Are you ready for some footbaaaalll. Yuhmeneither. Let’s go out.... From Chicago’s South Side, rapper/provocateur Chief Keef is in town for two gigs this week. In just over a year, the 18-year-old has gone from YouTuber under house arrest at grandma’s to one of the most polarizing figures in rap. Fellow Chicagoan Kanye West heard him and co-signed Keef’s deal with the devil, Interscope, which released Finally Rich last year and watched it bound up the Billboard charts. Breaking down lead single “Love Sosa” was a chore, but it appears Mr. Keef is claiming superiority over all of rap’s Tony Montana wannabes by putting himself in the role of Scarface antagonist Alejandro Sosa. Jes? No? I dunno. I’m a SoCal cracker, wtfdik. Chief Keef checks in at HOB on Thursday and Porter’s Pub at UCSD on Friday.... Jelly Bread and Jack Berry jam at the Griffin. This one’s going to be fun-funky-fun, y’all. Had some Jelly Bread out at Josh Tree in May and these dudes are baaaad. Dave Good gave you the goods in this week’s Of Note, so flip or click there for more on them.... Udderwise: San Diego rock-roll trio Cult Vegas is a good bet at Tin Can Ale House after Gone Baby Gone and the Desolators...and Solana Beach bar Belly Up books an Everlast acoustic duo show, which for some reason reminds me that Insidious 2 comes out next Friday.
Gonna be Weirdos at Casbah with Widows, No More Saints, Schitzophonics, and crazy-great-crates DJ Records with Roger. The Weirdos, a first-wave punk band from L.A., were one of my early favorites, coming off more as “band” — like our own Zeros — than as a figureheaded foursome like L.A. compats the Circle Jerks and Black Flag. Also, they had (and have) the Al Flipside seal of approval, which is potent cred, imo. Bit of weirdness about the Weirdos: front brothers John and Dix Denney are the sons of actress Dodo Denney. She played Mrs. Teevee in the original Willy Wonka. There’s your “something new” for the day, you can go back to bed.... Grease-punk trio Black Market III will be at Bankers Hill bar Tin Can Ale House in support of their brand-spanking new Black Roses record. Catch ’em quick, because they are on their way to Europe through October! Go get ’em BMIII! Scott Mathiesen & the Shifty Eyed Dogs and Honkys open that show.... In the ring at Tower Bar is another Hip-Hop vs. Punk fight card with Rail Them to Death taking on 3-D and then, in the featured bout, Aims against Ghetto Blaster. I got (a likely naked) Ryan Foxe in the fifth!
Seattle metal musician-turned-antifolk singer-songer T.J. Cowgill, aka King Dude, will fill the Void with his acoustic apocalypse noise Saturday night. Dude’s got a Dylan vibe for end-of-timers. Hit the interwebs for some of last year’s Burning Daylight takes for a taste. PacNorthwest woodsy three-piece WL set it up in support of their new deal, Hold.... Great Big Bill out at Tower Bar, where clothier/artist collective Bujwah Strangers stages a buncha borderland bands for their Bujwah/Cholo Fest, including [deep breath] Buddy Banter, Northern Tigers, Electric Healing Sound, the Natives, Slipping Into Darkness, the Frights, and San Pedro El Cortez. That’s seven bands for seven bucks, which is, like, a buck a band.... Else: funk-bumpin’ Pocket’s wheeling the Wurlitzer into Bar Pink for a night of acid-jazzy dance jams...pirate punks Dread Crew of Oddwood drift into Soda Bar after Unicorn Death...blues-rock quartet from Redondo Beach, the Darlings, will play New Escape at the Griffin...and Bloomington’s murder balladeers Murder by Death serve up Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon at Casbah.
Last year when it was announced that Tobacco and Zackey Force Funk were teaming up to release an album under the band name Demon Queen, I was all [mouthbreatherface]. Tobacco fronts cool-beans psych-synth band Black Moth Super Rainbow, but he’s been on a beats-bent hip-hop trip of late, and I guess wicked-weird rapper Zackey was just the cat to fill the bill. The set’s called Exorcise Tape, which Spin magazine tags “warped electro-funk.” Yuh-huh, and thensome. These are going to be heady sets at Casbah Sunday night. Mystery Cave also plays, and the Kill Quanti DJs will be at the decks between sets.... Not your cup of mushroom tea? Well, then, from the other end of the musical spectrum, blue-eyed-soul singer/songwriter ZZ Ward’ll be at House of Blues behind her debut, Til the Casket Drops.
S stands for Soda Bar. She’s Jenn Ghetto of Carissa’s Weird, and it looks as if she’s got a good compendium out on Hardly Art to catch you up: They’ll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996–2003. It was the tour tag that caught my eye, though. Ms. Ghetto is calling this one the “I Am George Clooney Tour,” which is cute. Seattle dream-pop quartet Night Cadet marches in first.... Portland garage punks Youthbitch and like-minded locals Nutstache split a bill right down the street at the Void if you need a change of scenery or sound.... And Dead drummer Micky Hart and his band will be at House of Blues behind this year’s Superorganism. According to Mr. Hart, “A superorganism is a complex organism composed of many smaller organisms, [and] a band is a superorganism...so is the universe.” I think that’s all you really need to know, right there.
Tulsa punk rawkers Broncho buck into Casbah Tuesday night. Can’t recommend their debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, near enough. Harkens to classic Ramones/Stooges as well as new-school garage like Strange Boys (another fave) and Strokes. They’ll follow Mozes & the First Born at the Middletown mainstay.... In a Casbah-curated show, hip-hop comics Flynt Flossy and Whatchyamcallit, aka Turquoise Jeep, pull into Soda Bar Tuesday night. I’m not really sure what it is they do, but apparently it’s very entertaining.... Nasalrod, featuring FEAR drummer Spit Stix, plays the Tower with Stab City and, appropriately enough, California Bleeding.
Crawler fawlers know I love me some Neko Case, and not just in a neo-romantic way. The sometimes New Pornographer will play the House of Blues behind the freshly minted The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, which just dropped Tuesday and is Grade A Case — the big band, the big voice, the big melodic rock, the really big title. Seattle indie hits Pickwick open the show.... Miss the door to that, nearby enough, Southern rapper Curren$y has the mic at World Beat Center...and experimental instrumentalists Interrobang clang at Tin Can Ale House.... I just looked up “neo-romantic,” and that’s not what I mean.
— Barnaby Monk