Canadian multimedia artist Claire Boucher, known best by her stage name Grimes, delivers this year’s Polaris-nominated Visions to Porters Pub at UCSD. Her third full-length, and first for indie flagship 4AD, Visions has been a critical breakthrough for its focused “cyborg pop” aesthetic. Troll the interweb for a clip of “Circumambient” or “Skin.” Her muzic (and beguiling falsetto) hath charms to soothe the savage terminator. Elite Gymnastics and Myth will open the show. (The traveling trio has dubbed this the “Mythical Gymnastics Tour”)....
A little further (or is it farther?) up the 5, fuzzed-out garage-rockers the Raveonettes rave on into Belly Up behind this year’s Observator, the Danish duo's sixth studio set. For this one, main music man Sune Rose Wagner chose Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles because of his desire to record where the Doors “did all their best stuff...[to be] surrounded by all those ghosts of genius.” Melody’s Echo Chamber and the Howls up first.... Around town: Less Than Jake will be more than pleased at a packed House of Blues...indie-rock “supergroup” Bad Books (Kevin Devine, Manchester Orchestra) will give the Irenic the audio version of this year’s II, which dropped on Tuesday, after Drowning Men and Harrrison Hudson...folk-rocking Chicagoan Ezra Furman’s at Eleven with his new solo set (sans Harpoons), The Year of No Returning...while that soulful songsmith Sean Hayes plays Casbah with Birds of Chicago.
This weekend is the annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Fest. The hippie collective’s seventh spin on this warbling high-desert calliope ride. We’re talking beautiful backdrop and a roster of top-notch roots rockers. Check it: joshuatreemusicfestival.com. Musketeer Gripweed! Shovelman! That’s where I’ll be....
For all y’all staying in town: Whistle Stop and Robin Roth whip up a Club Pussy Galore with garage-pop throwbacks Gone Baby Gone, Heavy Empire, and late-night after-bands dance jams...nitro-fueled country punks Speedbuggy USA pull into Shakedown...Casbah catches Old Tiger with Heavy Guilt and Nena Anderson & the Mules for one hella locals-only bill of fare...garage punks Shiva Trash blow into Tin Can Alehouse after Crazy Eyes (Seattle) and Bagdad...and “the world’s first and only heavy-metal mariachi band,” Metalachi, will take the stage at the Royal Dive in O’side.
“Least Favorite Rapper” Busdriver stops at the Griffin with L.A. battle star Nocando. The indie hip-hop hits have no qualms about blowing up genre stereotypes and calling bullshit on “fashionable hip-hop artists and trends.” This year’s Beaus$Eros is as funny as it is frustrating trying to keep up with his wit (“Me and Medgar Evers and Arthur Ashe in the conference room/We’re picking band names”). I ain’t OG.... Right around the bend at Brick by Brick, the Amalgamated, Kingston A Go Go, and 2000 Tons of TNT fill a rocksteady reggae bill at the Bay Park bar.... Else: sludge-metal Seattleites Big Business bring their Odd Milk Wing tour to Casbah with Federation X...porno punks the Mentors take down the Shakedown with Midnight Eagle...while from the opposite end of the musical spectrum, specifically, “an ethereal layer between worlds,” Sun Airway’s at Soda Bar he typed while rolling his eyes.
Rock-roll poetess Patti Smith visits House of Blues Sunday night.
A veteran of the ’60s–’70s New York punk-club scene, Smith ventured into an array of media arts from photography and poetry to rock and rock journalism, and this year she found herself among the literary elite with her critically/commercially successful memoir Just Kids. This year’s Banga is no Horses — in many ways it’s better, imho — and I cannot wait to witness it live. Oh, I’m a fanboy.... Best of the rest Sunday night finds that jazz-rock-blending big band Sketchy Black Dog in the back room at 98 Bottles...Canadian radio staple Bryan Adams at the pride of downtown, Spreckels Theatre...English singer/songwriter Fink’s at the Loft at UCSD...while across campus, warm and fuzzy Bay Area band Starskate drops in at Ché Café.
Düsseldorf’s IDM duo Mouse on Mars scurries into Casbah with this year’s electronica offering Parastrophics. Pitchfork scored the disc a v. respectable 8.2, but started the review with a Pitchslap: “You don’t expect bands like Mouse on Mars to be around for two decades.” Really? I didn’t expect this genre to be around for two decades.... Go get your blood pumping at the Moral Crux show at Shakedown. For three decades, front punk James Farris and his old-school crew have been carrying the torch of the Clash, the Pistols, Ramones, and Generation X, leading Flipside to write that the politically charged NorWest quartet’s “severely (almost criminally) underrated.” MC’s Spokane tourmates Deadbones USA up first, making this one fun double-dip into the pit.
From Cardiff, Wales, that seven-piece indie-pop traveling dance party Los Campesinos check in at Casbah behind their latest, Hello Sadness, a daring downer for the usually jubilant crew. They play after Rafter....
Little Italy supper club Anthology sets up Robbie Krieger’s Jazz Kitchen. The ex-Doors guitarist has re-fashioned his playing as a “jazz fusionist.” Sounds dangerous.... Down-downtown, English twee-pop trio Bombay Bicycle Club rides into House of Blues...and that greaserbilly Twang Gang presents Crash & the Burns at El Dorado.
Canadian indie-rock act Stars will shine at House of Blues humpnight. The Arts & Crafts/ATO artists are fronted by Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan of the indie elite Broken Social Scene. They’re touring in support of this year’s The North, notable for its more upbeat approach to Stars’ often self-serious pop form. According to Campbell, The North is meant to be “playful, joyful and hopeful.” It is. The appropriately paired Diamond Ring and California Wives will open the show.... “The next great band from R.E.M.’s hometown” — Rolling Stone. From Athens, GA, garage-rock revivalists the Whigs hit the Griffin with this year’s Enjoy the Company, a ditty-filled disc that Consequence of Sound called “hopscotch rock.” Ouch. The Record Company and Family Wagon roll in first.... A stumble away, Brick by Brick has a Halloween showcase of cabaret, goth, and horror bands, featuring Stolen Babies, Dread Crew of Oddwood, Creature Feature, Renfield, and They Feed at Night.... And Bankers Hill bar Tin Can Alehouse serves up Teenage Burritos with Canada bands Nü Sensae and Peace, both on the indie-favored Seattle-based label Suicide Squeeze.
— Barnaby Monk