The ex–Mr. Avril Levigne, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley is back with the living, apparently, after an alcohol-related near-death experience last year, and the “underclass hero” is now plugged into the Happiness Machines, a new band that will take the stage at Casbah for a night of Sum 41 singalongs on Sunday. This is a brief, three-date tour for Whibley, playing the OC, SD, and L.A. this week only.... Miss the door in Middletown, German blues-rock duo the Picturebooks ride their Imaginary Horse into Soda Bar after local intergalactic rock trio Space Wax.
From Phoenix, alt-rock fourpiece Fairy Bones takes the Tower Bar behind this year’s Dramabot, a musical groover that showcases front woman Chelsey Louise’s toe-curling caterwaul. She gets a fair share of comps to Gwen Stefani, and it’s damn close, though I think I like this band better than No Doubt. Locals Six to Midnight, Blow Me Down, and Omega Three will open the show.
From Queens, New York, and one of that burrough’s favorite punk-and-roll bands the Beets, Juan Wauters will play the Hideout after Walter TV and Bloom. In Spanglish, Wauters folk rocks like Gordon Gano and John Darnielle, a generous lyricist with a headvoice croon and pushbroom acoustic. He’s touring in support of his Captured Tracks solo debut, Who Me?.... Syracuse metalcore crew Bleak’s right up the street at Soda Bar, raising the roof with Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Colombian Necktie, and Man vs. Man...while Matt Woods, Adam Lee, and Matthew Strachota fill an acoustic country bill out at Tower Bar.
Comic/actor Brian Posehn’s “very tall and made of farts,” and he’s touring in support of his latest comedy album, The Fartist. Posehn's performing two sets (7:30 and 9:30), so you can easily catch the early show and then go out out. Just not to the Veruca Salt show at Soda Bar because that’s supposably sold out...but L.A. rap act Jurassic 5’s back at it and hip-hopping Humphreys by the Bay...Dopapod and Vokab Kompany will split a similar bill at Casbah...while at Brick by Brick, you’ve got Vista’s thrash-metal Monarch headlining sets by Detonated, Raise the Guns, and Red Wizard.