If you believe everything the web tells you — and, let’s face it, life is easier that way — L.A.’s grungy pop-rock duo Alex Molini (bass/synth) and Jenny Tuite (guitar/voice) met when he vomited on her shoes. The story’s a metaphor for Dirty Dishes’ sound, actually, which is like someone hurled on shoegaze. The tastemakers at Enertainment Weekly described the Dishes’ debut, Guilty, as “reviving the ’90s alt-rock sound by blasting bubblegum hooks headfirst into a mountain of speaker-shredding fuzz,” which is dead nuts — the singles are like Veruca Salt covering Nevermind. But they detune and get moony, too, and that’s where the beauty is. Soda Bar stacks up Dirty Dishes with Versus the World, Brian Wahlstrom, and Strike Twelve on Thursday night.... Indie-folkie Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee brings the full-band experience of last year’s critical hit Ivy Tripp to the all-ages stage at the Irenic. Ms. Crutchfield had a chat with the Reader’s Dryw Keltz about the propulsive Tripp and its pending solo follow-up in this week’s “Getting personal” Blurt.... New Orleans jazz-funk jam band Galactic lands at Solana Beach bar Belly Up behind last year’s Into the Deep disc, on which the instrumental act ups the R&B ante with guest spots by Mavis Staples and Macy Gray.
SoCal skate punks Agent Orange take the stage at Casbah after local throwbacks Sculpins and hometown punk honeys Cochinas Locas. Though he rocks a surfy guitar, Mike Palm’s been shredding with a hardcore trio under the Agent Orange banner since 1979, influencing some of your faves, including the Adolescents, Social D, and the Offspring. For fans of the brand, this’d be the gig to get to Friday night.... The Observatory North Park stages Summer Is Forever II, featuring Best Coast + Wavves + Cherry Glazerr, which = three of Southern California’s most “Southern California” surf-pop acts going. Best Coast last year dropped California Nights, a polished pop-rock peek at L.A.’s seedier side, while Wavves and Glazerr punk their sides with raw riffs, vox, and power-chords.... Best of the rest on Friday finds XIXA (ex-Calexico/-Giant Sand) playing their “desert rock with a Latin edge” at Soda Bar after our own Cumbia Machin and Goma...all-female alt-rock Canada band Hunter Valentine’s “So Long for Now” tour hits the Hideout with tourmates Vowws...northa town, SanFran folk-rock band Mother Hips checks in at Belly Up after the Donkeys...while northa there, prog-metal perennials King’s X grace the Ramona Mainstage.
For all you artificially inspired techno bots, CRSSD Fest hits Waterfront Park downown on Saturday and Sunday, featuring virtual music producers Odesza and Chet Faker, ’mong others. I clicked on the Talent tab at crssdfest.com and saw a slew of very specific haircuts. #enjoyourselves #dontdriveonecstasy.... Experimental singer/songwriter Jana Hunter’s newish group Lower Dens will play actual instruments at Casbah in support of their new, actual album, Escape From Evil.... Else: the sexually fluid Eliot Sumner (aka Coco, aka Sting’s daughter) sets up at Soda Bar behind this year’s Island Records record Information...San Francisco’s Fat Wreck punk femmes Bad Cop/Bad Cop will rock Til-Two after The OC’s masked garage-punk act the Maxies....and there’s a buncha tribute groups in town as Motorbreath headlines sets at Brick by Brick after Sonic Temple, Stoned Temple Pilots, and American Zombie...while Masters of Puppets ape Metallica up at Ramona Mainstage.
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