Night Marchers will take the stage at Casbah Sunday, February 24
Thursday | 21
Ghost Beach at El Dorado Thursday
NYC “tropical grit pop” duo Ghost Beach popped into the electropop atmosphere last year with the release of their well-received EP Modern Tongues. Imagine Daft Punk remixing Depeche Mode, the Police, Tears for Fears...many ’80s alt-radio staples, actually, shot through a punk-blown cone. I don’t have a ton of patience for sudsy synth baths, but these guys got that “contagious let’s-not-stop-partying-until-we-throw-up” thing. And guitar solos. So, I’m down. And I always have a hella good time at El Dorado downtown. Local rock-roll trio Bangladesh opens the show.... Best of the rest: South Park bar Whistle Stop hosts its Makeout Weird dealio, with borderland garage band Electric Healing Sound laying on hands after O.P.P. Resident DJs Mnstrpsy and Freak Sauce spin ’round sets...SanDago alt-pop quartet Hargo takes the stage at Bar Pink...Soda Bar serves Warm Soda. The Bay Area “syrupy, garage-cooked pop” band headlines sets by punk’d-pop locals Teenage Burritos and Shiva Trash...Chi-town flower punks the Orwells will be at Casbah behind their well-received debut, Remember When, which apparently has “a Zeppelin in Memphis sorta thing.” Pangea and New Kinetics up first...and there’s a nice Thursday-night trifecta of local up-and-comers on the big stage at Belly Up, with Harsh Toke, Ninja Love, and Wild Wild Wets.
Friday | 22
Del the funky homosapien at Porter’s Pub Friday
Oakland native Teren Delvon Jones, aka Del the Funky Homosapien, aka Ice Cube’s cuz, will take the mic at Porter’s Pub at UCSD. The West Coast rapper stretches some smoove flow over last year’s Root Stimulation. Bend an ear to “Up Early” for a taste...also on the La Jolla college campus, rocking string quartet Sybarite 5’s at the Loft. The NYC-based classical crossovers “gained a reputation for juxtaposing the likes of Stravinsky with Radiohead, Dvorák with Zeppelin.” And, the babe-to-dude ratio in the band is three-to-five and the cellist freaking shreds: sybarite5.org.... The world’s “first and only heavy-metal mariachi band,” Metalachi, will rock con queso the Royal Dive in O’side after pop-punk four-piece Hula Guns.... ’Round town: Strung Out singer/songwriter Jason Cruz & Howl will play Loungecore at Shakedown...SD supergroup Midnight Rivals (Lucy’s, Rocket, Louis) rolls into Whistle Stop after “sci-fi garage” rockers Shake Before Us...and Soda Bar stages some old friends from aMiniature — What’s up, Dirkes? — as indie throwbacks Takahashi headline sets by Beautiful View, the Yawmen, and Shark Blood.
Saturday | 23
The Allah-Las at Casbah on Saturday
Gonna be a grind behind the Shakedown, as the Midway punk club hosts another Saturday SK8 & BBQ, featuring skate-punk sets by “the master of disaster” Duane Peters, Angry Samoans, and Dime Runner.... When you get your fill of food and fooling with your crew, L.A. garage-rock purists (Kinks, Zombies) the Allah-Las take the stage at Casbah Saturday night. With some sand in their sneaks and sun on their faces, there’s more than a touch of that stoned-blue SoCal sound (Byrds), too, on their v. recommendable s/t debut. It is, according to Pitchfork, chock full of “starry-eyed, minor-key beauties.” Tomorrow’s Tulips, Barbarian, and New Mexico fill the bill.... Liquid-light artists Operation: Mindblow present Gary Wilson at Bar Pink. Wilson’s that New York experimental-pop singer who disappeared himself for about 25 years after the release of his essential collection You Think You Really Know Me. The “cult bandleader,” as the Reader’s Jay Allen Sanford wrote in ’08, turned up here, in San Diego, with an artsy lounge act and then a trio of releases with all-new material — Lisa Wants to Talk to You (2008), Electric Endicott (2010), and Feel the Beat (2011). I’d say he’s back.... Else: Brooklyn synth-wave duo Black Marble’s at the Void with Heaven and Dreamboys...San Diego gore-billy band the Gore Horsemen ride into Soda Bar after Black Market III and Hard Fall Hearts...northa town, you got Bean Town hardcore by Bane at Ché Café...Johnny Cash tribute Cash’d Out’s throwing the Man in Black a birthday bash at Belly Up...and Molly Hatchet’s apparently still flirting with disaster at the Ramona Mainstage.
Sunday | 24
So, that Night Marchers record, Allez Allez, has finally seen the light of day. Pretty sure Amber Ember’s review of it is in this week’s ish, if you want to click to Everyone’s a Critic for her take. It’s a John Reis record, for sure, “Loud, Dumb and Mean.” I only got about a week out of it, but I’m sure it’ll translate swell onstage, when the Marchers follow the Intelligence and Mrs. Magician into Casbah Sunday night. I just had a peak, and at this typing the show has not yet sold out.... If/when it does: NYC psych-rock act Psychic Ills are at Soda Bar behind this year’s Sacred Bones set One Track Mind, after Gap Dream, Riververb, and a liquid-light show by Operation: Mindblow...and Portland indie-folkies Ramona Falls play the Ken Club with Social Studies and Inspired & the Sleep. Electrifying their acoustic-based songsmithin’, Ramona Falls saw their 2012 offering, Prophet, reach number 28 on Billboard’s Heatseeker thingy.
Monday | 25
Nu-prog New Yorkers Coheed & Cambria hit the House of Blues Monday night. C&C are out to tout the companion disc to last year’s The Afterman: Ascension. It is called, yes, Descension. Dudes love their concept rock. Their stuff comes with coffe-table books. Seriously. Metal heads Between the Buried and Me and experimental instrumentalists Russian Circles go first.
Tuesday | 26
Dave Good gave you the goods on the Residents gig in this week’s Of Note, so go there for more on them...I’m going to hit up Grand Tarantula’s gig at Casbah. Gotta confess, the local band’s got me hooked on “Drugs.” Check it: grandtarantula.blogspot.com. They’ll be wrapping a mini Southwest tour after El Paso indie act the Royalty and our own North Shore (who used to be Short Eyes).
Wednesday | 27
Califone at Casbah Wednesday, the 27th
Chicago-based Califone’s at Casbah Wednesday night. The quartet’s post-rock songs contain more earth than air — rare earth — raw, ancient shizz. About the band’s last original release, 2009’s All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, rock writer Joe Tangari lauded Califone frontman Tim Rutili’s (Red Red Meat) ability “to meld the noise prevalent in experimental music with the organic textures of folk as if it were the most natural thing.” Bingo. Can’t imagine a more fitting opening act than like-minded lo-fi locals Little White Teeth.... Utter mentionables: ex-Smiths frontman and frequent flaker Morrissey will probably maybe be at the Balboa Theatre. Possibly...emo dudes the Used check in nearby at House of Blues...Dead Feather Moon will help celebrate five years of Commune Wednesdays at the Whistle Stop...indie-pop three-piece Jukebox the Ghost plugs in at Soda Bar after fellow Philadelphian tourmates Matt Pond...down the street, the Void stages borderland bands San Pedro El Cortez and Sixties Guns with desert-rockers Slipping Into Darkness....Nawlins soul-rock sextet the Revivalists bring City of Sound to Bay Park bar the Griffin...while another New Orleans group, the funk ’n’ jazz jam band Galactic, joins forces with Living Colour singer Corey Glover at Belly Up for what is sure to be one over-the-humpnight party.