One of doom metal’s many shades of black is called Yob. The Oregon trio behind mainstay Mike Scheidt has consistently explored the artifice of the genre, melding heavy metal ore with sonic psychedelia and prompting a NY Times writer to rant, “one of the best bands in America.” Over its 12-year career, this honest heir to Sabbath has shed the hooded-robe trappings of doom/death and dragged those down-tunings through rockier terrain. This month, Yob will release its sixth proper, a five-song, 55-minute slab of wax called Atma that’ll be spilling out my speakers Halloween night to keep all you creepy treaters at bay. Catch them at Casbah tonight with Profound Lore labelmates, the doom-metal duo Dark Castle.... How trippy is this: two three-letter bands that start with the letter Y are in town tonight, as Yes washes up at Humphrey’s by the Bay. The prog perennials have a lofty new record called Fly from Here, and because at this stage you really can’t tell the players without a bill, it’ll be Howe, Squire, White, Downes, and Canadian singer Benoit David as Jon Anderson. Anderson dropped out because of poor health, and David caught the band’s attention fronting Yes tribute Close to the Edge.... Best of the rest starts at Belly Up, where hot-shit locals Transfer can stretch out their psych-pop-for-stadiums sound with alt-country quintet Dead Feather Moon...Modern art makes me want to rock out! Perhaps that Art Brut modern classic will be on alt-rockers Republic of Letters’ set list when they play MOCA downtown...Mexitronica act Moenia and Latin-pop ’Zonies Crisantes plug in at House of Blues...while young lion jazz pianist Chase Morrin and his quartet jam at Dizzy’s on their way to the Monterey Jazz Festival. Dude’s 17.
NYC Billboard band the Bravery is back from London (they’re huge in the U.K.)(they love nu-wave there) to finish up their next collection and play this Friday’s freebie at the track. If you need a preview before you commit to this, there’s a digi disc online called Live at the Wiltern that has video and everything....
After that, if you make it back, Procession/Pilot Pall Jenkins’s “Latino/low-rider/Chicano-stoner” project Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects will land at Soda Bar with Rafter’s dance-pop-for-ginger-balls...border punx Barrio Tiger turn up at Eleven with Dead Engines and Toothless George...punk and hip-hop punch it out at a Tower Bar bout between Johnny Thunders trib Chinese Rocks and trip-hop tag team Stunt Double & Tenshun...Shakedown’s got a fun-filled Friday of skate demos, Experiments, and a CD-release for Strangely Strange...Ruby Room rolls in some hevay-frickin-metal with Infinitum Obscure, Fatalist, Ritual Torture, and more...and Poway pop-punks Unwritten Law bring their new thing, Swan, to House of Blues.
L.A. alt-pop act Weezer’s at the track this Saturday for one of Del Mar’s big summer gigs. I got Devo marked on my rustic-bridges calendar on the 19th at Del Mar and Fitz and the Tantrums playing after the races on September 2. No Weezer on the 6th, though....
On the 6th, I got “Blood, Sweat, and Tears at Anthology”...“Summer Darling at Tin Can with Silian Rail, Privet, and Housewives”...and “Short Eyes at Tower Bar with Todd Day Wait and the Golden Hill Blues Band.” All the decent seats for BST are gone and Summer Darling’s press sez something about a “decade-long struggle with alcoholism and the place of faith in modern society,” so, yeah... I’ve been meaning to see up-and-coming garage-pop trio Short Eyes for weeks, so that’s where you’ll find me, prolly jotting in my rustic-bridges journal. (Scored big-time at the Borders liquidation.)
You know who else I’ve been meaning to see for some time, that hip-hopping Hebrew, beat-boxing beardo Matisyahu. He’ll be out at Humphrey’s by the Bay behind his latest, Live at Stubb’s Vol. 2. I see he’s got more than a few live records, which sorta suggests what my buddy said: “Matisyahu’s the David Lee Roth of hip-hop.” Dave’s quite the showman. I can’t wait.... Indie chanteuse Maren Parusel’s home, and she brought blue-collar folk-rockers Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social back from New York. They’re touring in support of last year’s missed hit Love It to Life, which kicks like post-Mats Westerberg. Dig it: myspace.com/jessemalin.... Madcap’s Alfredo Gonzalez has a new act in L.A.-based bubblegum punks Plexikill. They’ll take down the Shakedown Sunday with Vegas country punks Against the Grain and bad-ass bassist Johnny Castle.... Else: Cali-via-Korea indie-pop five-piece Norse Horse trots into the Tin Can...Techno-metal krew KMFDM have a new disc out, WTF?!, their 17th?! Almost 30 years on, the German imports play Belly Up with Army of the Universe...and from Nashville, rootsy new-grass group Humming House checks in at Til-Two with our own folk-pop kitty cat Gayle Skidmore.
Here Come the Waterworks. Casbah’s gonna do Big Business this Anti-Monday, as the Seattle-based stoner-metal band grows from a pummeling two-piece to a “power quartet” for this year’s Quadruple Single and tour with Miami’s Meanderthal Torche and Joe freaking Preston’s Thrones. Preston’s been in a few bands you might’ve heard of — Earth, Melvins, High on Fire, Harvey Milk, SunnO))). No? Stay home.
Welsh indie act the Joy Formidable sold out 91X’s Next Big Thing thing at Belly Up. I know, I never heard of them, either. I’m seeing the word “anthemic” in much of their press. Kind of a deal breaker w/ me....
Avi Buffalo roams into Casbah Tuesday night. They’re not anthemic. They’re anemic. Like, twee dorm pop. Fun and talented and the future looks bright for this Long Beach–based blah blah...listen for yourself: myspace.com/avibuffalo. Thrasher mag photog Nik Freitas (Broken Bells, Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band) up first.... Soda Bar sets up dub-house DJ Whiskey Pete with Zuzuka Poderosa, who apparently “drops Brazilian-bred, Brooklyn-based swagger like no other.” Don’t know about that, but, mm-mm, she foine.... Big ticket at the Cricket this week is the Warped Tour. I’ve been up and down that “list of artists” and can’t find anything nice to say, so I’ll tell you what I’m telling my two little skate rats: don’t eat too much junk, stay hydrated, and if you get into trouble, call your mother.
“The future of classic rock,” the Arrivals, arrive at Soda Bar. “In an alphabetized list of bands, we’d be near the top,” says singer-slinger Isaac of his punk-rock outfit.
For nearly 20 years, the Arrivals have been shredding Chicago’s South Side with their “Mission of Burma trying to write Kinks songs wearing Jam T-shirts over their Pixies tattoos” recipe. Tasty: myspace.com/thearrivalsrock. Tiltwheel wobbles in first.... Country skrunks the Dex Romweber Duo and Screamin Yeehaws ride into Til-Two. Heather Hardcore spins round sets.... And don’t forget to get to that Alberta Cross residency down at Casbah one of these Wednesdays. This week, Low Volts opens the show. I’m audi.
— Barnaby Monk