You can’t keep a good punk down. Detroit son Timmy Vulgar (Epilieptix, Clone Defects, Human Eye, Reptile Forcefield) continues to crush hard rock with a sonic onslaught he calls Timmy’s Organism, which is Vulgar and “a trio of like-minded degenerates that he leads through dismantled punk, space-blues, and debris-sodden noise with deft ease.” That, according to Third Man Records, which last week released the Organisms’s latest, Heartless Heathen. Spinning clips as I type, and it’s like listening to a warped Kiss album. Filthy fun, and with the mighty OctaGrape and Kids in Heat setting it up at Tower Bar, these’d be the sets to see on Thursday.... Psych-pop Atlanta band of Montreal continues to explore the ’60s, experimenting with flower, funk, paisley, and prog on this year’s Aureate Gloom, a return to the lovelorn topics that the band’s constant, Kevin Barnes, continues to try to solve in song. The material and band translate strangely onstage — fun strange. They take the all-ages stage at the Irenic in North Park.... Best of the rest Thursday night: “London’s anti-capitalist DIY trio Shopping challenge their audiences to think — and dance” (Spin). They play the Hideout behind this year’s well-received Why Choose...Austin-based Americana artist David Ramirez is right up the road delivering his new Fables to Soda Bar...while Celtic-punk Canada band the Real McKenzies headline sets at Casbah after likeminded locals Lexington Field and San Diego’s street-punk throwbacks Sculpins.
L.A. Witch is back in town to play Art San Diego’s after-party at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. The Witch’s “scuzzy dark-country minimalism, ghostly lo-fi vocals, and Black Angels–sounding psychedelia” is on full display in teaser single “Kill My Baby Tonight” (lawitches.bandcamp.com). The full-length was due to drop via Lollipop Records over the summer, but I haven’t seen/heard a cut beyond the single. Just the same, love these ladies live. And food, booze, and art at the park, c’mon! Doors at 6:45, band at 9:30, tix just ten bucks.... Second only to Elvis as America’s best-selling solo artist of the 20th Century, the country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, continue a record-setting tour that started over a year ago behind Brooks’s Man Against Machine album. Country’s first couple kicks off three nights at the Valley View Casino Center on Friday and play through Sunday night.... No on either of those? Ya got Young Creatures, the Lulls, and the Gloomies filling an indie billing at the Balboa (the old Tin Can) in Bankers Hill...the Operation: Mindblow crew’s got a good and LOUD one going down at Til-Two, where the hard-rocking-psych five-piece Sacri Monti will play a post-record-release show for their self-titled Tee Pee Records debut, after Fogg, Petyr, and Loom...Dum Dum Girl Sandra Vu’s indie-pop act Sisu is at the Hideout with Hexa and Lunar Maps...while alt-rock locals Sprung Monkey swing into Brick by Brick with Eyes Set to Kill.
Gloom is the new Glee at Bar Pink as doom-pop duo Gloomsday, the psych-surf Gloomies, and dark-art post-punks Ditches take the North Park stage. All three up-and-coming bands have been covered in these pages for their artful indie rock and instant melodicism. And this gig is free! Go see/hear what all the hubbub is about.... Miss the door in NoPark, Pall Jenkins’s Latin-flavored dub-funk big band Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects plays Casbah behind their new record, No Wrong, No Rights. Widows and Victory Mansion open the show, which is also a one-year anniversary event for Fall Brewing Company.... Out at the Tower Saturday night you’ve got all manner of punk-n-roll, with psychobilly band the Strikers, metalcore quintet Cave Bastard, trash-punk border band Bat Lords, and Lemon Grove’s punk-rawking Reckless Disregard.... Suburbia, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. Lansdale, PA’s the Wonder Years takes the all-ages main stage at Soma after Motion City Soundtrack. The Wonder Years is touring in support of this year’s emo-pop collection No Closer to Heaven. Motion City’s new contribution to the emo bins is called Panic Station.... And I can’t not mention that there’s something called “Larb Fest II” going down at Brick by Brick. Looks like a skate-related deal because I see Creature decks and Thrasher magazine are sponsoring, so if the rock doesn’t roll (Putrid Pile, anyone?), you could still walk with a decent bag full of swag.
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