Stream the Crawler podcast for September 18-September 24! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Rock writer Robert Christgau called the Buzzcocks punk’s “most incandescent singles band,” and in the next sentence charged the English group of “defying punk’s party line and inventing ‘power pop’ in the process.” All this under an A- grade for one of the best compilations in the history of ever, Singles Going Steady, one of the few records that I have in four formats. (I’ll tell you what the other records are when we know each other a bit better.) Touring in support of this year’s The Way, Buzzcocks are buzzing around SoCal this weekend, and I aim to see ’em twice, at Belly Up on Thursday, with local old-school punx the Executives and Images, and then at Make the Music Go BANG! at the Observatory in Santa Ana on Saturday. I haven’t heard The Way — I don’t think it comes out in the States ’til October? — but according to Mr. Whyte over at Louder Than War, “The punk Beatles have produced their White Album.” Bang!.... Best of the rest: Young Dubliners, Old Man Markley, and Lexington Field fill a pub-punk bill at House of Blues downtown...from Santa Barbara, Secretly Canadian synthpop quintet Gardens & Villa visit Casbah behind this year’s “primal pleaser” Dunes...Red Rumsey of Unwound will headline very alternative sets at Til-Two after “scrape rock” trio Teach Me Equals, Nothingful, and Nada Bing...while the Hideout is a three-band garage for up-and-coming locals Shady Francos and Electric Healing Sound and L.A. act Death Lens.
Two days at Til-Two: Epic Future Radness hits town this weekend with a bevy of bands, future-rad acts such as Artifact, Dahga Bloom, the Lumps, the Kabbs, Blank Tapes, Amerikan Bear, etc. For the etcetra and set times, visit EFR’s website: epicfutureradness.com.... Classic SanFran punk band the Avengers takes the stage at Casbah after the Touchies and Hector Penalosa of the Zeros. Records with Roger spins ’round sets. Ripped this from Casbah’s website: “The Avengers are fronted by Penelope Houston, a seminal member of the Bay Area punk scene and a prolific solo artist. These punk-rock pioneers, who opened for the Sex Pistols’ farewell show at Winterland Ballroom in 1978, made musical history with their fearless, fervent brand of punk.” Musical history!... Else: she-punk trio L.A. Witch conjures the “dirty distorted country” of their s/t EP at the Hideout. I liked this from Los Angeles Magazine: “Imagine Kim Deal influenced by Nirvana (rather than the other way around).” “Witch-rock” ’Zonies Burning Palms open the show...Indie fiddler Andrew Bird plays Humphreys by the Bay with alt-country chanteuse Tift Merritt...from Brooklyn, funk ’n’ soul seven-piece party band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will land on the Winstons stage in O.B...while Philly son and hip-hop comic Lil’ Dicky spits at Porter’s Pub behind this year’s Professional Rapper record.
Roadtrippin’ to the Observatory in Santa Ana for the Make the Music Go BANG! day, which features L.A. cow-punx X, Tex-Mex roots rockers Los Lobos, Blasters Dave and Phil Alvin, the aforementioned and gushed-about Buzzcocks, plus Paladins, Knitters, Wanda Jackson, Junior freaking Brown, and so much more. VIP with a Tee is $55, so though it may be a little out of your zip code, but it’s def. reasonable pricewise.... The rest of youse: London R&B band Jungle brings their new s/t thing to Belly Up, a record Brooklyn Vegan applauds: “There’s a real vintage-ness here, recalling the period of funk and soul just as those genres started transitioning into disco.” Check out their clip on this week’s pod, playa. Super-tight! Beaty Heart will get the dance jams going...while Winstons stages SDMA nominees for best new group, the soul-rockin’ Routine...New Kinetics, Cardielles, and Pleasure Fix fill an indie-eclectic bill on Bankers Hill at the Tin Can...and drink ’n’ roll party punks Midnight Eagle land at the Tower after Poontang Clam and the Areas.
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