Soda Bar sets up post-metal trio Sannhet on Thursday night!
Blues great John Mayall takes the stage at Belly Up Thursday.
Brooklyn-based post-metal band Sannhet gets me. Not lyrically, there are none. I mean rhythmically. The instrumental trio just happens to play in my circadian rhythmn. The tones on this year’s very recommendable Revisionist (for fans of heavy “instrumetal” bands such as Russian Circles, Explosions in the Sky, and pretty post-rockers like Sigur Rós) are warm, not muggy like sludge, an ear-friendly fuzz shot through with popcorn drum fills (Chris Todd’s kit even looks like an old popcorn maker, with that clear orange plexi). Sannhet’s sound is heavy like gravity’s heavy, with a normal resting respiratory rate of 16–20 breaths per minute. So, yeah, it gets on you and in you. Metalsucks.net loves it, and they hate everything, calling it “dreamy” and “rockin’” and “worth sacrificing a goat to the Dark Lord.” (Please don’t do that. You can stream Revisionist free online.) Add Sannhet’s eye-popping light show and this is the set to see Thursday. They play Soda Bar after Flenser labelmates Planning for Burial and King Woman.... Miss the door at the Soda, right up the road, Fat Wreck quartet Bad Cop/Bad Cop raids the Hideout with the punk-pop off of their full-length debut, Not Sorry. Appropriately enough, Decent Criminal opens the show.... Else: Houstown’s rapid rapper Machine Gun Kelly hits the House of Blues behind this year’s General Admission...Aussie jam band John Butler Trio will play Humphreys by the Bay...while the 81-years-young British bluesman John Mayall graces the stage at Belly Up behind his latest record — something like his 60th studio album! — A Special Life.
Mac Sabbath super-sizes Black Sabbath at Brick by Brick on Friday.
San Diego record label the Redwoods will host a revue at Casbah Saturday night, featuring Redwoods friends Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, Midnight Pine, Erik Canzona and the Narrows, Creature and the Woods, and Birdy Bardot (New Kinetics, the Rosalyns). Dryw Keltz had a chat with Birdy and Redwoods cofounder — and the common denominator of all those bands — Al Howard about Ms. Bardot’s solo debut. Check it out in this week’s “Down to Cow” Blurt.... If the local folkies don’t cut your mustard, Operation: Mindblow will host a heavier show out at Til-Two, featuring hard-rockin’ Chicagoans Medusa (ca. 1970s), Glitter Wizard, Joy, and Slow Season for a night of cavity-rattlin’ rock and roll.... Soda Bar sets up Lawrence, Kansas, emocore act Appleseed Cast after Adjy and Coaster. The Appleseeds are celebrating 15 years of their high-water mark, Mare Vitalis, so they’ll probably get all up in that.... You want a side of fries with your tribute band, be at Brick by Brick where Mac Sabbath deep-fries Black Sabbath after the Fooz Fighters break a leg in honor of Dave Grohl.... Kansas plays the San Diego County Fair on Friday. Catch up with the wayward sons of Topeka in this week’s Andrew Hamlin–penned Blurt, “Mommy, look, a pirate!”
Austin roots rockers the Bellfuries will headline sets at Til-Two Saturday night.
Happy Independence Day, y’all. If you’re up for some fun following all the grill food and fireworks, stick with the patriotic theme at the “Don’t Tread on Me” fest out at Tower Bar, where Midnight Eagle, Hammer Kill, and Poontang Clam fill an all-American fun-punk bill under the spire. And while you’re there, pick up a pressing of Midnight Eagle’s Baptized in Beer. According to the band, after extensive research it has been determined that “beer tastes better while listening to Midnight Eagle on vinyl. That shit is science”.... From the center of the musical universe, Austin in Texas, the 20-year-strong Bellfuries will headline sets at Til-Two after Pat James and the Nonames and Los Apaches for a night of rootsy barroom rock. The Bellfuries are out to tout this year’s Workingman’s Bellfuries, a collection of the ’Furies’ country-fried juke-joint rockaboogie.... Gary Shuffler will don his Thin White Duke duds for another Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders From Mars tribute to Bowie at Casbah.... Or if you’re up in Joshua Tree territory — head in the stars instead of your cars — Fourth of July traffic sucks! — swing by Pappy & Harriet’s for some pulled-pork glory and Americana sets by L.A. fave Nick Waterhorse. And say hi, I’ll be the ham-smuggler in the sauce-stained Budman tank behind a stack of paper plates and red cups. Good times!
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