Casbah’s throwing a punk’d one-two punch this week, as the Middletown mainstay stages Seattle sludge rockers the Melvins on Thursday night and UK grindcore speed demons Napalm Death on Friday. These appear to be warm-up sets for the two bands, because as of Saturday night in Phoenix they will be touring on the same bill(!), circling the U.S. and Canada, and finishing up with two nights at the Troubadour in L.A. on May 7 and 8. Buzzo says of his tourmates, “Napalm Death sounds like a gorilla on LSD firing a machine gun, and I mean that in a good way.” Japanese weird-merchants Melt Banana will be opening every show of the “Savage Imperial Death March Tour,” but only available here on Friday opening for Napalm Death. Side Eagle opens for the Melvins on Thursday night. For a glimpse of what’s in store on Thursday, check out the Melvins’ Across the USA in 51 Days: The Movie!, which documented their record-breaking attempt at the fastest tour of all 50 states + DC.... Best of the rest Thursday night: With a little emo, a little screamo, and 20-plus years on the road, New York’s Glassjaw gives post-hardcore music serious cred. The Reader’s rock writer Dave Good says so. Glassjaw takes the stage at Observatory North Park after Silver Snakes...North Carolina’s stoner-metal trio Weedeater mows down Brick by Brick after our own industrial noisemaker Author & Punisher....Loom, Glitter Wizard, and Desert Suns fill a psych-rock bill at Til-Two...while “dirty blues” duo Little Hurricane blows through Little Italy supper club the Music Box after Grizzly Business.
Just to recap my Thursday thinger, Napalm Death will headline sets at Casbah Friday night after noise-rockers Melt Banana, Victims, and Netherlands.... Across the park, Brooklyn’s ’80s-style synth-pop band Teen pulls into the Whistle Stop behind their fifth Carpark disc in five years, Love Yes. Teen’s frontline is the sisters Lieberson — Kristina, Katherine, and Lizzie — daughters of noted composer Peter Lieberson, whose influence is evident, as Pitchfork remarks: “Their lyricism and composition is agile, their communication is as taut and strong as 6-gauge copper wire, and their musicianship is unquestionable.” Hills Like Elephants will set it up.... Else on Friday: punkabilly trio Hard Fall Hearts is celebrating eight years together by recording a live album at the Merrow in Hillcrest...northa town, the trio Rolling Stone calls NYC’s coolest young band, the classic-rock-inspired Sunflower Bean will play Ché Café with Weaves and Buddha Trixie...while northa there, Belly Up books nu-grass folkies Elephant Revival and Mandolin Orange.
Very nice locals-only bill in the heart of North Park at Bar Pink Saturday night, as psych-bent blues-rock trio Schizophonics headlines sets by the Touchies and Mittens, who will be premiering their new self-titled record. Jay Allen had a chat with Mittens for this week’s “Cat pop” Blurt.... Saturday also sets up White Fang’s jangle-pop side-project the Memories, who join our own Heavy Hawaii and the Tubs to fill a lo-fi bill at the Hideout...if you miss the door at that tasty triple bill, chamber-pop Seattle act Hey Marseilles is right up the street at Soda Bar with Hibou...Bloomington, Indiana indie-rockers Murder By Death will be at Casbah. The country-fried five-piece will bring Big Dark Love to the stage after folk-punk Tim Barry (of Avail)...while the Colorado-based “progressive bluegrass” group Yonder Mountain String Band brangs their new thang, Black Sheep, to the Belly Up stage in Solana Beach.
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