The folk-rocking British band Mumford & Sons has made the most of its knack to update the past by lending their Brit-pop genes to American roots music for something we like to call “fiddle-faddle.” Through three albums in their ten-year career the Mumfords have earned several Grammy nominations and a win for best record for 2012’s Babel (“I Will Wait”). The harmonizing folk blokes are touring in support of this year’s Wilder Mind (“Believe”) and will chug into the Sleep Train in Chula Vista after British alt-rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen on Thursday.... Also on Thursday: Dizzy Miss Vizzy’s Gone Baby Gone will bring the salty sock-hop rock of this year’s Love Stories to Casbah after sets by Los Shadows and the Oxen...while Canada band Tops splits a bill with Weyes Blood and Garden Echo at Soda Bar. According to the Soda site, Tops plays “a raw punk take on AM studio pop.” Stop rolling your eyes.
You can call Desert Trip “Oldchella,” but the veteran artists on this bill — the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and Roger Waters — won’t hear you. They’re too old. Kidding. They’ll be too busy rocking the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio Friday through Sunday to care. And they’ll be doing it again next weekend (October 14–16) as well. For the full (easy-to-read big-print) schedule, visit deserttrip.com.... Jazz has a new tenor and his name is Kamasi Washington. The who’s-who list of pop artists that the 35-year-old has sessioned for would choke a TMZ reporter, but it’s Mr. Washington’s solo work, notably last year’s tour de force The Epic, with its critically acclaimed be-bop for the 21st Century and genre-blurring styles, that gives modern jazz a hearty, soulful pulse. The saxman blows into Humphreys by the Bay Friday night.... And alsos: have you heard the rocking Big Bad Buffalo by Big Bad Buffalo? If not, go on out and get some when the local punk’d rock trio joins Long Beach indie hit Avi Buffalo and Buddy Banter at Soda Bar...Superchunky San Diegans BfSb will join Mrs. Henry, Cardinal Moon, and Pall Jenkins to fill an eclectic rock-roll bill at Casbah...while British heavy-metal band Grim Reaper brings its Walking in the Shadows tour to Brick by Brick with Alchemy and Sentinel.
So by now you know that English new-wave group Tears for Fears has sold out their Sunday Humphreys date, but did you diehards know that they’re playing Saturday up at Pechanga in Temecula? Me and mine will be there raking one-armed bandits and ruling the world!.... Around town Saturday night: From Silver Lake–via–San Diego, Mystic Braves play a homecoming date at Casbah after Dream Ride and Los Sweepers. The Braves are in the midst of a world tour in support of Days of Yesteryear, which is as advertised: retro West Coast psych à la Jefferson Airplane and the Doors.... From L.A., Hardly Artists La Sera are Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls and hubby Todd, and their newish Ryan Adams–produced record Music for Listening to Music to finds the couple adding a little country to their alternative rock and roll. Not sure I understand the title of the album, because the innards sound like music you could listen to by itself, so maybe bring that up when they play the Hideout Saturday after the “technicolor dream-pop” sounds of Springtime Carnivore...another rock-roll couple, Fred & Toody Cole of Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows, will be right up the street at Soda Bar with the Widows...while San Fran electronica band Giraffage ducks into the Observatory...and Midwest “drill” rapper Chief Keef rolls up on House of Blues behind his latest, Bang 3, Part 2. Don’t ask.
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