“We’re just doing this one show.” That’s what Drive Like Jehu’s John Reis said in August of 2014 about their one-off free concert at Balboa Park’s organ pavilion, where they were accompanied by civic organist Dr. Carol Williams. Jehu reunited for the opportunity to perform with the giant Balboa Park organ, Reis told Pitchfork. “I’ve been going to the organ concerts in the park there for years.” Social media lit a fuse under the news and the park was packed. I’m pretty sure I saw you there, but if you want to watch it again, the incendiary five-song set is all over the internet. And maybe that’s what caught the attention of the All Tomorrow’s Parties team, which tapped Jehu to curate this spring’s festival April 22 through 24, when Reis will perform quadruple duty, fronting not only Jehu but Rocket From the Crypt, the Blind Shake, and Hot Snakes with fellow Jehu’r Rick Froberg. ATP is in North Wales, which is a day on a plane. You can catch Drive Like Jehu right here in North Park, warming up on the all-ages stage at the Irenic Thursday night after Pinback Zach’s Systems Officer and local punk ’n’ roll quartet Cruz Radical.... Else on Thursday: from New York City, “disco orchestra” Escort plays Casbah behind last year's Animal Nature...Emily Haines’s (Broken Social Scene) indie-rock Canada band Metric’s at House of Blues...Tower Bar serves lo-fi locals Teenage Burritos...while Chicago’s melancholic-pop player Owen Ashworth, aka Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, aka Advance Base, wheels his piano into the Merrow in Hillcrest.
From Chino Hills, California, emo-core crew A Static Lullaby will play their 2003 high-water mark ...and Don’t Forget to Breathe at Soda Bar Friday night. This is one of two SoCal dates for ASL, who will also play Saturday night in Pomona for you diehards. San Diego’s proggy experimentalists the Calefaction will open the show.... Though Vokab Kompany frontman “Burkey” prefers a genreless tag, the local collective leans to hip-hop jam band, as evidenced by their new long-player, The Good Kompany Album. Fresh off the Run DMC Remix tour with fellow San Diegan Karl Denson, emcees Rob and Burkey and the VK Band will drop the new disc Friday night at the Music Box in Little Italy. The Reader’s Ken Leighton caught up with Burkey in advance of the record-release in this week’s “Surreal Vokabulary” Blurt.... Best of the rest: Dave Wakeling’s ska band English Beat skanks into Casbah, though it looks like that one might sell out, so please call the club before bouncing down to Middletown...local alt-rockers Sprung Monkey swing into Bay Park bar Brick by Brick with Petaluma punks Tsunami Bomb...up in the Heights Friday night, Tower Bar fills a garage-rock bill with the Natives, Electric Healing Sound, and Saints tribute Kid Galahad & the Eternals...while up in the rurals, things get young and ugly when Young Dubliners and Ugly Roomers take the Ramona Mainstage. Our Ugly friend Erich tells us that “a special guest artist, Bill Scott (Gary Puckett & the Union Gap), will be playing synthesized guitar and singing backup” for the Roomers.
“The Stone Foxes have an energetic style that’s rooted in swampy, foot-stomping rock...ambitious arrangements with diverse moods ranging from acoustic twang to thunderous electric-guitar riffs” (NPR’s The World Cafe). Just back from a month of UK dates behind last year’s Twelve Spells, SanFran band Stone Foxes return to California to play Casbah Saturday night after local blues-rock band Spero.... Diane Coffee is not a woman but a band, or a man with a band. Shaun Fleming’s got some ’60s-style doo-wop chops that recall the Phil Spector sound. Critics liken him to Bowie and Jagger and the Reader’s Dave Good agrees, calling Fleming “a true Motown-glam showstopper.” Check out Dave’s breakdown in this week’s Of Note before Diane Coffee takes the stage at the Hideout Saturday night.... Else on Saturday: Bar Pink stages high-energy, high-drama Long Beach rock trio Bella Novela, “whose fervent hope is to outnova the Mexican daytime soaps”...up-and-coming indie folkies Julien Baker (Memphis) and Phoebe Bridgers (L.A.) split a bill at the Irenic...while stoner-rock quartet Desert Suns sets on Tower Bar after Zed and Nebula Drag for a night of cavity-rattling rock.
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