Indie rock's blue-eyed soul band Spoon plays the Sleep Train on Tuesday!
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There’s an early show (4p) out at Tower Bar by 30-year-strong garage punx M.O.T.O. (Masters of the Obvious). Later on you get a reunited Last Years as well as the Ferments and Badabing...or head down to Casbah to dig Shannon & the Clams. Lo-fi garage-pop is the order of the day at the Middletown mainstay, as Colleen Green and Ruby Pins open the show.... Alt-rock throwback David Kilgour of the Clean and his new band, the Heavy Eights, will play from their latest Merge Records release, End Times Undone, at Soda Bar after Shifting Sands. Catch up with Kilgour in this week’s piece in “Blurt”.... Or there’s a really big rock show for you really-big-rock-show-goers, as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood will pack ’em into the Viejas Arena at SDSU.
Garage-pop group Scruffles plug in for a couple sets in the Atari Lounge at Casbah this Anti-Monday.
NYC rappa Pusha T will play a “partial set” at Fluxx downtown Monday night. The fancy-pants place (“Dress code will be enforced”) is celebrating something called Bionic Industry Launch — “We love our industry peeps.” “Partial set,” “dress code” — what’s it like if they don’t love you, peeps?.... Or if you’re anti-Monday, maybe check out the locals-only lineup at Casbah, where Midnight Clergy headlines sets by Sound Lupus and the Slashes. Scruffles will play a couple sets in the Atari Lounge as well, and that’s where I will be perched because these North County kids know their way around some fuzzy, yummy garage-pop chords.
Alt-rock Big Band Arcade Fire headlines Tuesday's Big Gig at Sleep Train.
The Big Gig this week’d be Arcade Fire, Spoon, and Dan Deacon down at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. This rock-roll show totally snuck on me, and I was all, Oh, wow. And then I was, like, Eh. I do dig Spoon, though, and am anticipating the release of this year’s They Want My Soul, which will drop that very day, August 5, so it should be an exciting night for Spooners.... Else: folk-n-soul singer-songer Amos Lee’s out at Humphreys with Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song...while Soda Bar sets up local indie-punkies Weatherbox with Dikembe and Nicely.
Memphis psych-punks Ex-Cult deliver Midnight Passenger to Til-Two on Wednesday.
Arctic Monkeys swing into the re-branded, re-crazily-named Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU. The ever-clever pop-rock Brits have got a hit record out called AM, that’s as fun as a barrel full of arctic monkeys.... From Memphis, Goner recording artists Ex-Cult deliver their new psych-punk set, Midnight Passenger, to Til-Two after L.A. trailer-park rockers Zig Zags and our own fuzz-bumpin’ Octagrape...while post-punk Georgia quartet New Madrid (“college rock with an SEC accent”) takes the stage at Soda Bar after Swimm and (appropriately enough) Moonpool.