Punk'd rock Canada band White Lung would be the gig to see this weekend. They play Casbah Saturday night.
Local garage-punk four-piece Big Bloom celebrates a record-release at Casbah on Thursday.
The next wave of up-and-coming San Diego bands will be well-represented at Casbah as salty garage-punk quartet Big Bloom headlines sets by Splavender (“indie surf”) and Bad Vibes (“psychedelic swamp rock”), to fill a Thursday bill at the Middletown mainstay. This is a record-release event for Big Bloom’s anticipated debut Heavy Angel. Get to the interwebs for a taste of the pure-pogo riffage and she-devil yowl of lead single “Punk Song.” According to Big Bloom singer Katie Howard in last week’s Blurt, “Anyone who kisses [drummer] Sean Daly on the lips gets a free CD.” I’m coming for you, Sean, so pucker up.... Else: “Putting the boot back in American Oi!” Chapel Hill’s five soldiers of “working-class street punk” Patriot will march into Soda Bar after the Antagonizers and Aggroculture U.S...local blues-based boogie-rock band Brian Jones Rock ’N’ Roll Revival unleashes A Real Good Time on O.B. bar Winstons...while Iration and Mike Pinto play acoustic sets at House of Blues for an easy-listening evening of “sunshine reggae” riddims.
Rockabilly Hall of Famers Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys take the Casbah stage on Friday!
Get your recommended daily allowance of Western swing from Rockabilly Hall-of-Famers Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys. These days, nearly 30 years into the gig, you get a much broader sound from the SoCal sextet that encompasses folk, bluegrass, Cajun, and country boogie, or what all the hepcats call Ameripolitan. Sandy and the Fly-Rites land at Casbah Friday night with another rootsy ampersand band, Deke Dickerson & the Ecco-Fonics.... For those of you not paying attention, Major League Baseball is coming to town in the form of the 2016 All-Star Game. And along with the All-stars at Petco comes a few rock stars and the “MLB All*star Concert Series” at the Embarcadero this weekend. Friday night offers anthemic alt-pop veterans OneRepublic rocking harborside. Saturday afternoon, for the “Fan Fest,” you get singer/songer/Best New Artist Grammy nominee Tori Kelly. And on Saturday night, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, who has a new record in the bins called This Is What the Truth Feels Like, will take the harborside stage.... Best of the rest Friday night finds soul-rock sisters Margaret Glaspy and Birdy Bardot splitting a bill at Soda Bar. If you get a minute, or 30 and a bit, go give Glaspy’s Emotions and Math a listen. A very recommendable set that’ll make you think Elliott Smith in pigtails...from South Central L.A., Mexican-American rapper King Lil’ G brings his Lost in Smoke tour to Observatory North Park...while nu-country trio Rascal Flatts rolls in to Sleep Train Amphitheatre.
Soda Bar stages Aussie indie rockers Royal Headache on Saturday!
For this year’s Paradise record, Mish Barber-Way of ragged indie-rock Canada band White Lung took singing lessons, and the onetime underground punks from Vancouver’s seedier side decidedly embraced “accessible.” Barber-Way was quoted by Pitchfork as saying that she wanted to break through “this really stupid attitude that only punks have...where it’s somehow uncool to become a better songwriter.” White Lung is Domino capital now, and they take their best record yet — outstanding, really — to Casbah Saturday night. With L.A.’s always-excellent post-punk four-piece Plague Vendor opening the show, this’d be the gig to see this weekend.... From Sydney, Australia, comes Royal Headache, a punk’d rock quartet stopping at the Soda Bar on their way to a slot in the coveted Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinoise. The boys are stateside on the strength of their sophomore set, High, which contains one of the catchier cuts we’ve heard this year, “Carolina.” Reader writer Dryw Keltz has a chat with the band’s bassist, Joe, in this week’s Blurt about the rigors of life in modern rock in Sydney, which should sound awfully familiar to San Diego bands. Local favorites Teenage Burrito and Mexico City Rollers are also on the bill.... As mentioned above/before, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani entertains the All-stars at the Embarcadero Saturday night...while Shawn Rohlf and friends play a local folkie showcase at Whistle Stop...’90s radio staples Toad the Wet Sprocket (“Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want”) hop onto the Observatory stage...and electro-pop Brooklyn band Body Language hits the Hideout.
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