“Everybody’s got to be in a gang,” posts “doom-boogie” girl-boy band Death Valley Girls. The Hollywood-rock gang hits the Hideout Thursday night behind their “dystopian future-punk” EP 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.... Need a change of sight/sound, perambulate right up the road to Soda Bar, where you’ll find Nashville-based indie-folkie Griffin House. Me neither, but according to Soda Bar’s website — and apropos of zip-a-dee-doo-dah, imo — “His father worked in a tire shop and his mother helped place children with foster families.” Lee Coulter opens the show. No word on what his parents do/did, but I know he’s a loc.... Else: from New Yawk, rock-steady big band the Slackers play Dave Good’s Of Noted show at Observatory North Park. Flip or click to Dave’s breakdown for more on them and that...Shelter Island will be rocking to a couple big guitars with big tones, as bad-to-the-bones George Thorogood and that ol’ Stray Cat Brian Setzer take the stage by the bay at Humphreys...while locals Dead Feather Moon, the Paragraphs, and Low Volts & the Hi-Watts fill a filthy rock-roll bill at Belly Up.
Back to Belly Up on Friday, as the Earl of Alt-Country, Steve Earle, and his Dukes take the Solana Beach stage on Friday. The rootsy big band is touring in support of the three-time Grammy winner’s 16th studio set, Terraplane, a record I’m not surprised to report is in the top ten of every genre on the Billboard charts, topping blues, country, folk, and independent. Butch: Who are those guys?.... Beach Boy Brian Wilson this year released a soft-rock set called No Pier Pressure, which seems to have gotten a pass from pop-culture world cuzza the 72-y-o’s legacy. It’s all white bread to me, and with Humphreys tickets starting at $125, I’d be more inclined to go catch “the Brian Wilson story” via art-house biopic Love & Mercy. Not ashamed to admit I’m a big John Cusack fan.... And after the movie I’d roll into O.B., where Gallagher’s has Hills Like Elephants, the Verigolds, and Diamond Lakes filling a triple indie killing.... Casbah’s also serving locally grown fare, as San Diego faves Burning of Rome, Get Back Loretta, Neighbors to the North, and Madly pack the Middletown mainstay.... And finally on Friday, out at Til-Two you’ll get your RDA of greazy beats, as psychobilly bands the Quakes, Blackjackits, Dead Ricardos, and the Johnny Deadly Trio set up on the backyard stage for a night of ducktail rock.
Florida alt-rock act Surfer Blood is touring in support of this year’s independently released 1000 Palms record. Catch up with the Surfer’s singer/guitarist John Paul Pitts in this week’s “Ebb and flow of Surfer Blood” Blurt to find out why they ditched Warner Bros. Surfer Blood washes up on the all-ages stage at the Irenic after Gothic Tropic and Alex Calder.... The scariest band in the land, Deadbolt, pulls into the Whistle Stop in South Park Saturday night. This gig’s a memorial for spirited Deadbolt drummer Garrett Smythe, aka Tank Johnson, who passed in January. Deadbolt was one of the first bands I saw when I moved out here. Chainsaw rock in a packed Pink Panther. I can smell it just thinking about it. RIP, Tank.... Miss the doors at those shows, singer/songwriter Rhett Miller (Old 97’s) plays Casbah behind his latest Americana record, The Traveler. Violinist/singer Annalisa Tornfelt of Miller’s backing band Black Prairie will open the show...while the pride of Geelong, Australia, orchestral art-rock band the Red Paintings hang at Brick by Brick on their It Is as It Was Tour. Alter Der Ruine and Sinflood set that up.
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