Cocktail nation will do the mash at this year’s Tiki Oasis bash, “Party on Monster Island.” Tiki Oasis is San Diego’s annual celebration of all things tropicalia — kitsch crafts and clothes, classic hot rods, island cocktails, and rock and roll by throwback acts such as the Sonics and the Woggles. It all kicks off Thursday night at the Bali Hai meet-n-greet on Shelter Island and then moves into Mission Valley’s hotel/time machine, the Crowne Plaza. Hit up the website for the four-day schedule of events: tikioasis.com.... “Replicating the music of the Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of the Band is an art.” Former members of the Band, Levon Helm Band, and Rick Danko Group comprise the Weight, “the most authentic presentation of the Band that the world is ever going to get,” according to the Belly Up, where the Weight takes the stage Thursday night.... Best of the rest on Thursday finds Olympia, Washington’s psych-folkie Elizabeth le Fey, aka Globelamp, at Ché Café with L.A.’s “honey-coated razor blades” Tashaki Miyaki...bringin’ the funk-rock for 15 years, L.A. rock-room staple Downtown Brown will split a bill at Soda Bar with Japan party band Pinky Doodle Poodle...Bad Vibes, AJ Froman, and Red Light District fill an indie-eclectic bill at the Merrow in Hillcrest...while Santa Barbara–based garage-rock trio Beware the Darkness, touring in advance of this year’s Are You Real? record, takes the Casbah stage after the room gets its Pleasure Fix.
Brooklyn-via-Deep in the Heart of Texas, punk’d slacker act Parquet Courts brings the messy melodicism of last year’s Human Performance to the all-ages stage at the Irenic. The Courts records resemble early Pavement, with a little more punk pedal and a knack for hooks Pavement lacked. And guitarists/singers Andrew Savage and Austin Brown complement each other song for clever song, unlike the lopsided affair between Malkmus and “Spiral Stairs.” Dublin’s (all-boy) Girl Band opens the show.... San Diego’s answer to ’80s L.A., Chica Diabla, will play a long-awaited record-release date at Casbah for their self-titled debut, a record the Reader’s Dryw Keltz says “brings bass, guitar, drums, and vocals pegged at 11 all day long.” Mittens, the Touchies, and Chamber Sixx set it up, while DJ Diana Death will be at the decks between sets.... Else: L.A. actor/musician Shaun Fleming, aka Diane Coffee, brings the “psychedelic Motown” of his latest record, Everybody’s a Good Dog, to the Hideout after Waterstrider and Big Bloom...Ché Café has the garage-punk Audacity to headline sets by VHS, Teach Me, and Cheeks...while up in the rurals, outlaw country singer/songwriter David Allan Coe plays the Ramona Mainstage.
According to Digable Planets founder Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, the jazzy hip-hop trio owes a lot of what it’s got to Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. The Planets have been on hiatus since 2005. In advance of their reunion show at Belly Up this Saturday, Butler talks to the Reader’s Andrew Hamlin about the influence of TV show theme songs and why he realigned the Planets with the success of his current psychedelic hip-hop project, Shabazz Palaces, which has been opening shows for Radiohead this year, btw. The always-entertaining Camp Lo will set the stage.... New Orleans “art-punk” four-piece Pears tries to live in the “bananasphere,” but everything keeps coming up pears. “And that fruit sucks,” according to lead singer Zach Quinn, who says “pears” is band slang for trouble. Quinn says of their art-punk tag, “we’re more subtle, far less broad than other bands that have touted the title.” Touring in support of their new musical grab-bag of a record, Green Star, Quinn speaks with the Reader’s Dryw Keltz in advance of Saturday’s show at the Soda Bar about “orbiting the bananasphere” and blowing up their van — on purpose. Direct Hit!, DFMK, and Pissed Regardless open the show.... Big night at the Tiki Oasis at Crowne Plaza, where throwback acts Mission Creeps, Deadbolt, the Lampshades, Creepy Creeps, and the Sonics rock the nuggets out of Mission Valley...while Seattle-based singer/songwriter David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) plays Casbah behind his new album, Blanco. Indie-rocker Michael Nau, who Pitchfork places in its “Rock ’n’ Roll Underdogs Hall of Fame,” will set the stage.
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