“Business Interruptus,” the lead single from Rob Crow’s new album, You’re Doomed. Be Nice, could be a metaphor for the indie artist’s recent life. With bill collectors at the door, a family to feed, and his popular Pinback on indefinite hiatus, Crow called it quits on his “dumb music thing” for the straight life. Until this — a full band and album that not only meets his particular math-melodic bent, but on some songs exceeds his pop-rock best (see the aboveforementioned “Business Interruptus”). Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place wraps up a month-long Left Coast tour at Casbah on Sunday night. Catch up with Rob in this week’s “Mr. Crow needs a nap” Blurt. John Schmersal’s (Brainiac/Enon) power-pop trio Vertical Scratchers opens the show.... And justsoyaknow, the They Might Be Giants show, their last in San Diego “for a while,” sold out the Belly Up but not Craigslist.
From Denver, post-core five-piece My Body Sings Electric plugs in at Casbah after Good Graeff and MRKTS on Monday. My Body Sings Electric is touring in support of their surprise new record, their first in five years, Franklin Tapes...while uptown, Tori Roze spills her Hot Mess all over Bar Pink’s Soultry Monday stage...and the Office hosts an Undercover tribute night, when local players tackle Depeche Mode’s best.
Everyone’s favorite Seattle band Night Beats (well, they ought to be) plays Soda Bar behind this year’s superdelic psych-pop platter, Who Sold My Generation. With like-minded locals San Pedro El Cortez and Dream Joints opening the show, this’d be the gig to see this week, for fans of the brand.... After being knocked from his throne by bad press and a Comedy Central roast, pop’s naughty prince, Justin Bieber, made a comeback with last year’s Purpose album, a collection of songs that not only walked more mature, but talked more mature (“Mark My Words,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself”). Are you a Belieber? The Biebs takes the big stage at Valley View Casinorena on Tuesday night...while the princess of electronic pop, Santigold, and her We Buy Gold tour hit the House of Blues downtown...and St. Louie emo act Foxing takes the all-ages stage at the Irenic after O’Brother, Tancred, and Adjy.
Direct from South by Southwest, sibling garage-pop band Bleached plays Casbah behind their new record, Welcome the Worms. The Dead Oceans disc, which reportedly adds some bottom ballast and dark guitar to the mix, is due to drop April 1. Catch up with the Clavin ladies in this week’s “Dark Bleached” Blurt. L.A. punk-rock Burger band No Parents opens the show.... Best of the rest on humpnight: Lost Springs’ lost soul Allan Rayman hits the Hideout with his storied storytelling style...whilst local twangers Robin Henkel, Grampadrew, Jesse LaMonaca, Tim Eaton, and many more, throw down a Grand Ole Office hoedown at the Office in North Park.