Spanish band Hinds hits the Soda Bar Sunday night after our own Muscle Beech and Geyser House. Hinds is from Madrid and is formerly known as the Deers, which NME had hailed as “Europe’s most exciting new band.” Um, yeah. Four pouty, pretty Spanish ladies playing surfy lo-fi garage-pop sung en español. Or even cuter, in broken English. One Bandcamp commenter likened their sound to the Velvets playing Beach Boys. Ja ja ja.... Else: Casbah’s hosting a “Japan Night,” featuring Japan bands fresh from SXSW Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re, Quorum, and the Fin, as well as my local crush, Pleasure Fix, and Bloodflowers...while L.A. alt-pop acts Echosmith and the Colourist split a bill at House of Blues.
Beantown band Pile piles into the van and pulls up to Soda Bar Monday night, after Yazan, Mariel, and Quali. Pile seems like the heir apparent to that other angular, sometimes overloud and ugly but usually pretty engaging Boston band Mission of Burma. I’d add if Mission was working out on some Scratch Acid. And the math-rock comps? Yeah, really long division with a fat black crayon. Pile’s platter You’re Better Than This is no easy-listenin’, but if you can elbow your way into the thing you can hear that it’d make for a hell of a show; y’know, unless you’re prone to seizure.... Otherwise, punk-metal four-piece Death Eyes (Death Crisis + Rats Eyes) will play a CD-release at Casbah. Little Dove, Kata, and Foreign Bodies open that show...while the Undercover crew’s covering Nirvana at the Office in North Park. Could be cool, could be a f!!!ing trainwreck. I’ll be there either way, in case they want someone to sing “Tourettes” in Italian — Dire cuore! Freddo cuore, freddo cuore, fredo cuore! Bucket list thing.
Electronic artist Shlohmo plugs in at Casbah after Purple and Nick Melons. Shlohmo is L.A.-based producer Henry Laufer, and he is touring in advance of the April 7 release of his anticipated sophomore set Dark Red, which is, according to the press release accompanying the lead single “Buried,” “an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal”.... Baltimore pop-punk quartet Have Mercy plays the Irenic after like-minded locals Weatherbox...hip-hop folkie Ceschi Ramos hits up Soda Bar...and Dave Good’s Of Notable show SoKo’s at the Loft.
Dryw Keltz had a chat with Punch Brother and former Nickel Creeker Chris Thile for this week’s Blurt, so flip or click there to catch up with him before his Punch Brothers play Observatory North Park on Wednesday.... Also on humpnight, you’ve got a locals-only show, as indie-rockers Viva Apollo launch off the Soda stage after Mondegreens and Whiskey Circle....Long Beach rapper Joey Fatts of the Cutthroat Boyz haz the mic at Porter’z Pub...and just for shits and giggles on April Fool’s Day, let’s spread the rumor that Justin Bieber’s playing an acoustic set at Lestat’s. That’s, like, just this side of beliebable and should get a teeny gaggle of beliebers out to the coffeehouse, where in actual factuality Kansas City singer-songer Una Walkenhorst will be holding acoustic court. I’m sorry, Una. Or maybe you’re welcome!