Power-pop awesomeness Cheap Trick take the midway stage at the Del Mar Fair on Wednesday!
Electronic artist Sam Prekop (The Sea and Cake) plugs in at Casbah on Sunday.
The Sea and Cake’s master baker Sam Prekop sets up at Casbah on Sunday behind his latest Thrill Jockey disc The Republic, which, according to the label’s one-sheet, “showcases Prekop’s talent for creating expressive music through mechanical patterns, repetitions, and chance.” Apparently, Mr. Prekop, on top of being a master baker and a man of chance, is a “modular synthesist.” I have no idea. But I do know that Seattle synth artiste Norm Chambers, aka Panabrite, and Drew Andrews’s new deal, Bit Maps, open the show.... Otherwise, you got “American metalcore” by a band called Of Mice & Men on the mainstage at all-ages Soma...and the always-rocking Zep tribute Zoso up at Belly Up.
L.A. garage-punk group Death Valley Girls hit the Hideout Monday night!
“Everybody’s got to be in a gang,” posts L.A.’s “doom-boogie” girl-boy band Death Valley Girls. The gang plays the Hideout Monday night behind their “dystopian future-punk” disc Electric High. Spinning the title track as I type and, yea, these kids get it right. Kim Fowley would have rubber-stamped this band after the first blast of proto-punk fuzz and female wail. WAIT! Death Valley Girls do NOT play the Hideout Monday night. This show is now on Thursday, June 18.... BUT, right up the road from Hideout on Monday, June 8, Lake Worth, Florida’s fiddle-punk merrymakers Everymen take the Soda Bar stage behind their latest DIY devil-conjuring disc, Givin’ Up on Free Jazz.... Not your jar of whiskey? From Oslo, Norway, world-pop and hip-hop singers Nico & Vinz are at House of Blues behind their latest Warner Bros. release, Black Star Elephant.
Britpop band the Kooks visit House of Blues on Tues.
Britpop four-piece the Kooks tour through House of Blues behind last year’s Listen, a collection that English music mag NME calls “a questionable diversion into funk and ska.” Scrolling through Kooks titles it appears the music is too accessible for the rock-crit crowd. Huh. From Long Island, hip-hop and pop artist Jon Bellion opens the show.... Folk-pop Seattle act Ivan & Alyosha play Casbah behind this year’s It’s All Just Pretend. “Customers who bought this item also bought My Morning Jacket, Best Coast, Mikal Cronin, and” — noooo — “Mumford & Sons.” Three out of four ain’t bad, Ivan & Alyosha.
I’m going to the Fair on Wednesday. I’m going on every ride, playing every game, and I’m going to eat a giant turkey leg and fried balls of Kool-Aid while I jump around and sing along with one of my favorite pop-rock singers, Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, who hit the midway stage after Grammy-winning guitarist Peter Frampton. I’m going to the Fair on Wednesday, and it’s going to be the best day ever.