In celebration of the late, great David Bowie’s birthday (he would have been 70), Casbah stages Ariel Levine, who will perform Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, in its entirety, and Bowiephonics, the Schizophonics’ take on the Thin White Duke. Spinning ’round sets will be DJs Claire, Mr. Mazee, and Little Robert. For more on the evening, flip or click to Dave Good’s weekly Of Note column, where Dave chats up the multi-faceted/multi-faced Ariel Levine — apparently he’s in two AC/DC tribute groups, too, playing the part of each Young brother.... Also on Sunday, Hannah Yeun (Portlandian songwriter and musician Hannah Yeun McCarthy), supported by her bandmates James Collette (bass), Karen Moore (vox/synth), and Travis Lent (drums), will play her brand of “witchy, somber tunes with a ’60s vibe” at Soda Bar. Local darkwave trio Nylon Apartments and post-rock quartet TV Icon will open the show.
San Diego is closed Monday night.
We’re All Gonna Die — that’s the title of the top-selling album by L.A. indie-folkies Dawes, who sold out Belly Up Tuesday night.... Don’t die, go experience Brown Sabbath. Following up 2014’s original foray into Sabbath’s acid rock, “Austin-based nine-piece Latin funk and breakbeat purveyors Brownout announced the release of Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, Vol. II.” That was last October, and Pitchfork wrote “the rearrangements are so exhilarating that, even without amplifier overdose, they make you remember why you got into metal in the first place.” What does Ozzy have to say about the Latin-flavored take? “It’s fucking awesome, this fucking Mexican guy sounds just like me!” Get down with Brown Tuesday night at Casbah.... L.A.’s hard-rocking goths Stitched Up Heart, touring in support of their debut, Never Alone, headlines sets by SanFran band Letters From the Fire and local metal heads Sight Unscene at Brick by Brick.
Big band Country Lips kiss Soda Bar Wednesday night. The eight-piece Seattle act is touring in support of last year’s Till the Daylight Comes, which features the catchy, twangy “‘Grizzly Bear Calendar,’ the kind of song that, without sadness or regret, remembers summer for the beauty that only comes from things that must come to an end.” And you can two-step to it. I just did :-).... Not your cup of corn whiskey? Dorothy’s at Casbah. Dorothy’s a dirty blues-rock quartet from L.A. fronted by the bewitched and bewitching Dorothy Martin. The band’s out to tout their debut, Rockisdead, out now on Jay-Z’s not-a-rock-and-roll-label Roc Nation. Though the album pushes production over their raw-rock badassery, this band was built for the stage, from which many converts insist Dorothy has saved their rock-roll soul.