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X meets Mr. Hitchcock

Plus Black Rivers, Jeff Tweedy, and Gang of Four

Rock and roll raconteur Robyn Hitchcock joins X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka at Belly Up on Sunday.
Rock and roll raconteur Robyn Hitchcock joins X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka at Belly Up on Sunday.
Doves brothers Jez and Andy Williams are now Black Rivers. They flow into the Soda Monday night behind their new s/t set.

Sunday 22
X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka join Robyn Hitchcock for one of Belly Up’s “Evening With” seated shows. Be aware, there’s no opening act at these things and you should be seated by 8p when the strumming and humming begins. Otherwise, it’s eye-dagger city, baby. Check it: “A special acoustic performance by the two singers and cofounders of X, John Doe and Exene Cervenka. They are joined by Robyn Hitchock, who will perform selections from his catalog of over 500 songs recorded as a Soft Boy, Egyptian, and solo raconteur since 1976.” Nice Sunday-nighter.

Monday 23
Uke freak Jake Shimabukura sold out both of his sets at Belly Up Monday night, fyi...but around town you’ve got Black Rivers rolling into Soda Bar behind their new self-titled set. Black Rivers is Jez and Andy Williams of Brit indie band Doves; i.e., Black Rivers sounds a lot like Doves, which, according to one of my favorite record reviewers on Amazon, is a lot like “Coldplay without the douchebaggery, Radiohead without the pretentiousness.” Local pop-rock acts Sundrop Electric and Speaker in Reverse open the show.... Else: it’s a Soultry Monday at Bar Pink where Tori Roze and her Hot Mess help you work out your new-week kinks with some soulful funk ’n’ roll...while British indie-pop duo Ting Tings hit House of Blues behind last year’s Super Critical CD.

Family band Tweedy (Jeff of Wilco and drummer son Spencer) split a bill with Minus 5 at the Balboa Theatre on Tuesday.

Tuesday 24
I just watched about half of a 12-minute Q&A with Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, in which dad rambled and Spence just nodded along. I couldn’t take it, and that parallels my mini review of the duo’s debut as Tweedy, Sukierae ­— “Singer/songer dad rambling, drummer-son nodding along. Twenty(!?) songs of it.” (Sukierae is Spencer’s mom’s name, by the way, and cue the eyeroll.) Tupelo/Wilco fans are not necessarily Jeff Tweedy fans, and Sukierae is a pretty accurate dividing line. The song “Summer Noon,” which appeared on the Boyhood soundtrack, is good, but not as good as anything on Minus 5’s new one, Dungeon Golds, which is a super-solid pop-rock record — timeless, and immediate fun. Catch up with Minus 5 frontman Scott McCaughey in this week’s “Guinness played its part” Blurt. Tweedy and Minus 5 will split this week’s Big Rock Show bill at Balboa Theatre downtown Tuesday night.... Not into BRSs? San Diego’s art-punk supergroup Ghetto Blaster turns up at Casbah after Ape Machine and Girl Band...while Radio Halloran dials in a LOUD one at the Merrow, featuring Desert Suns, Mos Generator, Wounded Giant, and Great Electric Quest.

Philly punk-n-roll five-piece Sheer Mag takes the Tower on Wednesday!

Wednesday 25
We got in touch with Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill for last week’s “Appropriate language” Blurt. Go check that out, I’ll wait here... Nice guy, yeah? Great player. Gill and his current Gang are out to tout this year’s What Happens Next record and will appear at Belly Up humpnight. NYC indie kids Public Access T.V. open the show, while 91X’s Halloran spins ’round sets.... Around town: Philly five-piece Sheer Mag is one of Rolling Stone’s bands to watch. According to the dad mag, Sheer Mag “sounds like a gang of punks with a not-so-secret love of ’70s classic rock...for fans of Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and beat-up microphones.” I love all that shit. Sheer Mag plays the Tower Bar after Dictator...Brooklyn’s party-rock big band Rubblebucket spills it at Casbah behind last year’s Survival Sounds...while Olympia grunge-pop trio Broken Water flows into the Hideout with their brand-spanking newborn, Wrought. As of this typing, I only had the lead single “High-Lo” to listen to, but I listened twice. Great cut!

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Rock and roll raconteur Robyn Hitchcock joins X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka at Belly Up on Sunday.
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Doves brothers Jez and Andy Williams are now Black Rivers. They flow into the Soda Monday night behind their new s/t set.

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X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka join Robyn Hitchcock for one of Belly Up’s “Evening With” seated shows. Be aware, there’s no opening act at these things and you should be seated by 8p when the strumming and humming begins. Otherwise, it’s eye-dagger city, baby. Check it: “A special acoustic performance by the two singers and cofounders of X, John Doe and Exene Cervenka. They are joined by Robyn Hitchock, who will perform selections from his catalog of over 500 songs recorded as a Soft Boy, Egyptian, and solo raconteur since 1976.” Nice Sunday-nighter.

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Uke freak Jake Shimabukura sold out both of his sets at Belly Up Monday night, fyi...but around town you’ve got Black Rivers rolling into Soda Bar behind their new self-titled set. Black Rivers is Jez and Andy Williams of Brit indie band Doves; i.e., Black Rivers sounds a lot like Doves, which, according to one of my favorite record reviewers on Amazon, is a lot like “Coldplay without the douchebaggery, Radiohead without the pretentiousness.” Local pop-rock acts Sundrop Electric and Speaker in Reverse open the show.... Else: it’s a Soultry Monday at Bar Pink where Tori Roze and her Hot Mess help you work out your new-week kinks with some soulful funk ’n’ roll...while British indie-pop duo Ting Tings hit House of Blues behind last year’s Super Critical CD.

Family band Tweedy (Jeff of Wilco and drummer son Spencer) split a bill with Minus 5 at the Balboa Theatre on Tuesday.

Tuesday 24
I just watched about half of a 12-minute Q&A with Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, in which dad rambled and Spence just nodded along. I couldn’t take it, and that parallels my mini review of the duo’s debut as Tweedy, Sukierae ­— “Singer/songer dad rambling, drummer-son nodding along. Twenty(!?) songs of it.” (Sukierae is Spencer’s mom’s name, by the way, and cue the eyeroll.) Tupelo/Wilco fans are not necessarily Jeff Tweedy fans, and Sukierae is a pretty accurate dividing line. The song “Summer Noon,” which appeared on the Boyhood soundtrack, is good, but not as good as anything on Minus 5’s new one, Dungeon Golds, which is a super-solid pop-rock record — timeless, and immediate fun. Catch up with Minus 5 frontman Scott McCaughey in this week’s “Guinness played its part” Blurt. Tweedy and Minus 5 will split this week’s Big Rock Show bill at Balboa Theatre downtown Tuesday night.... Not into BRSs? San Diego’s art-punk supergroup Ghetto Blaster turns up at Casbah after Ape Machine and Girl Band...while Radio Halloran dials in a LOUD one at the Merrow, featuring Desert Suns, Mos Generator, Wounded Giant, and Great Electric Quest.

Philly punk-n-roll five-piece Sheer Mag takes the Tower on Wednesday!

Wednesday 25
We got in touch with Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill for last week’s “Appropriate language” Blurt. Go check that out, I’ll wait here... Nice guy, yeah? Great player. Gill and his current Gang are out to tout this year’s What Happens Next record and will appear at Belly Up humpnight. NYC indie kids Public Access T.V. open the show, while 91X’s Halloran spins ’round sets.... Around town: Philly five-piece Sheer Mag is one of Rolling Stone’s bands to watch. According to the dad mag, Sheer Mag “sounds like a gang of punks with a not-so-secret love of ’70s classic rock...for fans of Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and beat-up microphones.” I love all that shit. Sheer Mag plays the Tower Bar after Dictator...Brooklyn’s party-rock big band Rubblebucket spills it at Casbah behind last year’s Survival Sounds...while Olympia grunge-pop trio Broken Water flows into the Hideout with their brand-spanking newborn, Wrought. As of this typing, I only had the lead single “High-Lo” to listen to, but I listened twice. Great cut!

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