L.A.’s purveyors of sci-fi garage-punk the Zig Zags light up at Soda Bar Sunday night. Take last year’s self-titled In the Red record for a spin on the web, esp. head shredders “Brainded Warrior,” “The Fog,” and “Voices of the Paranoid.” Yowza! Best part: the scuzz-rock power trio’s drummer is the singer, just like Triumph! Grids, Wild Honey, and Clean Room set it up.... Otherwises: from Hollywood, 30-years-along glam-metal band Faster Pussycat hits Brick by Brick with Gunner Gunner and Chamber Sixx...while the two-time Grammy-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez will be slapping the skins in the Backstage Lounge at Humphreys.
Louisville quartet White Reaper’s White Reaper Does It Again was my surprise find this week. As far as power-pop records go, it was the most immediate and catchiest collection I’d heard all year, and here we are pressed up against 2016. It’s nasal-sung fun-punk wrung from the records of the Sweet, the Beat, the Ramones, Cheap Trick, and the Who — like Green Day did/does, but with over-the-top organ runs that’ll plaster a smile on your bobbing head. White Reaper hits the Hideout Monday night. Psst, start coughing really loud around 2 or 3 today to set up that Tuesday morning call-in.... The four-piece boy-girl Seattle act Tacocat describes themselves as “post-post-punk-pop-pop...Go-Go’s meets the Monkees. Kurt meets Courtney.” The witty indie kids broke out with last year’s Hardly Art record NVM (Nevermind, heshers) and are still touring in support. The Reader’s Andrew Hamlin had a chat with the Cats in advance of Monday’s gig at Casbah, where they open for Sallie Ford.... ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will play from his first solo record, Perfectamundo, at Belly Up. Apparently the Rock Hall of Famer had an Afro-Cuban itch to scratch: “My dad sent me up to New York to study Latin percussion with Tito Puente. I learned maracas, timbales, clavas, bongos...you name it,” Gibbons says. “And having lived in Mexico a couple years, I know just enough Spanish to get me in trouble.” I couldn’t get through the collection, but it’s BFG, and he’s got a guitar in his hands.
Avant-garde jazz trio the Bad Plus and saxophonist Joshua Redman take the stage at the Music Box in support of their 2015 collaboration The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, which tends away from the BP’s hard-swing thing. It’s tight, if a bit light, following Redman’s jam-band leads. Stillandall, top-shelf jazz at the supper club...while just up Kettner, “one of our finest rock and roll fools — heart open wide and fangs bared,” Ezra Furman and his Boyfriends hook up with a solo-rolling Guy Blakeslee (the Entrance Band) at Casbah.
The English power-pop hit-maker Nick Lowe has got a Christmas record to his credit, 2013’s Quality Street, and a holiday show to go with it, which he will perform at Belly Up on Wednesday. Lowe took a call and some questions from the Reader’s Patrick Henderson for this week’s “Yule to be kind” Blurt.... Around town Wednesday night: English flutist, saxophonist, singer, and space-rock pioneer Nik Turner and his Hawkwind blow into Til-Two after Hedersleben, Tar Halos, and Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen...NYC dance-rock band Papa (“satsfying both the soul and the sole of the shoe”) and San Diego’s narcotic surf-pop trio the Gloomies split a bill at Casbah...Alaskan alt-metal band 36 Crazyfists hit Brick by Brick with All Hail the Yeti...while House of Blues plugs in Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, a cabaret act that turns modern pop hits into ragtime-period pieces.