Starchild, the Demon, Space Ace, and Catman roll into Sleep Train Sunday for a night of  hard-rock sing-alongs.
  • Starchild, the Demon, Space Ace, and Catman roll into Sleep Train Sunday for a night of hard-rock sing-alongs.
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Stream the Crawler podcast for July 3-9! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!

Sunday 6
The Big Gig this week’d be the classic-rock radio “Heroes 2014” tour, featuring the not-so-heavy metal Def Leppard and glam-metal band Kiss, down at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chulo Veesta. Yes, it’s the original Kiss crew (Starchild, the Demon, Space Ace, and Catman) in full-on Kabuki makeup and everything. The hard-rock sing-alongs! The pyrotechnic booming! The lizard-tongue flicking! You, like, can’t not go.... The other notable Sunday show would be locals Big Bad Buffalo, as they roam into Ché Café behind their debut disc American. I’m rocking some “Soccer, Mama” on this week’s podcast if you’re unfamiliar with the fun-loving “apple-core” trio. The Obsessives, Peru 4 U, and Monty open the show.

Chicago's sun-stroked garage rockers Thunders clap at Soda Monday night.

Monday 7
“Jangly, scuzzy, and grungy tropical sun-stroked garage rock and roll with pop perverses and verses.” Jes, Papi, Weird Spines White Trash Whatever by Chicago-based duo Thunders is all that and a bag of Nitro Takis. Thunders clap at Soda Bar Monday night after R.A. Rosenborg and Splavendar.

Tuesday 8
Try, try, try to understand... Boston band Magic Man takes the stage at Casbah behind their new pop-rock-tronic record Before the Waves. Never heard of them, so I put some in my earholes and I was all never think of never, let this spell last forever...he’s a magic man, Mama. Night Terrors of 1927 up first.... L.A. alt-rockers Silver Snakes slither into Soda Bar behind their latest, Year of the Snake, which the band says “touches upon both ends of the rock spectrum, from sludgy forays to acoustic detours and a snarling melodic sensibility spread throughout.” I find it’s best to let artists of a certain ilk speak for themselves. (See Nipsey Hussle quote above.) Aeges and the Anomaly are also on the bill.

Indie-pop duo Wye Oak take the stage at Belly Up Wednesday behind their new record, Shriek.

Wednesday 9
Baltimore boy-girl band Wye Oak headlines a Casbah-curated show at Belly Up behind this year’s Shriek CD. The indie-pop cute-shoes-gaze duo is enjoying some friendly press for this one. The Onion’s A.V. Club even graded it an A-, saying “Shriek is Wye Oak’s answer to Roxy Music’s Avalon, a guitar band breaking from its established sound to try something a little more ethereal and hypnagogic.” I didn’t know what “hypnagogic” meant so I looked it up. It’s that drowsiness just before sleep, which doesn’t sound too good, musically speaking. Pattern Is Movement goes first.... Around town humpnight: ’Sconie indie folkie S. Carey is touring in support of this year’s well-received Jagjaguwar record Range of Light. He’ll play the Casbah after Pines...Illinoisy alt-metal trio Chevelle pulls into House of Blues behind this year’s La Gárgola...according to Diatribes’ F-book pagina, “If we weren’t trip-hop, we would be black metal.” The quartet (featuring Sean Davenport of Hills Like Elephants) hits the Tin Can with L.A. act TV Girl and Brooklyn band Brothertiger...whilst up in the rurals, The Nuge straps it on at Ramona Mainstage in advance of his new slab, Shutup & Jam!

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