Would You Want Halibut? Spaghetti and Meatballs?

Nodzzz at Tin Can Ale House
  • Nodzzz at Tin Can Ale House

Thursday 3
SanFran garage-pop band the Nodzzz will stretch out at Tin Can Ale House. The trio’s ’08 debut received favorable reviews for its no-fi, less-is-more take on the trend of the day — doo-wop noise-pop cloaked in fuzz tones. Nodzzz’ ditties, like their name, do carry a string of Zs, but describe Brit-invasion bounce rather than that American sock-hop jive. With L.A. folkies the Finches and local up-and-comers the Plateaus (who are apparently trying to plant the Seeds in San Diego’s indie-rock consciousness), these’d be the sets to see tonight.... The best of the rest has Grammy-winning Blues Traveler John Popper and his Duskray Troubadours rolling into Anthology behind their s/t debut, which dropped Tuesday via 429 Records...it’ll be the return of the hard-bop heavies to Dizzy’s Culy space to celebrate the 70th birthday of tenor saxman Gary Lefebvre...punk purists the Tuggs (feat. Joey G. of Lady Dottie’s Diamonds and Mark Monteith of aMiniature) bring their thing to Bar Pink...while Circa Survive, Thrice, and Dynamite Walls fill an emo-y alt-rock bill at Soma.

Friday 4
Bay Area band Birds & Batteries are an odd pairing of soft rock and electronics. Odd like Bowie producing Paul Simon, which, the more I think about it, the more I want to hear. Can you imagine Bowie’s take on “Kodachrome”? Anyway, B&Bs are on their way to play South by Southwest behind last year’s recommendable Panorama and will plug in at Soda Bar with our own FM throwbacks Gun Runner and River City.... Casbah puts on Diamond Rings and PS I Love You, which seems semantically apropos, but is a v. disparate set of glammy, dancey indietronica and noisy art-punk. They’re both from Canada, though.... Else: Orange County garage groups Lovely Bad Things and Cosmonauts land at Tin Can Ale House...L.A. garage punx the Slighted slam into Tower Bar with O.C. zombie rockers Death Hymn Number 9...and the Radius Festival will take over the Air & Space Museum Friday and Saturday nights. I’m clueless when it comes to this subcultcha, but what I think I gather from their website is that it’s a bunch of DJ types producing synthetic music for sheople on synthetic drugs. Sheople is one of my new favorite words.

Saturday 5
From Stockholm, Sweden, indie-pop octet the Concretes hit Casbah behind last year’s WYWH, which is text lingo for “Would you want halibut?” No it isn’t. I just made that up. Lmfao. But this is a lot of people who’ve come a long way to play for you, and with the v. excellent Millionyoung and Blackbird Blackbird up first, it’s gonna be a fun one.... Blues-rock troubadour JJ Grey will play Anthology Saturday night. The Georgia Warhorse is a Florida native, atypically flying solo, without Jax act MOFRO, for this West Coast swing. Go get intimate with JJ.... “Calling all femme fiends and walking corpses,” from Hollywood, Misfits trib the Bitchfits hit Shakedown Bar. The self-proclaimed “new queens of horror” will take the Midway stage with our own horror rockers Zombie Surf Camp and from Long Beach, the Transers.... Uptown, noize-rock supergroup Spider Fever (with members of Earthless, Heartaches, Widows) infects Tower Bar with their ear-bleeding beats...local alt-rock act Lyon Crowns drop on Eleven with Long Neck Goose and Disguster...and Ale Mania’s spilling their Volar Records debut disc at Soda Bar with labelmates Mrs. Magician and Stalins of Sound in support. Our Ms. Leary got the lowdown on Volar founder Craig Oliver for this week’s music feature. Click or flip to that for more.

Sunday 6
Supersucker Eddie Spaghetti joins the Dwarves’ Blag Dahlia and Philly’s favorite son Toothless George at Brick by Brick Sunday night. Mister Spaghetti is touring in support of his new Bloodshot rock-roll collection Sundowner. Blag and George’re on the bill because nothing goes better with spaghetti than meatballs.... Feeling more shoegaze-y lazy, then Autolux is for you. The L.A. trio’s avant pop on last year’s Transit Transit — six years in the making — prompted NME to proclaim “six years well spent,” hanging an honorable 8 on their meticulous, slo-groove electro sound. They play Casbah with synthy SanFran band Soft Moon for one stoney double bill.... And alsos: guitar great Eric Clapton’s at the San Diego Sportsavalleyview Casinorena...and Ozokidz — all the little Ozomatlis — join their ’rents onstage at House of Blues for some family fun.

Monday 7
Canadian punker Cecil Frena blew out his throat and turned to the friendlier confines of pop music-making. He moved to San Francisco and called it Gobble Gobble. He’s out to tout last year’s MP3 release deBonton 2nd Grab Bag. Check out lead single “Lawn Knives” on the interweb. That’s some catchy glitch pop. Like-minded locals Jamuel Saxon and Boston band Truman Peyote fill an uncommon Monday-night bill at Tin Can Ale House.... Spook-pop perennial David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) does the Anti-Monday honors at Casbah this week. He’ll have some new singles at the merch table about vampires and blood and stuff.... And them psych-rocking Seattleites the Night Beats’ll be at Soda Bar with our own Trap Gold, TRMRS, and them cats from Operation Mindblow will put on a liquid light show.

Tuesday 8
British trip-hop trio Morcheeba’s touring in support of last year’s dance disc Blood Like Lemonade. They will pour it on House of Blues after the slinky sepia tones of San Jose sextet the Mumlers. You dig Tom Waitsian squeeze-box, get yer mitts on their Thickets & Stitches.... And Hot Tuna Blues fills the air at Belly Up as harmonica cat Charlie Musselwhite joins guitarist Jim Lauderdale on the Solana Beach stage.

Wednesday 9
’Trane’s pianoman McCoy Tyner graces the stage at Anthology Wednesday night. The post-bop pioneer has been touring and recording as a band leader for near 50 years. Tyner’s key sides came on his first for Blue Note, 1967’s The Real McCoy, a “Core Collection” notable. Is it in you? Mr. Tyner will be 73 this year.... Rest of your hump-night highlights’d be polite-pop groups Kisses, Hosannas, and White Apple Tree at Soda Bar...the hard-rocking Deicide stacking ’em up at Brick by Brick...and northa town, where local singer-songer Derek Evans plays the Ché Café...and jam band North Mississippi All Stars brings The Keys to the Kingdom to Belly Up.
— Barnaby Monk

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