Making up some dates they missed on last year’s Electric Messiah Tour, Chicago’s best electro-industrial export, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, will take the stage at Kasbah Thursday night. Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy are bringing the band from the Northeast to the Southwest over a handful of dates that will be their only shows in 2016 as they prep a new release for their 30th anniversary in 2017. DJ Vaughn Avakian’s at the decks for this one.... Else on Thursday: Southern garage-rockers Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires light up the Hideout with their branded “real Alabama rock ’n’ roll.” The Birmingham-based band “dereconstructs” Southern culture — its bullshit and its beauty — on 2014’s excellent Dereconstructed, a record the tastemakers at Paste said is “full of scuzzy red-line guitars and overdriven vocals, but even all that speaker-busting grit doesn’t hide the alluring melodies Bains threads among the mayhem.” More of the same on their latest, a little one called “Sweet Disorder” b/w “Stars.” Local country-fried rocker Down Big opens that show...right down the road, Soda Bar goes to Jaill. The re-formed Milwaukee indie-rock quartet is touring in support of their new Burger Records record, Brain Cream. Subtropics sets it up...while Seattle’s up-and-coming bedsit indie-pop Barsuk artist Hibou hits House of Blues after likeminded Los Angeleno trio SadGirl.
Not sure the Mission Hills Town Council knew what the frik they were doing when they booked Bowiephonics to kick off their summer concert series at Pioneer Park this Friday from 6 to 8p. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the idea of a Schizophonics/New Kinetics/Shake Before Us mashup, but covering Bowie’s Ziggy to Diamond Dogs years, they’re going to blow the pretty off that posh neighborhood park, which is snuggled between an elementary school and a cemetery, btw...after that the Schizos head to Casbah, where they’ll help set up a Muffs record “re-release” along with the Touchies and L.A. greats Claw Hammer. L.A. punk-rock trio the Muffs is re-releasing their 20-year-old pop-punk touchstone Blonder and Blonder.... Rafa Reyes and Dave Parley are the Mexican-born, San Diego–raised pair Prayers who brought the “cholo-goth” movement into pop culture. Despite being usurped by fashionistas and megafestivals, cholo-goth is street-tough in its electronic-rock abrasion and menacing look, while Reyes’s lyrics relate his gangland story. Wasn’t long ago the international hit Reyes was serving veggie burritos downtown at his family-owned eatery Pokéz. Prayers takes the pulpit at Observatory North Park on Friday after Tijuana Panthers.... Best of the rest: indie-rock Canada band Tokyo Police Club bust up Belly Up with this year’s Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness record after Scottish post-punk band We Were Promised Jetpacks...San Diego psychobilly band the Gore Horsemen will play their final show at Soda Bar after the Strikers and Hard Fall Hearts...and SDMA winners the Earful wind up the Music Box with their jazz-funk crunk after groove super-group Juice Box.
From Lansing in Michigan, Cheap Girls, “an authentic Midwestern rock band in the vein of the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Sugar, and early Smoking Popes,” will play Soda Bar Saturday night. The road-tested trio is touring in support of their latest power-pop collection, Famous Graves. Never seen ’em, but they sound tight, and with Russian Tremors and Santa Ana Knights this could be the gig to see Saturday night.... Otherwise: Victor Penalosa’s barroom rockers the Phantoms play a record-release for their self-titled Rum Bar debut at Til-Two with the Touchies and Action Andy in support...Santa Cruz groove-metal dudes DevilDriver roll into Brick by Brick after Holy Grail and Incite...indie-pop Oakland band Rogue Wave, touring in support of this year’s easy-listener Delusions of Grand Fur, washes up on the Belly Up stage after, appropriately enough, Floating Action...and there’s a couple of adult-contempo radio favorites from yesteryear in town Saturday night as soft-rock star James Taylor takes the stage at the Valley View Casinorena...while ’80s radio staple Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out” at Spreckels.
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