Smells Like Rock in Gucci Shoes

Celebrate composer Steve Reich's 75th at UCSD with a slew of avant guardians.
  • Celebrate composer Steve Reich's 75th at UCSD with a slew of avant guardians.

Thursday 12
Natty Chula Veestans the Beautiful View will drop their Requiemme Records debut, Life Is Beautiful, at Casbah tonight. TBV’s well-appointed pop sounds like alt-radio (think Killers, Interpol) but smells like rock in Gucci shoes.

Chula Vistans the Beautiful View will drop their new dealio, Life Is Beautiful, at Casbah Thursday night.

Chula Vistans the Beautiful View will drop their new dealio, Life Is Beautiful, at Casbah Thursday night.

Soul sister Lady Dottie and her Diamonds headline, and with up-and-coming psych-pop bands Sundrop Electric and Fresno’s Strange Vine opening the show, these’d be the sets to see.... Best of the rest: garage punks the Natives get restless at Eleven with the Last Years and Kodiak, making for one trick triple bill...Shakedown sets up SanDago hardcore hits Rat City Riot and Dirty Filthy Mugs...while Tin Can Ale House stages eclectic sets by ambient experimentalists Kill the Moon, the proggy Brian Ellis Group, and SanFran psych-rock band Glitter Wizard.

Friday 13
Who better to spend Friday the 13th with than them organ-grinding danse macabre ne’er-do-wells the Creepy Creeps, when “all hell breaks loose at the Til-Two Club.” The surf-rock zombies will be joined by garage-rock dance bands the Widows, Woolly Mammoth, and DJ Mikey Ratt spinning ’round sets.... Else: top-shelf indie-rockers Everest join our own bar-brand Midnight Rivals at Casbah. Everest has a newish roots-pop release in On Approach that got lost in the Dawes last year. Check out 2008’s Ghost Notes for Everest’s groovy peaks.... You can flip or click to Dave’s “Of Note” on the Dirt Daubers show at Soda Bar. They’re playing with the Two Man Gentleman Band and Restavrant.... Latin-jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo y Familia will entertain Anthology for two nights this weekend.... The guitarists’ guitarist Allan Holdsworth and his band will stack ’em up at Brick by Brick as they kick off a string of SoCal dates. Zappa said Holdsworth was/is “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet”.... Soma stages O.B. ragga punks Slightly Stoopid with L.A. ska band the Aggrolites.... Pocket will turn out the funk ’n’ jazz jams at Bar Pink.... Synth-punx Stalins of Sound and Uzi Rash infect Tower Bar.... And up in the Loft at UCSD, it’ll be local folkies Trouble in the Wind and the Wheeler Brothers.

Saturday 14
Them primal-urge poking Bloody Hollies will celebrate the release of their new CD, Yours Until the Bitter End, at Soda Bar with fellow garage punks Los Hollywood and the Lyon Crowns. If you missed Mary’s recent piece on the Hollies Down Under, dig through this for “If You Want Blood”: sandiegoreader.com/news/blurt/.... Couple of kewl cover bands at Casbah Saturday night as the Sweet and Tender Hooligans do you-know-who after them old Weezer teasers Geezer.... Down Kettner a bit, at 98 Bottles, jazzy pianoman Paul Keeling plays from his latest, The Farthest Reach, with local lions Rob Thorsen on bass and Duncan Moore at the traps....

Public Enemy rolls up on 4th&B Sunday night.

Public Enemy rolls up on 4th&B Sunday night.

SoCal ska punks the Voodoo Glow Skulls light up Soma with Authority Zero.... Big beats DJ duo Nadastrom plugz in at the Loft at UCSD.... And it’ll be all Piss N’ Blood at Midway punk club the Shakedown. “You call us punk rock. We don’t care about labels, catagories [sic] or classifications. We just play fucking rock ’n’ roll.” The frontman calls himself Ron Anger...

Sunday 15
For 30(!) years, Roosevelt, NY’s Public Enemy number one, Chuck D, has been rocking the mic with his crew Flava Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord, and the S1W. Public Enemy’s a permanent fixture on the critics’ lists of “greatest,” “most recommended,” and “most influential” artists of all time and is always the highest-ranked hip-hop group, topping the D.M.C. and Beasties, both of whom claim Public Enemy as a top-hop influence on their style of scratch, hype, and sociopolitical platforming. Flava may have diluted his cachet running his mouth all over TV and mugging over his big bling clock, but he’s still the wackest hypeman rolling. Public Enemy appears at 4th&B fronting this year’s Most of Our Heroes Don’t Appear on a Stamp, so, Yo! Bum Rush the Show.... And American funk and soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s and Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s, will be at Anthology behind his Ray Charles tribute, Roots and Grooves....

Belly Up puts on Handsome Furs on Sunday.

Belly Up puts on Handsome Furs on Sunday.

Utter mentionables: Belly Up puts on electro-rock duo the Handsome Furs and Snakesuit. Like-minded locals D/Wolves open that show...DC diy punx, the mysterious Max Levine Ensemble, gather at Ché Café with Summer Vacation, Tiny Lungs, and Sledding with Tigers...while soul sister Tori Roze spills her Hot Mess all over Bar Pink after Heavy Guilt and SanFran band Con Brio.

Monday 16
There will be an Anti-Monday extraordinaire as local faves Silent Comedy and Transfer wrap up a long weekend at the Middletown mainstay. For you laggards who couldn’t make it out, this’d be a fine night to catch these San Diego standouts. The rising Dead Feather Moon up first.

Tuesday 17
Soda Bar puts on Sundress, a five-piece psych-pop act from Denton, Texas. According to advance press, “Sundress’ brand of ethereal dream-pop marries many influences, ranging from Pink Floyd and the Beatles to Slowdive and Sparklehorse.” Reading along the popular tags: shoegaze, deep bass, squalling guitars, Grizzly Bear, Bloody Valentine, and especially pretty sundress. The band’s out to tout its new self-titled, self-released EP. Dancing Strangers and Pilots land first.

Wednesday 18
American minimalist composer Steve Reich celebrates his 75th birthday at the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UCSD with New York’s eclectic Bang on a Can All-Stars, red fish blue fish, Steven Schick, with a rare appearance by Reich. The ensemble will perform an evening of Reich’s work, including Music for 18 Musicians, one of “a handful of late-20th-century works that can rightly claim to have altered the course of Western music,” says the press release. According to my officemate, C-dub, “[Reich] is one of the kingpins of minimalism and 20th-century avant-garde. It’s one of a few things that really excites me these days. I know that sounds pathetic.” No, Chris. Not too....

Soda Bar sets up Minnesotans the Melismatics Wednesday night.

Soda Bar sets up Minnesotans the Melismatics Wednesday night.

I’m going to check out the Melismatics show at Soda Bar. They’re a nu-wave band from Minneapolis that garnered their chops from the same college-radio gaga (New Order, JAMC, Big Star, Bowie, Cars) as yours truly. Fun stuff, and with Sundrop Electric and Misspent Warhead Premise setting it up, that’s a pretty tasty triple bill of fare.... Else: indie folkies Olin & the Moon continue their month of humpnights at Casbah...while garage-rock trio the Schitzophonics play Bar Pink, and they will, too.
Barnaby Monk

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