Colorful punks Peelander-Z take the stage at Soda Bar Thursday night.
From the “Z Area” of the distant planet Peelander (aka New York City, New York), “Japanese action comic punks” Peelander-Z invade Soda Bar with their seventh studio set, Space Vacation, a record that trades Ramones-bop riffage for Devotronics and more of a new-wave vibe than their usual m.o. Which is all kind of beside the point when you’re a comically costumed five-piece. Their Power Rangers outfits and silly stage antics (spontaneous wrestling, slide-bowling — yes, the head is the ball) are the sum and total of a P-Z show. Good family fun. The Touchies and Marco Polo (ex-the Very) set the pins.... Down for some filthy organ-grindin’? The soul of Soulive, Alan Evans, and his Trio will visit the Griffin Thursday night. The producer, engineer, guitarist, vocalist, writer is, first and foremost, a beast of a drummer, a player’s player in the current jazz, funk, and soul scene. Fans of the Hammond brand would do well to get their hands on the band’s debut, Drop Hop (2012), for a platter full of raw-funk ’n’ groove. AE3 is out to tout this year’s Merkaba, which dropped last Tuesday. Brooklyn-based soul-funk big band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds headline.... Or, OR! Get your recommended daily allowance of rockabilly & ribs at House of Blues with tatty Bay Area bad boys Tiger Army, L.A. punk-grass ensemble Old Man Markley, and the “morbidly fun punk” Stellar Corpses of Santa Cruz.... Sports Arena’s punk-rock pit-stop, the Shakedown on Midway, stages an Outlaw Country Fest, featuring Seattle’s acoustic carnie Bob Wayne, with honky-tonk hustlas T. Junior and Nick Bone & the Big Scene.
Indie-soul locals Hills Like Elephants will celebrate the release of their sophomore set, Feral Flocks, at Bar Pink Friday night.
Requiemme recording artists Hills Like Elephants will play a record release for this week’s Feral Flocks at Bar Pink. Following up their notable piano-pop debut Endless Charade, HLE has turned up the guitars and turned around singer/songwriter Sean Davenport, whose “Motown with drum machines” is now an indie-soul juggernaut, heavy with hooks and lyrical guile: “If I wouldn’t say it to you at a bar, I won’t say it lyrically.” Bang. With Barbarian and Keith Sweaty opening the show, this one’s sure t’be packed to the rafters.... Miss the door in North Park, Nawlins’ high-octane roots-rocking power trio and Mojo Nixon–approved Dash Rip Rock pulls into Whistle Stop Friday night, for what the South Park station promises to be one “roof-rockin’, Abita swillin’, whiskey shoutin’ night!” Yee haw.... Else: indie acts Oddball, Gloomsday, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, and the Chiefs will fill the Void...Atmospheric Brooklyn band Caveman’s at Casbah with Pure Bathing Culture and Boy King (née Bunny Gang)...Aussie metalcore quintet Parkway Drive takes the main stage at Soma after Word Alive...and ’80s radio staples, the funk-metal outfit Living Colour, will be at Belly Up calling out the “Cult of Personality.”
Casbah stages Seattle's dark sage, King Dude, on Monday.
L.A. indie artists Airborne Toxic Event will bring Such Hot Blood to House of Blues this weekend. The five-piece from hip ’hood Los Feliz is known for tempering grunge-proof alt-rock with laces of stadium-bating orchestration, totally emo-ing up the place. Not my cup, but lots of y’all dig it, as the Toxic Event’s booked for two nights at the downtown venue. How do you spell “quarantine?” I’m just f-ing kidding.... Just up the Fifth Ave. hill, at Tin Can Ale House, Shaking Pyramid (Joy! Earthless!) will shake the place to the ground after Owl and Harsh Toke. If you’re looking for some heaviosity Saturday night, this is your ticket to tinnitus, brah.... Best of the rest: Cholo punx Shiva Trash blow into the Void after Electric Healing Sound and the Natives...Weezer teasers Geezer play Til-Two after STP trib Vaseline...northa town, L.A. indie-rapper Murs takes the mic at Porter’s Pub...while way northa town, “icy hot” blues shredder Coco Montoya plugs in at Ramona Mainstage.
If your not too stuffed on Peeps and jelly beans, punky, Acid Baby Jesus and Hellshovel will play Easter sets at Tower Bar after the appropriately paired openers Paint Fumes and Slipping Into Darkness. From Athens in Greece, fuzzed-out punks Acid Baby Jesus’ Slovenly Records one sheet goes, “a Mediterranean concoction of two of our favorite ‘Black’ bands — Sabbath and Lips.” Two of my favorite “Black” bands too. I’m in.... Otherwise, Copenhagen’s noise-rock quartet Iceage floes into Casbah. They just earned a Best New Music from Stusoy on Pitchfork for this year’s You’re Nothing. I ain’t heard it. I have to lay off the Danish. Milk Music and the Plateaus open the show.
Odd-folk duo Bobby Joe Ebola visits the Void Tuesday night.
Northwest metalhead-turned-apocalypse-porn-folkie T.J. Cowgill, aka King Dude, is out to tout his blackest platter, Burning Daylight, at Casbah. KD’s acoustic ditties are parched by croaked vocals and scorched-earth tales of good v. evil. But there’s religio relic appeal to his “messages” and a lost-country-pop vibe that sounds to one rock writer “like an undead Chris Isaak.” That’s funny and good enough.... Other April Fools include Jersey’s working-class rock-rollers Hudson Falcons at Tower Bar with our own Rat City Riot...retro-pop locals Bart Mendoza & True Stories splitting a bill at Soda Bar with Scott Mathiasen & the Shift Eyed Dogs...while Griffin’s got indie rockers Weeks, Low Volts, and Palace Ballroom.
Experimental folkie Phosphorescent delivers his crit-hit disc, Muchacho, to Casbah Wednesday night.
SanFran folk-punk band Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children MacNuggits play the Void Tuesday night. Riffing on sociopolitiks, the thought-provoking, oft-hilarious pair of vocalist Corbett Redford and guitarist/vocalist Dan Abbott come off as a more wide and wildly swinging They Might Be Giants. They’re touring in support of this year’s Trainwreck to Narnia, “more pretty songs about terrible things.” With Floor Notes (ex-City Mouse) and Int’l Dipshit (featuring members of Tiltwheel), this should be a funyun.... Couple of blocks east, Soda Bar sets up Brooklyn’s leathery, loud ’n’ fast ’70s-style punks Dirty Fences.
From Brooklyn via Athens, Georgia, via somewhere in Alabama, the multi-instrumental songsmith Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, will light up Casbah Wednesday night with his new batch of bewildering chicken scrath, Muchacho. Delicate, daring, imminently listenable, Muchacho is one of my light favorites this year. Bend an ear to lead track “Song for Zulu” for the trip-hoppy folk stylings of this original. Strand of Oaks up first.... Uptown, slop-rawk three-piece Gun Outfit’s going to Soda Bar with borderland goth-pop band Dancing Strangers...while from Seoul, Korea, space-punk trio Galaxy Express lands at the Void with New Kinetics, East of Sweden, and the Sinclairs.... And lest we forget the hippies in the room, granola jam band Dark Star Orchestra will be exhuming the Dead at Belly Up.
— Barnaby Monk