Kikagaku Moyo at Soda Bar on March 5
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Melvins and Dale Crover Band

  • Thursday, January 10, 2019, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $25

The Melvins

Everyone talks about how influential the Melvins were to the music made by subsequent generations of sludge and alternative bands, but less discussed is their influence on fashion and the way musicians are perceived by the public. Before the ‘90s, rockers tended to dress and act in ways intended to make them stand apart from everyone else, to elevate themselves, by appearance if not by achievement, as rock stars. Bands like the Melvins, Nirvana, and their fellow flannel-bearing northerners made rock and roll look more like the neighbor’s laundry room than an arena, in a way that even punk, with its almost fascistic dedication to a fashion template more cartoonish than anarchistic, never managed to pull off. Still headed up by Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover, the Melvins will be plugging their newest straight-outta-the-laundry-room album, Pinkus Abortion Technician, when they kick off a short west coast tour (less than a dozen dates) at the Casbah over two nights on January 9 and 10. The show will be opened by the Dale Crover Band, who’ll be swinging through the Casbah on December 5 to share a bill with Redd Kross, with whom Crover is also sitting in on drums (meaning Crover will be performing six times with three bands on one stage over five weeks).

Corrosion of Conformity and Crowbar

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8 p.m.
  • Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue, San Diego
  • 21+ / $28 - $32

Corrosion of Conformity

It doesn’t seem like hard rockers Corrosion of Conformity have been around for over 35 years, but when you look at their prodigious list of former band members, you realize there have been a lot of different groups churning out chops under that moniker. Guitarist Woody Weatherman is the only founding member who’ll be onstage at Brick By Brick on January 26, but longtime singer-guitarist Pepper Keenan (in the lineup off and on since 1989 and considered a pivotal, if not founding, player) will be part of the ensemble touring in support of their tenth studio album, No Cross No Crown, released earlier this year. Their first full-length with Keenan since 2010 (he’s been busy with Down) has seen them earn their highest chart positions in years, including number 67 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Decibel just declared it one of the Top 40 Albums of 2018, and Midnight Hour placed them atop its own year-end list of Bands Whose Reunions Were Actually Worth Waiting For. The multigenerational bill includes Crowbar (celebrating their 30th year), Weedeater (a band with just over a decade of history), and Texas hard rockers Mothership, who released their debut album in 2013.

Zomboy and Space Laces

  • Friday, March 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
  • 18+ / $37.50 - $65

Zomboy

British DJ-producer Joshua Mellody, aka Zomboy, first crossed most people’s radar screen in 2011, when his Game Time EP spawned unavoidable earworms like “Organ Donor,” which launched him into the upper reaches of dubstep charts all over the world. His bouncy bass tracks explode with beats like a parade of exploding piñatas, making them perfect for excerpting in short bytes for numerous commercials and film and TV soundtracks. A 2017 EP, Rott N’ Roll Part 1, stalled somewhat, perhaps due to sounding a little too much like Skrillex, who has also been running threadbare on new ideas. However, Zomboy’s newest, Lone Wolf, finds him embracing the hard-edged funk that made his first releases so fun and unexpected, eschewing the relentless robotic percussion in favor of wandering synth and full-band instrumentation that should flesh out the sound for his March 1 appearance at House of Blues. The 30-date North American tour will provide his first opportunity to play the downtown club since 2013, and the 18-and-up bill includes Space Laces, Badklaat, and Luzcid.

Kikagaku Moyo

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $15

Kikagaku Moyo

San Diego has always had a soft spot for Japanese psychedelic rock, with spacefaring Asian bands like Acid Mothers Temple drawing some of their biggest U.S. crowds at local venues. Yod knows we have plenty of area acts whose platters could easily be passed off as genuine Japanese psych (Earthless, High Mountain Tempel, Harsh Toke, and a growing paisley subculture in Vista). With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Kikagaku Moyo has worked their way up the local psychedelicene from Til-Two in 2016 to Space the following year, and now they’ll be headlining the Soda Bar on March 5. The group, which began as a street busking duo on the streets of Tokyo before evolving into its current five-piece incarnation, recently released their fourth full-length, Masana Temples, a collaboration with jazz performer and producer Bruno Pernadas. Unlike the electronically whispery approach of earlier albums, this time their freak-folk sound is brought sharply into the foreground, reminiscent at times of alt-pagan oldies like Comus or Gong dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

It’s a bit like angry forest elves wailing away on ancient wooden instruments plugged into giant Marshall stacks, furiously churning out one more number before either falling down an LSD rabbit hole or setting their instruments afire and burning down the forest. Whereas Kikagaku Moyo’s earlier work could be ponderous and somewhat soporific, the new album seems ideally suited for the kind of live electric exploration and improvisation promised for this tour.

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