L.A. show band Vaud & the Villains will perform their latest jazzy noir at Belly Up Sunday night. It’s like dinner theater without the garlic mash. I’ve never been because I’ve never been that desperate for entertainment, but the guy who delivers our water says it’s “an absolute hoot”.... Tulsa rapper Johnny Polygon’s “Hole in the Wall” tour, in support of his disc Water Damage, hits Tower Bar Sunday night. What’s funny about this is Polygon’s touring with another Oklahoma cat that calls himself A.R.K. Noah. Ya see? Water damage, Noah’s ark... The other funny bit about this is Polygon’s peeps assure me this is a thing, but Tower Bar has no idea. Those are always the best shows.
Fuggin’ Mondays. You’ve got an indie-folkie band called Knox Hamilton at Belly Up. They’re from Little Rock and they sound pleasant enough. Local indie-rock band Oliver Trolley and the Chicago-based singer Genevieve, whose one-sheet calls her “a contemporary of Thom Yorke,” will open the show.... Around town: Casbah’s anti-Monday presents Latin rock act Marujah after Social Club and Chateau...while local folkies 22 Kings and Kristen Ford split a bill at the Merrow in Hillcrest.
So, yeah, Jehu sold out Casbah — twice this month! — surprising no one, but don’t sweat it, punky, because Soda Bar sets up Twinsmith Tuesday night. The Nebraska-based Saddle Creek act is touring in support of their new joint, Alligator Years, which I am spinning right now and finding every bit as catchy as Imagine Dragons. You take that for what it’s worth. The Peripherals, Michael McGraw & the Butchers, and Iguana Nights will open this show...while “doom-pop” duo Gloomsday, featuring Justin Cota on baritone guitar and Lori Sokolowski on drums (just like the Evens!), plays the Merrow. JC and Lori rock way harder than the Evens. That’ll be a funyun at the Merrow, which, for whatever reason, does not have this gig listed, so please call the club to confirm before rolling over.
New Zealander Kimbra Johnson plays Observatory North Park Wednesday night. She’s the girl part of Gotye’s supercolossalsmash “Somebody That I Used to Know” and has a favorably reviewed new record out called The Golden Echo. Paste says it’s “a restless affair, jumping from frizzy, Prince-aping funk to chirpy roller-disco to math-rock dissonance.” Which are all pretty good things. Mikky Ekko — “His pants ripped at the Grammys,” says the guy who delivers our water — opens the show. I will be Spring Breaking next week, so there will be a sub culling the Crawler for the April 9 issue. Maybe the guy who delivers our water!