Welsh indie-rock act Catfish & the Bottlemen split an FM 94/9 bill with Wild Party at the Merrow in Hillcrest. Catfish & the Bottlemen are out to tout their Island Records debut, The Balcony, which dropped the day they got to play Late Night with David Letterman. Goodonya, lads.... Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week is the Kate Voegele set at Soda Bar, so be sure to flip or click to Dave’s take for more on the rising star. Leroy Sanchez up first.... The 25-year strong Michigan party band Mustard Plug joins our own Toasters and Oceanside Sound System to fill a ska-punk bill at Casbah Sunday night.... The first son of Eric “Eazy E” Wright, Lil’ Eazy E has the mic at Porter’s Pub Sunday night as the rapper kicks of his “Straight Out of Compton” tour.... And there’s no better shredder than John 5 (just ask his employers, Marylin Manson, David Lee Roth, and Rob Zombie), who brings his band, the Creatures, to Ramona Mainstage after a riot of a rural bill that features Our Arms to the Sun, Bruce Bouillet (Racer X), Mursic, and Uncle Junkie.
Kelly Halliburton (Pierced Arrows, Defiance) and a clan of punk veterans make up a sort of supergroup in their hometown of Portland. They call it P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., which, according to Halliburton, is an empty acronym: “The letters don’t stand for anything. We don’t stand for anything.” Punk as f!!k. The five-piece plays Til-Two with A-Bortz and the Pilgrims.... On the quieter side of town Monday night, Soda Bar sets up Beach Fossils bassist John Pena’s breathy electro-pop band Heavenly Beat, with Emerald Rats and Chill Pill...while Casbah’s Anti-Monday stages some fresh local fare, with Botanica Chango (Hills Like Elephants, A Scribe Amidst the Lions), Hail Hail, and Chateau if you’re up for some taste-testing.
The Justin Pearson–fronted “sci-fi/surf/punk” band Retox will be touring the U.S. and Canada and then invading Europe in the spring behind their third record, Beneath California. According to advanced press, Beneath California “redefines hardcore” and is due out via Epitaph on — well, wow — Tuesday, February 10. Big night for the band, which headlines sets at Casbah after Whores, Ghetto Blaster, and the Long and the Short of It.... Too loud for Tuesday? From Chucktizz, South Carolina, “your girlfriend’s favorite band,” Heyrocco, rolls into the Soda after Young Wants for a night of independent rock music...while right down the road, Hideout has local indie kids Mariel, Paper Thins, and Sullen Ray. The Paper Thins’ Bandcamp demos show some promise. I’ll keep an ear cocked.
“Bluegrass baby grows up punk.” Sounds like an Onion headline. Singer/songer Jessica Lea Mayfield first performed in her family’s Ohio-based bluegrass band at age 8. Since then she’s caromed through multiple musical (and wardrobe) (and hair-color) changes. What remained constant throughout was the woman’s guitar chops and quick lyrics. Last year’s Dan Auerbach–produced Make My Head Sing... is no exception. You like “fringe alt-country” played with loud intent, check her out at Soda Bar Wednesday night.... Otherwises: garage-y groups Corners, Shady Francos, and Buddy Banter fill a humpnight bill at the Hideout...Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego stages “Laugh-In Live” at Casbah, featuring comics, rockers, and comic rockers Eric Andre, Byron Bowers, Neil Hamburger, Ever Mainard, and Dynasty Handbag...while up at Belly Up, Austin-based Latin psych-funk collective Brownout presents Brown Sabbath — Black Sabbath con queso! Yo soy el hombre de hierro...