Stream the Crawler podcast for September 11-September 17! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
His name is Avi, and the boy lo-o-oves his spicy wings! Yes, in italic with three o’s. That’s the word on the wire about indie-rocker Avi Buffalo, who this week dropped his Sub Pop sophomore set, At Best Cuckold. Couldn’t get it in my ears before penning this week’s thing, but if it’s anywhere near the s/t debut, which we’re clipping on this week’s podcast, it’ll be swell. According to Sub Pop’s pre-sale pitch: “The Long Beach enterprise is getting better with age.” K. Bring some wings when Avi Buffalo roams into Casbah Sunday night. Canadian composer Owen “He Poos Clouds” Pallett is also on the bill.... Up in La Jolla, L.A. groove-metal band Devil You Know will deliver this year’s Beauty of Destruction to Porter’s Pub at UCSD after Convent and Vanguard. Not sure what the atomic weight of it is, but Devil You Know just won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award.
Long weekend like that one can make for a light Monday night, but the royal we see Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan’s playing Casbah, and the royal we like a little country-fried Chuck come a Monday night. Ragan’s latest, Till Midnight, has been spinning in the truck’s carousel the past few months, and fans of the Americana brand would do well to give it a listen. Hell, even Absolute Punk gave it a 9.0. Rusty Maples up first.
“Taking inspiration from Hüsker Dü, it’s a new generation of electric, white-boy blues.” Indie-rock trio Sebadoh’s at Casbah on Tuesday night. Co-frontmen Barlow and Ja-Lo got it together last year to drop the messy-at-best Defend Yourself. Not sure you’ll hear much of that one, so go for the “nostalgia act of recent vintage” vibe, as the Onion’s A.V. Club bills it. With Octagrape opening the show, this’d be the gig to see Tuesday.... If it sells out and you’re all dressed down with nowhere to go, allow me to present Hammered Satin. The L.A.-based “glammy crunchy punchy glitter rock ’n’ roll” Burger Records band plays the Tower Bar behind their The Sweet–infused debut Glamorama. Bay Area fizz-rock band Modern Kicks and Brazilian ska-core sextet Abraskadabra will set it up.
I’m way over on words, so hittin’ humpnight quik-like: that Breeders show at Casbah sold out in, like, a minute, so forget that...maybe go check out the Tree Ring’s “final show” at the Irenic. It’s a casual, seated thing...notsomuch? Garage-rock border band San Pedro El Cortez will take the Tower after Gym Shorts and, appropriately enough, Kids in Heat...while that raspy R&B bay-bay Macy Gray plays Belly Up in advance of this year’s new neo-soul set The Way, which is due to drop in October. C u.