By the time you read this, Crawler follower, I will be in a meat-sammy stupor and have a beard full of barbecue sauce as I watch the stars pop over Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Later in the evening punk’d doo-wop duo Arish “King” Khan and Mark “BBQ” Sultan, aka the King Khan & BBQ Show, will take the stage at the high-desert hideaway behind their latest In the Red record, Bad News Boys. Another band I’ve been dying to get hip to is Get Hip Records’ show-openers Paint Fumes, a self-described “panic attack punk” trio out of Charlotte, NC, touring in support of their sophomore set If It Ain’t Paint Fumes It Ain’t Worth a Huff. This same lineup hits the Casbah stage Friday night and, yeah, I’ll probably go to that one, too.... Around town Thursday night, you’ve got L.A. art-punk brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, aka the Garden, touring in support of their last Burger Records release, haha, and playing Ché Café with So Pitted and Heyrocco. If you like it weird, don’t sleep on this triple bill...O.C. hardcore hits Death by Stereo set up at Soda Bar after Aussie rockers Poison Headache and our own Authentic Sellout...while Gram Rabbit, SeaBase, and Rafter fill a funyun at Casbah. Get the low-down on three-bass band SeaBase in last week’s “All about that bass” Blurt.
The aboveforementioned King Khan & BBQ/Paint Fumes gig at Casbah has local Nuggets diggers the Kabbs opening the show with their ’60s-style beach punk. Those’d be the sets to see.... Else on Friday: wearing rabbit ears and not much else, that garage-punk ’Zonie Nobunny joins our own Soft Lions and Fresh Brunettes on the Hideout stage in Normal Heights...Beasto Blanco, featuring Alice Cooper alum Chuck Garric, headlines sets at Brick by Brick after Angel Shade, Big Tooth Comb, and Night Shadow...while Pansy Division brings its pop-punk latest, Quite Contrary, to Soda Bar after Stalins of Sound and Gunner Gunner. The Reader’s Andrew Hamlin had a chat with Pansy Division bassist Chris Freeman in this week’s “Soundtrack of my life” Blurt, so flip or click there for more on them.
North Park’s Fall Brewing Company will celebrate two years of drawing their fine craft suds at Casbah with dance jams by them haunted organ-grinders Creepy Creeps, as well as the Widows, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, and a Schizophonics MC5 Revue.... Indie-folkie Seattle act the Cave Singers (ex–Pretty Girls Make Graves) will be in town in support of this year’s Jagjaguwar offering, Banshee, which according to Allmusic is “an impressive piece of work that speaks to the mind and the soul with similar clarity.” They play Soda Bar with ex–Rose Windows guitarist Chris Cheveyo.... Best of the rest Saturday night finds the Vans pop-punk band Wonder Years on the all-ages main stage at Soma after Real Friends and Knuckle Puck...English heavy-metal band Diamond Head will be hard-rocking Brick by Brick behind this year’s self-titled record after Symbolic, Bastard Saints, and the Dolan Brotherhood...while NYC dirty-funk four-piece TAUK takes the stage at the Loft at UCSD after likeminded locals Bomb Squad.
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