Listen to Barnaby Monk's club and concert picks covering the week of March 6–12, 2014.
From Oakland, producer-musician Matthew Melton (ex–Bare Wires) and his latest “lo-fi-glam-garage-pop” project Warm Soda pour their sticky goodness on the Hideout stage Thursday night. Warm Soda’s 2013 set, Someone for You, arcs from the Sweet to the Strokes (check out lead single “Reaction”), according to Brooklyn Vegan, which rated that record a year-end fave. This month’s upcoming collection, Young Restless Hearts, due to drop March 11, is one of the Vegan’s most anticipated records of the year. They’re the experts. Burger band Peach Kelly Pop will open the show with their branded “minimalist bubblegum.” Peach Kelly’s Allie Hanlon says her White Wires offshoot is “more of a mutiny than a side project,” comparing Peach Kelly’s joy-bop to her full-time band’s incendiary garage-punk. The Hideout, by the way, is the ex-Void, -Eleven, -Radio Room, in case you missed that bit of local music news.... If you miss the door to that deliciosity, the self-described “gender outlaw” J.D. Samson and her electro-agit-pop feminist group Men (ex–Le Tigre) will be at Bar Pink behind this year’s well-received Labor record. They are a political dance band that hit back quick when Russian female punk band Pussy Riot was jailed in 2012, by releasing protest track “Let Them Out or Let Me In.” Give a listen to Labor lead single “All the Way Thru” for what’s in store at the North Park bar.... Best of the rest: you got a variety show with “theater-folk” big band PigPen Theatre Co. at Casbah...that big bowla granola Railroad Earth will roll into House of Blues behind this year’s Last of the Outlaws (which apparently lists to “progressive bluegrass”?!)...while just up the Fifth Avenue hill, Crooked Rulers, Bearcubbin (Portland), and Machines Learning fill an indie-eclectic bill at Tin Can Ale House.
At the House of Blues on Friday night, from Anderson, Indiana, pop-punk four-piece the Ataris jack in with their 2003 big-label Billboarder So Long, Astoria. They’ll play the platter from front to back, including their hit cover of Eagle Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer.” Catch up with Atari guitarist John Collura and his take on the band’s reunion in this week’s “Of Note” interview. Authority Zero, Drag the River, and Versus the World set it up.... This year’s Graveface Records roadshow (produced by Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow) finds the Hideout and features Savannah’s spook-pop siblings the Casket Girls, who are touring in support of this year’s True Love Kills the Fairy Tale. Stargazer Lillies, Dott, and Dreamend are also on the bill, meaning “electronic sound-shaper” Graveface will be onstage shaping sound all night long.... Else: from Salem, Oregon, earnest indie-rockers Typhoon hit the all-ages Irenic with Phox and Line & Circle...Til-Two dials in that squall of ’70s guitar rock Radio Moscow after Golden Void, the Freeks (Fu Manchu), and Rising Sun, all of whom will perform before a Mad Alchemy liquid light show...desert-pop locals the Donkeys clop into Soda Bar after Drag City duo New Bums (that’s acid-folkies Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn).
San Diego psychonauts Blackfeet Braves took off for L.A. a couple years back and return as Mystic Braves to play Soda Bar Saturday night. The Mystics specialize in mid-’60s organ-backed reverbers and easy-listening roundelays. The new collection, available at mysticbraves.com, is very recommendable for fans of the brand, but it lacks the punched-up variety of similar acts such as Allah-Las and Blank Tapes. It’s a little...little. Stillandall, with like-minded locals Amerikan Bear and Muscle Beech opening the show, it’s a teeming triple bill on the City Heights stage.... Hills Like Elephants have split with their label and retreated to home base to record a series of EPs that sort of circumvents their agreement not to release a full-length record. Read Jay Allen Sanford’s interview with Elephants head Sean Davenport in this week’s Blurt for more on the story. They’ll play a CD-release thing at Casbah behind the first in the series, appropriately titled Bedroom Colonies Volume I. This is a big-time locals-only bill with Boy King, Wild Wild Wets, and Jimmy Ruelas opening the show.... Northa town, Kalamazoo quintet Greensky Bluegrass plays Belly Up. They haven’t released anything fresh since 2011’s notable Handguns, but record-making isn’t really their deal. The jam-grass act are high-country festival faves — built for the stage...speaking of high country, up in Ramona, that nasty six-string slinger Smokin’ Joe Kubek lights up the Ramona Mainstage. The Texas bluesman has a got a new Delta Groove disc out with Bnois King called Road Dog’s Life. I’m listening to it as I type, and it is some tasty rainy-Sunday blues, babies.
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