Stream the Crawler podcast for May 1-6! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
“Tear the roof off the sucker!” The brassy mothership blasts off at House of Blues Thursday night as far-out bandleader George Clinton and his funky bunch, Parliament Funkadelic, take the downtown stage for a night of dance jams like “Flashlight,” “Atomic Dog,” and “Give Up the Funk.” Dave Good wrote the Of Note, so flip or click there for more on them.... Philly’s fuzz-rock four-piece Bleeding Rainbow spills into Soda Bar behind this year’s Interrupt. The Kanine set’s been well-received by indie critics for its visceral take on ’90s ’gaze, adding a good deal of “clang and clank” to the genre’s lockstep rhythm and drone. Push play on this week’s podcast for a taste of standout track “Tell Me.” Our own noisy cats Northern Tigers and the Kabbs will open the show.... Guitarist/singer Jeff Burke of Denton, Texas punk-rock band the Marked Men has moved on to Japan, where the frontman founded the Novice, which killed in Europe last year and is back this year as Radioctivity. Get to their bandcamp page for a taste of this year’s Dirtnap Records debut. Radioactivity takes the Tower Bar after Japan band Suspicious Beast, with whom Burke toured Europe, so y’know this is one well-traveled, well-rehearsed roadshow.
“If I was an asshole, thank you for keeping a smile on your face,” sings Tokyo Police Club’s front gun David Monks on “Argentina,” from this year’s Forcefield. Sounds like an unspoken Rivers Cuomo sentiment. Advantage Monks. With Forcefield, the Canada band has traded its dorm-pop platitudes for guitar-rock latitude, in some cases — the eight-and-a-half-minute opener “Argentina” (Parts I, II, and II), for inst. — out-Weezering their touchstone. Love or hate the records, with the amps turned up under stagelights, bands like this were made for the stage. Tokyo Police Club busts Belly Up Friday night after Geographer and Said the Whale.... Detroit City MC Danny Brown’s at Porter’s Pub at UCSD. Brown is out to tout this year’s Old, the alternative hip-hop hit’s first properly released record, produced on the back of underground mixtapes like XXX, which had MTV and Spin magazine calling Brown the most “individual rap artist” they’d seen and heard “in a generation of hip-hop posses.” Brown credits his DJ dad for his career and early exposure to LL Cool J and a Tribe Called Quest, and he says he’s inspired by Radiohead’s one-two punch of OK Computer and Kid A for a better understanding of “beats and production.” Old debuted at number 17 on Billboard’s top 200. Nice work, Mr. Brown.... If you miss the door at Porter’s Pub, just across campus, “skramz” band Circle Takes the Square plays Ché Café after Griever and Man vs. Man. Skramz is what they’re calling first-wave screamo now, and Savannah-based three-piece Circle Takes the Square are considered top of the heap. If you prefer your post-punk apoplectic, CTTS are all that and a bag of Takis.... Around town: L.A. punkabilly trio the Rocketz land at Shakedown. Like-minded locals Toothless George, Johnny Deadly Trio, and the Gore Horseman ride in first...and check out Bobby Bray’s Blurt “Country clubbin’” in this week’s ish, and then catch one of the events, Grampa Drew’s Flim Flam Revue, at Casbah. Apparently, it’s a “veritable who’s who of local talent” loosing their inner country bumpkins.
Soma sets up post-hardcore crew Chiodos on the main stage Saturday night. The Michiganders are back together after a five-year layoff and, according to Alternative Press magazine, back on track “for world domination.” Chiodos is touring in support of this year’s Razor & Tie release Devil. Push play on the podcast for a clip from the crit hit. Emarosa, Our Last Night, and 68 up first on the all-ages stage.... L.A. electro-pop duo Say Say will play Bar Pink. Adam Reiter (vocals/guitar) and Jesse Gurtis (vocals/keys) “base their sound off of analog synths, drum machines, and ambient guitar,” mining classic tones and beefing them up with modern dance-house melodies. Hit up “Touch” for a tasty taste.... Best of the rest: Soda Bar sets up sonic experimentalists 2UP (Japan), Batwings, Innerds, and Tron...while northa town, at Porter’s Pub, you got Step Brothers, which is beat maestro Evidence (Dilated peoples) and producer/DJ/rapper Alchemist (Snoop Dogg, Eminem) pairing up for this year’s well-received Rhymesayers record Lord Steppington.
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