From New Orleans, the “Ninth Ward’s torchiest torch singer,” Linnzi Zaorski, visits America’s finest this weekend. Zaorski is what Grampy would call a “blonde bombshell” because she’s got that movie-star style. With tats.
The natural-born singer swings easy between trad-jazz standards and Depression-era pop on her 2002 debut Linnzi Zaorski & Delta Royale, a very recommendable set for fans of the brand (Lady Day to Squirrel Nut). Zaorski and the Deltas are out to tout last year’s Naughty Sweetie, which tracks Zaorski original “Better Off Dead” from the hit flick The Mechanic, in which she plays a club sanger sangin her own song what! She’ll be at Bar Pink on Thursday, or if you’re into that speakeasy vibe, check her out downstairs downtown at Syrah on Fifth on Friday.... Stringy Syracuse indie-pop act Ra Ra Riot will play a Casbah-curated show at Belly Up behind last year’s The Orchard, a sophomore set that sounds like a sophomore set, overthunk and wrung out. Still and all, Rhumb Line’ll keep the kids dancing in the clubs for years to come. Dynamic duos the Submarines and Papa open the show.... Else: Til-Two stages local up-and-coming alt-rock acts A Beautiful View and the New Kinetics...while Deep Sea Thunderbeast, Bantam Feather, Sleeplady, and Nothingful fill an indie-eclectic bill at the Tin Can Ale House. This is a CD-release thing for Bantam Feather. No clue what it’s called or what’s on it, but the duo promises wall-to-wall “baritone guitar, baritone drums, and baritone vocals.”
SanFran garage-punk band Terry Malts takes Tower Bar with the release of their debut LP, Killing Time. The mystery trio are the band behind Bay Area swank-rock act Magic Bullets. If you get that, substitute Buds for buds and you’ll get what the Bay Guardian calls “gloriously melodic slop packed with noisy punk riffs and classic SST-evoking lyrics.” Chainsaw pop. Permanent Collection and Dead Angle up first.... Miss the door there and feel like staying uptown, you got punkabilly trio the Hard Fall Hearts at Eleven (“We came here to rock your ass and chew bubble gum, and we are all outta bubble gum!”)...Soda Bar sets up Canada band Chains of Love (“Tina Turner meets Jesus and Mary Chain”)...and Ziggy Shuffledust dons his Thin White Duke disguise for a night of Bowie at the Ruby Room.... Casbah welcomes home pop-punk prodigal sons the Soft Pack. The Beaters and Plateaus are also on that bill.... Nu-metal crew the nFormals play Ché Café with Rob Crow’s weird-ass covers act the Devfits.... And Bay Area blues slinger Tommy Castro takes the stage at Belly Up behind his multiple-award-winning Hard Believer, one of the best roadhouse records I ever heard.
Three-time Grammy-winning choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be at Anthology Saturday night. With more than 50 studio recordings to its credit, the group this year released Songs From a Zulu Farm, a folk collection that will resonate “whether you are in Ladysmith, Virginia, or Ladysmith, South Africa.” Then, Anthology’s a Reader joint, as HQ throws an appreciation party especially for you, featuring Nervous Wreckords, Midnight Rivals, and Grand Tarantula. Wicked cheap tickets and drinks, Reader readers, so click to this to see if there’s room for you and yern: readercity.com/products/2717. I’ll be the guy in the kangaroo suit....
Miss the door in Little It’ly, San Pedro punks Toys That Kill will be at Bar Pink with Dirty Ghosts and Bare Wires...SanFran garage-rock band and Nuggets devotees the Fresh & Onlys will play Casbah with Disappears and Tropical Popsicle...hard-core hip-hopper DMX (“Divine Master of the Unknown”) rolls up on 4th&B behind his new deal, Undisputed...country-fried alt-rockers the Blackout Party play the Riviera Supper Club...and Belly Up will be throwing a Johnny Cash birthday bash, featuring SD’s hands-down best Man in Black tribute act, Cash’d Out.
On Sunday night, Shakedown and Brick by Brick bring a thing to the kids in Mira Mesa, where all-ages rock spot the Epicentre stages English Dogs, Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, Havok, and the Strikers. The English Dogs are 30-year vintage of the thrash-metal punk varietal. The quartet this year released the EP Get Off My F!!!ing Moon.... From Costa Mesa, California, ’lectronic dance band Polaris at Noon hits the Griffin with local indie kids Pretty Too Bad and Jam Saxon’s DJ Keith Sweaty spinning ’round sets. Keep your eyes peeled on the Griffin’s event calendar, kids, as Joe Rinaldi’s got his ear to the ground and is promising fresh sounds in the rehabbed Bay Park bar.... Your dad’s favorite soft-rock band, America, will be at Belly Up. Truth be told, one of my own damn guilty pleasures.
Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags Brit indie-pop act Veronica Falls. The London-based quartet signed to Slumberland in the states for the release of their s/t debut, which has garnered v. respectable reviews. The New York Times called it “favourable,” with a u. Bleached and DJ Mario O set it up.
On Tuesday at the Middletown mainstay, you got a folk-pop family affair, featuring He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister. I don’t cotton to bands with such long names, but according to the Casbah’s calendar, they have been called “delightfully original” (Indieshuffle) and “forward-thinking folkies forging new ground” (New Times). Bad Weather California rolls in first....
Jazz-guitar guru Charlie Hunter’s up the hill at Anthology. For more than 20 years, the Berkeley-born artist has pushed the boundaries to post-bop, acid, and funk with his seven- and eight-string instruments that the cat can make moo like a Hammond. I have no idea what that means, but I like it and I’m not rewriting it.... Utter mentionables: Secret Fun Club convenes out at Tower Bar with Batwings, Moosejaw, and Monogamy Party...and the Texas-based, Grammy-winning Chicano-rock trio Los Lonely Boys will play an acoustic set at Belly Up. Yawn.
Yawn plays House of Blues before Britpop ’n’ rock band the Kooks. The Kooks are a four-piece from Brighton that last year released their third Virgin pile, Junk of the Heart. It’s what we at the Monk house call Forever XXI muzik — the type of tunes you’d hear at that particular Fashion Valley haberdashery. It makes you buy stuff you shouldn’t because it’s youth-ful and E-vil. “Jackie Big Tits” is a fun one, tho....
Sac-town dance-ponks !!! (chk-chk-chk) will be at Casbah Wednesday night behind their new-ish EP Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass, a “funk, dub, left-field disco, and Krautrock” rounding of the bases. With Wild Belle and DJ Velvet Touch on the bill, this’d be the gig to see humpnight.... Best of the rest has Canada’s premier banjo man Jayme Stone slinging his twangy thing at the Loft at UCSD...Whistle Stop puts on electro-experimentalist Snakesuit this Commune Wednesday...Soda Bar draws a draught of indie-pop, with Cloud Nothings, Classic Education, and the Lanterns...and SD quadrennials Rookie Card rock and roll their leap yearly reunion show to the Riviera Supper Club out in God’s country (La Mesa).
— Barnaby Monk