Tinnitus unite us! From Eugene, Oregon, the mighty Yob takes the stage at Brick by Brick behind their latest record, the crushing Clearing the Path to Ascend. Four tracks clocking in at just over an hour that Rolling Stone named the best metal album of 2014, and the 50th best album of 2014 overall. For 20 years guitarist/singer/songwriter Mike Scheidt has folded psych and stoner rock, blues metal, and ambient into old-school doom metal, “reshaping the traditionally forlorn moans and groans of doom into an amorphous roar that, however hellish, shimmers with something resembling hope” (Pitchfork). With like-minded SanFran band Black Cobra and our own Deep Sea Thunder Beast opening the show, Bay Park better batten down the hatches.... Santa Cruz’ socio-politiking time bomb Blackbird Raum headlines sets at Til-Two after Dirty Kid Discount, Sledding With Tigers, and Bogsey. Blackbird Raum’s new record, Destroyer, is marked “No electricity was used in the making of this album.” And it wasn’t. These cats lean to the folk side of folk-punk, employing banjo, washboard, washtub bass, accordion, violin, and mandolin.... English alt-rock act the Cult, famous for ’80s radio staples such as “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Love Removal Machine,” this year finished off a trilogy of albums with Hidden Cities. The Reader’s Andrew Hamlin had a chat with Cult frontman Ian Astbury (Blurt, November 12 issue) in advance of Thursday night’s set at House of Blues, where the Cult splits a bill with Scottish rockers Primal Scream.
“It’s more about not having expectations while still giving a f!!k,” Broncho’s Ben King was quoted in his hometown rag The Oklahoman. It was just before the current tour in support of their sophomore set Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, and he was talking about the hype surrounding lead single “Class Historian.” “It doesn’t seem like it helps,” King said. “Even if it’s good, it’s never good for you.” The song, like the album, is very okay, and the band rocks a stage, which is what they’ll be about at the Hideout after Pearl Charles (Blank Tapes) and L.A. “rock missionaries” the Shelters.... Garage-rock Atlanta band the Woggles and our own blues-rock-bent Schizophonics and psychedelicious Loons fill a throwback bill at Til-Two. Listening to the Woggles’ latest, Souled Out, as I type (“Karate Monkey”) and they are ageless. Mighty Manfred is in full voice. Here’s a chance to check out one of Little Steven’s (Underground Garage) favorite bands.... Best of the rest Friday night finds San Diego’s “punkrockinest” four-piece Obligerant radding up the Balboa with Family Tree Analog and the really fun to say Fictitious Dishes...Journey tribute DSB is at the HOB raining radio hell on downtown...and Crete, Greece grunge punks Barb Wire Dolls are up at Ramona Mainstage with punk-n-roll locals Chica Diabla and the scourge of Golden Hill, the Yucks.
Saturday is stacked with shows, so put on your speed-readers, cuz here goes: Reader pop critic Dave Good’s Of Noted show, the English eclectic act (garage, R&B, Americana) Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs is at Casbah after local favorites Dani Bell & the Tarantist, Madly, and the Loons...alt-rockers Everclear, who spoke with Reader writer Andrew Hamlin for this week’s “Thank you, Universe” Blurt, plays the Music Box with Hydra Melody...sound machinist Author & Punisher will play his brand of industrial doom metal at the Hideout after the Swans-y Portland duo Muscle & Marrow and San Diego hip-hop rebels Skrapez...Brooklyn-based pop-rock power trio Dreamers play the Voodoo Room at House of Blues after Pinback Zach’s Systems Officer and Scuffs...O.B. bar Winston’s stages the always-entertaining Reno-based rock-n-soul big band Jelly Bread...Scottish indie hits We Were Promised Jetpacks, touring in support of their third record, Unravelling, is at the Irenic with Seoul...and alt-rocking Seattle act Minus the Bear joins Bloomington, Indiana indie band Murder By Death at Observatory North Park.
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