Bomp! Records is one of those fringe-rock labels that inspires cult-like trust, fanatacism even (I’ll leave it to you to look up their roster), so when they dropped the Warlocks’ first full-length, Rise and Fall, back in 2001, I was all over it. Rise and Fall’s double-drummer, four-guitar psych-fuzz and skree helped me soundproof my first in-home rehearsal/recording space (ask me when you see me) and stands as one of the best drone-rock records of the early oughts, deserving of every comp to early Floyd’s artistry, the more experimental sides of VU, and Jesus and Mary Chain’s noise-pop hookery. The Warlocks (an early name of VU — and the Grateful Dead — btw) has changed lineups a lot over its 15-year run, but with singer/songwriter/many-instrumentalist Bobby Hecksher ever at the helm, I never miss an opportunity to go plugless, which I will, at the Hideout Thursday night, after Shake Before Us, Shady Francos, and Vowws get the walls wet.... Miss the door there, power-pop players Paul Collins Beat are headlining sets at the Tower Bar after Lifeforms and Gary Hankins & the Summer Knowledge...while Brooklyn hip-hop hit Joey Bada$$, touring in support of this year’s Billboard killer, B4.Da.$$, has the mic at Observatory North Park.
Philly indie-rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their breakout debut. Reader contributor Dryw Keltz spoke with the band’s one constant, Alec Ounsworth, about the group’s new direction and the change in the pop-music climate since its initial internet success in this week’s “Ten years — Clap Your Hands” Blurt. They play Casbah after the Delaware-based audio/visual act Teen Men.... From New Orleans, very-heavy metal band — they actually call it “blackened death metal” — Goatwhore sets up at Soda Bar behind their latest Metal Blade record, Constricting Rage of the Merciless. Black Breath, Ringworm, and Theories set it up.... Glam-band parodists Steel Panther lope into House of Blues on their All You Can Eat tour. Haven’t spun the record, but the cover’s a slick (if sick) rendering of The Last Supper, and the lead singles are “Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World” and “Burden of Being Wonderful.” Sounds fun...but not as fun as punk parmigiana! From Reggio Emilia, Italy, 35-year-strong hardcore band Raw Power plays Til-Two behind their new Beer City Records reissues. Like-minded locals Deathwish and Systematic Abuse warm up this spicy meatball.... Best of the rest finds the “California soul” singer and ex–New Kinetics Birdy Bardot at the Balboa with Mittens...while border band Geyser House celebrates an EP-release at Whistle Stop after Ditches and the Cardielles for a triple bill of local garage-rock awesome.
I rarely reconnoiter a venue, but I may have to suss out the Silo in Maker’s Quarter (anyone?), where, according to several pokes I’ve received over the past few weeks, San Diego native and underground hip-hop producer/turntablist Gaslamp Killer will headline sets after Oliver and Penguin Prison for what should be a fuh-reak scene of epoch proportions. Especially if it’s in an actual silo. It’s not, I just looked at some photos and it appears to be an outdoor deal. Stillandall, sounds like a special Saturday night in downtown San Diego.... Around town Saturday night, you’ve got indie-rock emotist Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen at the Casbah. He's touring in support of his first solo set, Black Hours. NYC sunny-pop couple Jack+Eliza up first...while rust-belt punk rockers the Zero Boys (ca. 1979) hit Til-Two with hardcore crews Lower Class Brats and the Potato Pirates, yes, the Potato Pirates.
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