Downtown: dood ranch El Dorado does a Dark Side showcase hosted by Wild Wild Wets and ex–Charger Girl/dancing bartendress Cameron Holloway (um, hubba) and featuring local lo-fi faves Tropical Popsicle, Buddy Banter, and the Church Hustlers.... Uptown: the Soul Fires will light up North Park hotspot Bar Pink with free-jazz cookers...while Whistle Stop’s Makeout Weirdos “keep the krunk in punk,” with the help of Maniqui Lazer (Mexicali), Lee Reynolds, Mark E. Quark, Dazzla (Moonshake), Machino, and resident deej Monsterpussy.... Crosstown: L.A.’s furious four-piece Welcome to Concrete (“W—>C” for texting) will take down the Shakedown with their barroom brand of “ass-kicking rock and roll.”
South Bay punk perennials the Zeros roll into Soda Bar Friday night. Between reissues and more-occasional bookings (which included a showcase at SXSW in 2010), in the past few years the Zeros’ stock has been on the rise. In a spinner.com interview, frontman Javier Escovedo said he thinks the reason is “that period, the Cali punk-rock scene from the late ’70s, is something that a lot of kids that weren’t around want to see.” That and the quality of the Zeros’ material and musicianship are rare these days. With Santa Ana ’60s-style garage-rock band the Neumans and our own electro-punk outfit Stalins of Sound, this is thee gig to get to, punky.... Else: Dizzy’s sets up SanFran jump-jazz band Fishtank Ensemble, which, for fans of the brand, L.A. Weekly calls “one of the most thrilling live acts on the planet”...Cleveland noise-pop quartet Cloud Nothings are at Casbah in advance of this year’s Body Music. Dream Buddies and Jeans Wilder open the show...the Ken Club conjures a couple apparition acts out at the end of Adams, as the Roadkill Ghost Choir from Florida and our own Ed Ghost Tucker appear...and Hollywood’s hard-rock hairballs Faster Pussycat are at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick.
Midway punk club the Shakedown will host a Johnny Thunders tribute Saturday night. The ever-influential New York Doll/Heartbreaker guitarist/singer/songwriter died on April 23 in 1991. He was 38 years old. Deadbolt, Chinese Rocks, the Embalmers, Schitzophonics, and Clockwork will pay loud tribute.... Brooklyn band Beach Fossils wash up at the Irenic with this year’s Clash the Truth, which trades in the indie act’s scrappy charm for cleaner, poppier tones. Mrs. Magician up first.... Soda Bar sets up shoegaze pioneers the Telescopes, the band hailed by NME as “the best shoegaze band ever.” Guess they never heard of My Boody Valentine. NorCal noiseniks LSD & the Search for God will open the show.... The Void’s 420 showcase features garage-pop groups Heavy Hawaii, the Plateaus, and like-minded Los Angelinos the Dreamboys...while doom-pop duo Gloomsday and the Pheasants (“new age punk and roll for the leather and feather set”) will play record-release sets at Tin Can Alehouse on Bankers Hill.
D.C. Dischord artist E.D. Sedgwick, aka Justin Moyer (El Guapo), is touring in support of last year’s We Wear White, a title that, perhaps, is meant to detract from his years performing as his transgender alter-ego Edie Sedgwick, the Andy Warhol hanger-on who OD’d on barbiturates. We Wear White also ditches the pop-culture party pop and silly celebrity send-ups for, as Moyer describes it, “a more aggressive, dirtier batch of songs.” They like that at Tower Bar, where the Sedgwicks, now a four-man (well, one man and three women) band will be joined by the always excellent Mexico City Rollers and Rail Them to Death. Sunday shmunday, see you in City Heights.
A couple of Chicago-born and -bred fiery redheads, the brother/sister act White Mystery, will play the Ché Café on Monday. According to their hometown daily Chicago Tribune, the sibling Whites, Alex (she on guitar) and “White Francis” (he on drums), “play the type of garage rock that makes garages crumble.” They are touring in support of the fresh-off-the-presses Telepathic. Go get some: whitemystery.bandcamp.com. This no-frills bill includes L.A. “zoocore” sextet Heller Keller and local faves the Frights, Barbarian, and Wild Wild Wets. Monday shmunday, see you on campus.
Specter at the Feast, the new (seventh) dealio from fuzz-rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is getting some love for BRMC’s return to their early mid-tempo/blown-cone tones. The record’s a reflective affair over a recent family/band member’s death that, though overlong here, was at one time a double album. Eesh. That said, a couple tracks (opener “Fire Walker,” especially) dig deeper than I’ve ever heard the Rebels dig. Little self-reflection sounds good on ’em. BRMC hits House of Blues with Fat Possum garage-rawk duo Bass Drum of Death.... Torn on Tuesday, as Soda Bar slips in Black Bananas. This Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux/RTX)-led trio will ride its very recommendable Drag City disc Rad Times Xpress IV into the Normal Heights hotspot after Vampire and Skrapez.... And also: Japanese noise-rock trio Boris plays Casbah after L.A.’s “heavy-rock bone-chillers” Marriages and Bruisecaster, a “disco sludge-metal” three-piece fronted by CityBeat’s Peter Holslin.
Seattle-based indie-folk four-piece Cave Singers are out to tout this year’s well-received Naomi, a collection inspired by a fictional muse. This one doesn’t stick to the wall as well as No Witch did/does, but it harks back a bit more to the players’ post-punk origins (Pretty Girls Make Graves, Murder City Devils, Cobra High). Cave Singers will take the stage at Casbah after Philly psych-rock trio Bleeding Rainbow.... Best of the rest: the Lumps, Sonic Angels (France), and Shiva Trash fill a garage-punk bill at Tin Can Alehouse...space-rockers Chappo touch down at Soda Bar after Okapi Sun...Arlington, VA’s reggae Soldiers of Jah Army, SOJA, visits House of Blues...and the Griffin’s got Kill the Mainstream II on tap, featuring electro-clash artists Therapist, Ese’ & Zain, and Pal&Drome. Bang.
— Barnaby Monk