Anton Newcombe and this year’s Brian Jonestown Massacre (yes, lead tambourine Joel Gion is in the current lineup) are playing a sold-out show at Belly Up Thursday night. Real suckwhammy, that. I thought I had nothing more to do than to roll up on Cedros and stroll into the club to see one of my favorite psych-rock throwback acts. Things sure have changed around here...anyway, we’ve got a band called Toyguitar at Soda Bar that sounds fun. “It’s never not fun playing with these ding dongs,” says Toyguitar bassist Paul Oxborrow. “They rip so hard, so effortlessly, and have so much fun that they make their instruments look like toys.” The Bay Area band, built around a coupla ex–Swingin’ Utters, is touring in support of its Fat Wreck debut, In This Mess, which is a treasure trove of vintage summer fun. They play after Plane Without a Pilot and Squarecrow.... Utterwise: experimental Brooklyn band Yeasayer goes all Amen & Goodbye at the Observatory...while Bad Kids, Beach Goons, Wolvves (where have these boys been?), and High Curbs fill a surf-punk bill at Ché Café.
You heard the new Broncho record? After the immediate garage-pop appeal of Lips and Hip Enough, which the Norman, Oklahoma–based band packed with more hooks than a tackle box, the atmospherics of this year’s Double Vanity surprised and, after a couple of spins, delighted. (Yes, real men use that word.) This Broncho sounds relaxed and, despite the murky malaise, like they’re having more fun with sound than ever. Ryan Lindsey’s still singing like Ocasek-on-helium, but he’s down in the mix so deep you can barely decipher what he’s on about. Check out lead single “Fantasy Boys,” and we’ll see you at the Casbah Friday night. Billy Changer and Winter hit first.... Else on Friday: Long Beach “indie-metal” trio Bella Novela’s at Soda Bar with locals Kalashnikov My Wife and Le Chateau...right down the road, punk-poet Jello Biafra of the DKs will DJ a set at the Hideout’s “Incredibly Strange Dance Party,” also with DJs Anja and Mike Stax of the Loons and a live set from “garage-spook” San Diego band Shady Francos...proggy indie-surf five-piece Splavender’s at Ché Café with the Chili Banditos who are playing a record-releaser for their third LP, Slam Drunk...while farther up the 5, Solana Beach bar Belly Up’s staging Daptone’s “Afro-soul” nine-piece the Budos Band.
“I’m a too-much-information-generation cliché!” Brooklyn-based punk-rawk quartet So So Glos will Kamikaze Soda Bar’s stage on Saturday night. Recorded by San Diego’s own John “Swami” Reis, the Glos’ latest “has a slightly slicker, glammier edge than its predecessors...but the peppy backbeats, gang-shouted choruses, and fist-pumping enthusiasm remain” (Pitchfork). The Glos always turn it out, and with Brooklyn tourmates Honduras and our own Kabbs opening the show, this’d be the gig to see this weekend.... best of the rest finds San Diego’s original indie-rock trio Three Mile Pilot landing at Casbah after noise-pop duo the Dabbers...Dani Bell & the Tarantist will play a vinyl-release show as part of the Kakalack Collective Launch Party. (Kakalack’s a video production collective that produces a music show called Animal Sounds.) Jimmy Ruelas sets it up at Union in Barrio Logan. Pssst, hit the merch table first, as Dani Bell’s new Redwoods record is limited edition — just 100 pressings...and acid-funk act Greyboy Allstars will get together for a night of their branded West Coast Boogaloo, a soul/funk/R&B vibe with a Latin twist. Bandleader Karl Denson’s enjoyed some high-road touring with the Rolling Stones and will surely bring some of that world-class showmanship back to the Allstars’ favored Belly Up Tavern. Reader writer Dave Good breaks it down further in this week’s Of Note, so be sure to flip or click there for more on them.
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