L.A. cow-punk originators X — about to turn 40 and featuring the original lineup of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebreak — will rock the Casbah for four nights, Thursday (with Mike Watt), Friday (with the Blasters), Saturday (with Small Wigs), and Sunday (with Chris Shiflett). Dryw Keltz does a phoner with singer/bassist John Doe about the early days of West Coast punk and that enduring SD versus L.A. rivalry for this week’s “X times 4” Blurt.... Nobody does fuzzy flower pop like the Dandys from Portlandia, and this year’s Distortland is no exception. Singing through glimmering morning-after music for club kids, Dandy Warhols’ frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor still excels at his “Bohemian Like You” subculture tell-alls. They take the Belly Up stage after Londonites Telegram play their “cracked, crepuscular canticles” on Thursday.... Best of the rest: electronic music collective Acid Varsity stages local DJ Greyboy (All Stars) who will debut an electro set at the Kava Lounge on Kettner. MaxBetta and Al-B go first...grindcore Seattle act Head Wound City and Minneapolis’ punky riff riot Blind Shake will play the We Eat Hate Like Love benefit for The Center at Bar Pink...up in the Heights Thursday night, New Orleans indie poppers Royal Teeth sink into Soda Bar...while down the street at the Hideout, L.A.-via-Provo beats duo Sego headlines sets by Prism Tats and Well Well Well.
Like a hippie shaman singing psychedelic rock-and-soul, Chris Robinson commands a cult of fans much like the Dead did. Touring in support of this year’s bluesy but beautiful If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home By Now, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will play the Observatory stage on Friday. Reader contributor Andrew Hamlin has a chat with the Black Crowes founder/singer/guitarist in this week’s “Mr. Robinson’s frontier spirit” Blurt.... Else on Friday: Hocus, Gloomsday, and Fictitious Dishes fill a solid alt bill at Til-Two, with Heather Hardcore spinning ’round sets...Shot Out Hoods and Screamin’ Yeehaws bring their brand of punkabilly to Brick by Brick...from Florida, rapping web hit Fat Nick’s at the Irenic...while the Pyrate Punx host their annual toy drive at Tower Bar, featuring hardcore sets by Pissed Regardless, Que Oso, MondoShanks, and Die Raldo.
We used to call the rapper/actor "Mos Def," but times change, as do names, apparently. On his last-ever tour, Yasiin Bey will play the Observatory North Park on Saturday, premiering his upcoming and final album Negus in Natural Person, which features Bey rapping over music by Tame Impala. Nice. Bey will then retire from music and film, as announced via Kanye West’s website — “an odd message that hints at a nefarious South African political conspiracy and raises as many questions as it answers,” according to Consequence of Sound.... Saturday also finds Soda Bar staging the hard-rocking Strikers with Slam Diego bands Systematic Abuse, Christ Killer, and Iguanadon...Oaktown’s “maximum R&B surf-stomp” trio the Atom Age plays Til-Two...while Boston Strat blaster Gary Hoey’s Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday sled slides into Ramona Mainstage up in the rurals.
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