Stream the Crawler podcast for May 15-21! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
The “Situation: Awesome” tour reaches UCSD, as Portland’s stoner-metal quartet Red Fang takes a bite out of Porter’s Pub Sunday night after Big Business and American Sharks. Red Fang is out to tout this year’s well-received Relapse record Whales and Leeches, of which you can get a hit from this week’s Crawler pod.... Else: the “Midnight Rider” and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman plays Humphreys by the Bay...or if you’re feeling punky Sunday, Midwest punks (ca. 1979!) the Zero Boys will be out at Soda Bar with Neighborhood Brats, Dan Padilla (“the band not the man”), and Dead on the Wire...while English originals Anti-Nowhere League join TSOL and Riverboat Gamblers to fill a hardcore bill downtown at House of Blues.
House of Blues has British alt-rockers Band of Skulls on Monday night. The oft blues-garage-tending trio has spent the better part of the past few years opening for arena rockers such as Muse and Queens of the Stone Age, and it’s rubbed off on this year’s release, Himalayan, a mountainous glam-rock record that sounds set for the enormodomes.... And alsos: Coppenhagen-based garage punks Lower visit the Soda Bar with like-minded locals San Pedro El Cortez and Empire Pleasure...and Seattle singer/songwriter Damien Jurado and Chicago soul-folkie Jerome Holloway strum ’n’ hum at Casbah’s Anti-Monday meetup this week.
Greg Ginn’s 2014 version of L.A. punk perennials Black Flag will play House of Blues on Tues. He’s dubbed this one the “Victimology” tour for a record I can’t seem to find out too much about. Just curious if their current “live-dates” lead singer, the pro skater Mike Vallely, is writing and singing on it. With Cinema Cinema and the Dollyrots, this show should give you your RDA of old-school punk ’n’ roll.... Otherwise, you got Detroit-based basement punks Tyvek with our own Octa#Grape, Teenage Burritos, and Vyper Skwad filling a hella fun bar-rock billing at the Hideout in City Heights...while Dave Good’s Of Noted show Howlin’ Rain blows into Casbah after Buffalo Killers.
Wayne “the Train” Hancock will rock the Casbah old-school country-style after our own El Monte Slim on Wednesday. Train’s a one-man juke-joint jam band from Austin, Texas, and a retro honky-tonker born too late for his britches. I have no idea what that means. He’s touring in support of last year’s recommendable Bloodshot Records release Ride. Push play on this week’s podcast for a taste of the title track of that.... The rest of the humpnight hits’d be Texas indie-rock act Unlikely Candidates stumping at Soda Bar...and proggy punks Shai Hulud, who play Ché Café behind this year’s Reach Beyond the Sun. I know you want to know, so I looked it up: the Shai-Hulud are giant sandworms in Frank Herbert’s Dune books.