Japandroids may not have an image yet, but they’ve one helluva garage-pop debut in Post-Nothing. The Vancouver duo have had a stutter-step start to ought nine, jumping to Polyvinyl from a Canadian indie for their first proper (good move) and then canceling their springtime support tour (bad ulcer). But the deuce is wild and rolling through town tonight where they’ll tickle your nose at Soda Bar. If you like your fuzz bands with crackle and pop and unabashed vox — No Age fans, I’m looking at you — get to this set. Drop the needle on any one of their Space takes for a taste. With our favorite L.A. spazz-pop trio Happy Hollows and locals Roxy Jones on the bill, this’d be your gig to get to, music geek.... The rest of you, Drug Wars’ll drop their Grizzly 7-inch “9846” after folk-punk foursome Slang Chickens peck out a set at Bar Pink...Brick by Brick stacks up Anticon trip-hoppers Themselves with L.A. beats freak Bus Driver...Canadian party (oxymoron alert) band Bedouin Soundclash rock-roll reggae beats at Belly Up...and Casbah’s got catchy Michiganders Mason Proper opening for warmed-over goth-pop Brooklynites Stellastarrrrrgh.
Missing Persons turn up at 4th&B. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio left Zappa’s touring band in 1980 to form what would become an MTV and new-wave radio staple, with hiccup hits such as “Mental Hopscotch,” “Destination Unknown,” and “Walking in L.A.” The current road show’s a Dale Bozzio vehicle and extension of her “Regeneration Tour.” Covering court costs? The new-wave diva was sentenced in May to 90 days for animal cruelty. Ouch.... San Diego surf punks Authentic Sellout will be shooting a video at Brick by Brick Friday night. Dress down and get in on it, with Bankers Hill, the BombPops!, and Ramones tribute Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!.... U.K. noise-pop trio Band of Skulls checks in at Casbah with local dynamos Transfer and Apes of Wrath.... Up at Del Mar track, postrace in the paddock’s got reggae royalty the Wailers.... While uptown, country skrunks the Deere Johns make a Whistle Stop stop...and Bar Pink bills “Surf Guitar 101,” with Secret Samurai, the Verbtones, and the Tomorrow Men.
It’s time for this year’s Hipsters Revisited thing at Bar Pink, so pull out your paisleys and patchouli and get set for garage-pop vets the Loons. Front man Mike Stax is back to shimmy and shout like a hippy-dippy Iggy Pop fronting Love. But make no mistake, it’s no stereotype, it’s historical, dig? Go to Stax-the-historian’s ugly-things.com for songs and stuff.... Roots reggae singer Freddie McGregor brings riddim and soul to the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. Over the Jamaican native’s 40-year career, he’s had hits in the dancehall, on R&B radio, and a Grammy nod for his soulful takes over reggae beats.... San Diego songsmith Greg Laswell headlines a Saturday slot at Casbah behind his latest grower, last year’s Three Flights from Alto Nido. Brooklyn indie-pop act Elizabeth & the Catapult and local acousticat Derren Raser open.... And Ken Club delivers the Postals with fellow pop-punks Says Rally and Cabrón!
Bar Pink books a Park the Van Records (Dr. Dog) showcase, featuring Golden Boots, Floating Action, and the Generationals. Zonie band Golden Boots is a dusty desert band that recalls early Giant Sand for its lo-fi aesthetic and junkyard traps. Add to that some engaging harmonies and electro glitch and you got the Boots’ recommendable “alt alt-country” debut The Winter of Our Discotheque.... U.K. indie-pop quintet Gomez rolls into House of Blues Sunday. The Mercury Prize winners (for 1998 debut Bring It On) are out to tout their new collection, their sixth ATO disc, A New Tide. It’s as Gomez goes, nothing offensive, nothing staggering. Portland big band Blind Pilot will set the downtown stage with similarly safe acousti-pop.... Add another trio to the heap of local blown-tone garage-rock stompers and call them VOLTS. They’ll hit the boards at Ruby Room Sunday night behind Italian band Ultra Twist and Pipsqueak from L.A. Supposedly. I mean, VOLTS’ll be there, but the other two bands say they’re playing Soda Bar with Nightmares and Braaiins! Call your club for clarificosity. What am I, your mother?
Judas Priest and Whitesnake, dude. SDSU’s Open Air Theatre. What more do you need to know.... Atlanta hip-hop-n-rock gang REHAB roll up on Casbah Tuesday night behind their explicit disc Graffiti the World. OPM and Soul Stash set the stage.
Belly Up books Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women Wednesday night. The barroom rocker’s best known for his days of duty in L.A. punk mainstays X and his and his brother Phil’s knock-down, drag-out rockabilly band the Blasters. Alvin’s a Grammy winner and notable poet, and he and the Guilty Women have a new self-titled collection out on Yep-Roc Records, garnering great reviews for its return to roots. Check it out at myspace.com/davealvin.... Else: country crooner Pat Green plays House of Blues behind his latest Billboard smash What I’m For...and Raleigh nu-folk act Bowerbirds land at Casbah with their new Dead Oceans disc, Upper Air. Their North Carolina neighbors and ex–Bon Ivers Megafaun will set the stage with the hummy-strummy harmonies off their debut Gather, Form and Fly. It’s all beards and beer bellies, I know, but they sound swell. — Barnaby Monk