The band that crochets together, stays together. The hard-rocking duo Deap Vally — Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums, vocals) — met stitching and bitching in Silver Lake before becoming the throwdowningest pair of afghan-knitters in L.A. Though steeped in staticky blues rock, they’re more Wilson sisters than White Stripes, grooving on classic-rock forms while singing feminine-strong. Or as Consequence of Sound would have it, “feminism from two model-pretty women who can rock out like their classic-rock forerunners.” Deap Vally’s touring in support of their debut, Sistrionix, and will headline sets at Belly Up after surfy locals Muscle Beech and psych-pop trio Wild Wild Wets.... Best of the rest Thursday night finds That 1 Guy from Sin City who makes his own gear (magic pipe, magic boot, magic saw) at Casbah with San Diego guitarist Mark Goffeney, aka Big Toe. If you’ve never seen the handicapable Goffeney play, dude shreds it shoeless...Brooklyn hip-hop hit and Wu-Tang man GZA has the mic at the Observatory North Park. “The Genius” is out to tout this year’s anticipated Dark Matter CD release, due to drop in the spring...right up the road, local “vintage SF pop of the near-present future” duo the Dabbers take the stage at Seven Grand...Ohio-based indie-rock throwbacks (think sprawling Built to Spill and high-minded, high-toned Shins) the Sidekicks hit Soda Bar behind this year’s Epitaph set Runners in the Nerved World after our own Cayetana and Future Crooks...while House of Blues hosts NY emo-core crew Taking Back Sunday and likeminded Philly kids the Menzingers. This one’s Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week, so flip or click there for more on them.
From Houstown in Texas, “Gulf Coast soul” group the Suffers visit Seven Grand. The Suffers are a ten-piece band behind dynamo rock-n-soul vocalist Kam Franklin. After giving their debut EP Make Some Room a spin, I suspect the big band was built, piece by piece, until they matched Ms. Franklin’s sonic gravity. She is a force, and I for one cannot wait to be in the same room with it.... Miss the door in NoPark, one of our favorite roots-punk duos, Sean & Zander, roll into Whistle Stop. That’s vocalist Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) and multi-instrumentalist Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks, the Weirdos, Joe Strummer). Spent a weekend with these two mooks up at Pappy & Harriet’s and testify here that they’ve got personality and talent to burn.... Miss the door in SoPark, she-shredders Zepparella and Hell’s Belles split a classic-rock radio bill at Brick by Brick...from Hollyweird via Juarez, heavy-metal mariachi act Metalachi’s at Casbah. If you like your rock con salsa, then I can’t recommend enough their classic covers record Uno. Psych-n-soul locals Madly open the show...or bang your cabeza to postcore quartet Griever. They’ll play a CD-release at Soda Bar for their tasty new chugger Our Love Is Different. Kodiak, Ghost Limb, and Deep Sea Thunder Beast set up this cavity rattler.
You probably already know that Aussie alt-rockers the Church, touring behind last year’s release Further/Deeper, their 21st studio set, sold out the Casbah. Boooo...but, BUT, guitar psychonaut Ben Chasny (Comets on Fire) and his Six Organs of Admittance will be at the Soda Bar. Yaaayyy. Chasny’s touring in support of this year’s Hexadic record, which dropped last week via Drag City. Hexadic’s a difficult but worthwhile listen, drawing a defining line between Chasny’s meditative and combative sides. The artist draws you in with his measured pluck and drone and then buries it in the red — including your head. Six Organs is an experiential show. You’re warned. Vocalist Elisa Ambrogio, stripped of her noise-rock racket Magik Markers, and world-folk explorer Dominick Joseph Gambini will open the show.... If the Soda sells out, you don’t even have to get in your car, as a coupla blocks west on El Cajon, the Hideout conjures Craft Spells. The Seattle act is a stage band behind the very pop-crafty Justin Vallesteros, who calls out his touchstone with his tongue-in-cheek Facebook profile: “son of Brian Ferry.” There is a catchy new-wave clutch of Roxy Music mimicry here but also a good deal of late-era New Order. Bedroom-pop played big. SanFran dream-pop trio Bilinda Butchers will set it up.... If you miss the door there as well and just have to get in your car, it’s not far to Seven Grand, where resonator-rocker Jimmy Ruelas will be “digging deep from Depression era blues, New Orleans jazz from the Twenties, and Sixties soul.”
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