get a taste tonight at Casbah after the Abigails and Wild Wild Wets.... Best of the rest: Banker’s Hill bar Tin Can Ale House catches cholo-punk border bands Northern Tigers and Electric Healing Sound...L.A. alt-pop hits Toad the Wet Sprocket (“Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want”) hop into Little Italy supper club Anthology...a trio of detuned, garage-stomp music-makers from Minneapolis called Blind Shake and our own Ghetto Blaster turn up at Bar Pink...local country-fried rockers Focke-Wolves lope into Eleven...electro-pop Portlandians Yacht drift into the Loft at UCSD...while farther up the 5, Belly Up books two nights of SoCal ska punk with the Expendables and Unwritten Law.
“She Sells Sanctuary” is such a powerful song, not even Budweiser and Flo Rida could tarnish it. Not really. That TV ad cooks because of Billy Duffy’s inspired riffage. Duffy and singer Ian Astbury and the rest of their Hollywood Hills Cult will take the stage at Humphreys by the Bay right behind the release of their latest Cooking Vinyl collection, Choice of Weapon. Their first in five years dropped on Tuesday, and Cult bassist Chris Wyse says it’s got a “Zep/Stooges mix of energy.” Shut. Up. Little Tommy Gabel and his band Against Me! will perform Transgender Dysphoria Blues first. The Humphreys harumphries should love that....
Indiana’s indie folkies Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s sent me their new studio set, Rot Gut, Domestic, which I planned on listening to whilst I wrote this week’s picks and totally left on my desk at the office because I have, like, four brain cells. Honestly, I don’t even know why you people listen to me. Anyway, I’m sure the record’s pretty good, it’s got a song called “A Journalist Falls in Love with Death Row Inmate 16.” The So and So’s follow Dinosaur Feathers and Whispertown at Casbah.... Lyon Crowns, Shiva Trash, and Pilots fill a noisy bill at Tin Can Ale House to benefit this year’s Tectonic fest in Jacumba. Chad wrote that up in Blurt last month, but the url’s way too fucking long to post here, so just click this sandiegoreader.com/news/blurt/ and look around for it.... Else: tat-rock Los Angelinos the Bourbon Saints will take down the Shakedown with Revenge Death Ball, Slut Machine, and Purple Church...Seattle’s proggy metal heads 7 Horns 7 Eyes turn up at Eleven...L.A. cow-punk perennials Blood on the Saddle ride into Tower Bar...the ESP Quintet delivers a Miles Davis (b. 5/26/26) tribute to McCrea Music in La Mesa...and dark-rock Beantown trio InAeona play the Ché Café behind the EP Blue Sky All Day.
Locals Mrs. Magician conjure a CD-release at Soda Bar for their latest trick, Strange Heaven, which was produced by Swami John Reis. Some Reader writer or other wrote, “Ghostly harmonies that slither and shimmer together with weirdly beautiful hooks, souped-up surf sounds, and a solid wall of reverb.” Weren’t me, but that sounds good. And under “Breaking News,” the same author says “They will be touring this summer with Reis’s reunited Hot Snakes.” Also good. Read the rest right here: sandiegoreader.com/bands/mrs-magician/. Lo-fi locals New Mexico and Ditches will support ’em at the Soda Bar show....
Nardcore! Brick by Brick and Shakedown join forces to bring Oxnard’s thrash-punk quartet Dr. Know to the Bay Park bar. According to the Brick’s calendar, “Kyle Toucher is back on vocals,” if that means anything to you. Toxic Holocaust, Midnight, and Systematic Abuse will set it up.... San Diego’s proggy space rockers Astra teleported to the ’70s and brought back its latest and greatest, The Black Chord, out now on Metal Blade Records. They’ll be joined by like-minded Los Angelinos the Ancestors at Bar Pink, where the Operation Mindblow artists will be projecting that outta sight liquid light.... Utter mentionables: Embalmers and Blood on the Saddle will be at Til-Two...while Republic of Letters, Beautiful View, and Black Sands fill a locals-only bill at Casbah.
Grammy-winning dubstep dynamo Skrillex (loving that Benny Benassi remix “Cinema”) will headline this year’s I Love This City electronic music fest down at Cricket Wireless in Chula Veesta. The Live Nation event is an all-day dealio for ages 16+. My 12-year-old, who really wants to go, asked his just-of-age big brother how they’d know if he was 16 or not. He told his kid brother that they’d be checking for pubes, so lil’ Monk put a fake mustache over his pecker and goes, “How’s this?” Kid’s hilarious....
Anyway, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will funk up Anthology Sunday night...from Cincinnati, indie-rock duo Bad Veins will be at Bar Pink behind this year’s The Mess We’ve Made...Oaktown post-rock experimentalists (think Jesus Lizard) the Cleveland Browns touch down at the Shakedown...and Hills Like Elephants will roam into Casbah before the Middletown mainstay spins its Jivewire dance jams. Go get your three-day weekend on.
Coupla funyuns, Monday, as Tim Barry of Avail plays Casbah behind this year’s 40 Miler...and SD rock-roll trio Roxy Jones plugs in at Eleven with Ape Machine and Bangladesh.
For those of you allowed out on Tuesday, from Bremerton in Washington, “three-chord shit-punk magic” makers Neutralboy will be out at Tower Bar...Soda Bar sets up L.A. alt-pop four-piece Chasing Kings...SanFran one-woman band K. Flay plays Casbah behind her hip-hoppy new EP Eyes Shut...and Belly Up stages San Diego singer/songsmith Greg Laswell. Las’s new Vanguard disc is called Landline and it cracked the top 100 on Billboard. Not too shabby.
Humphreys by the Bay has rural folkie Gillian Welch on Wednesday. Welch and her longtime musical companion Dave Rawlings are touring in support of last year’s critical hit The Harrow & the Harvest, which gathers Welch’s trademark Appalachian nu-grass and Americana song stylings into one very recommendable chart-topping bundle.... And, also, Portland folkies Horse Feathers deliver Cynic’s New Year to Casbah after Death Songs and Manuok...lo-fi local Jeans Wilder’s at Tin Can Ale House with Each Other (Montreal) and Hags (Seattle)...NYC cyberpunks Pop. 1280 plug in at Soda Bar with the Beaters...and Erik Francis Schrody aka Whitey Ford aka Everlast’s at Belly Up. The rootsy rebel’s touring in support of last year’s Songs of the Ungrateful Living — twang rap for the Occupy set.
— Barnaby Monk