Stream the Crawler podcast for October 9-15! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Sunday’s funday, as “punk for the people” Kalamazoo quintet the Spits hit Soda Bar on their California Torta Tour. Ripped this promo from the Soda Bar site: “Their throbbingly addictive songs just drip like sticky tar out of the speakers.” Hmm. Scuzz-punk icon Timmy Vulgar’s “raw sewage roq” trio Timmy’s Organism and our own Stalins of Sound set it up.... Notsomuch? Well, the Tennis show at Casbah’s sold out...hip-hop yahoo Matisyahu’s show at Belly Up is sold out...Ah! SoCal rapper Ab-Soul swings his These Days... thing onto the all-ages main stage at Soma and it’s not yet sold out.
Surf-sludge trio Guantanamo Baywatch washes up at the Hideout after Pookie & the Poodlez and Buddy Banter on Monday night. This is my mystery pick of the week, and I picked a clip for the podcast called “Love This Time” to sway you away from Monday-night football and onto (use your movie-voiceover voice again) “another zany episode of Guantanamo Baywatch!”.... Unswayed? Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and our own A.J. Croce will split a singer-songer bill at Belly Up.
“This man, known for so long by another name, is finally free.” Aaron Freeman was Gene Ween. Split from Ween, sobered up, and fronting a new band with a stellar new record (both called Freeman, for multiple, apparent reasons), the offbeat songsmith will take the stage at Casbah for what should be the set to see this week. From Providence, RI, folk-pop big band Arc Iris opens the show.... Else: ska punks Voodoo Glowskulls light up Brick by Brick with Guttermouth...Tycho and Com Truise split an electric bill at North Park Theatre...while Italian goth-rockers Horror Vacui and Portland anarcho punx Vivid Sekt take the Tower.
Humpnight hits like this: L.A.-based “writer, producer, singer, DJ, performer, pinky ring wearer” Zak Waters will headline sets at Soda Bar after Brooklyn’s “basement dance party” band the French Horn Rebellion and PDX electro-pop duo Mackintosh Braun...while former Bumpus frontwoman and current solo roller (except for her sizable backing band) Rachel Yamagata is at House of Blues behind this year’s Heavyweight EP. Star-maker Linda Perry’s newest protégé, Philly filly Candice Martello, who writes and records as Hemming, will open the show.