Happy Mother’s Day, mother f!!!er. Seriously, though, call your mom.... And then Sunday night, from Tacoma, Washington, garage-rock originals the Sonics will be at Belly Up. That is all. Wait, no it isn’t. Buy their new record, This Is the Sonics. Coolest greatgrandfathers ever. With Barrence Whitfield & the Savages and our own Beehive & the Barracudas, this one is going to be Epic.... Miss the door in Solana Beach, however, you’ve got a good one at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick, where a hard-rocking trio of trios, Dead Meadow, Elder, and Stoned Jesus, bring the “Road to Psycho” tour to town. #heaviosity.... Else: from Sactown, 30-year alt-metal act the Deftones is downtown at House of Blues...Dead Man Walking, featuring Captain Sensible (the Damned), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Mike Peters (the Alarm), and Chris Cheney (the Living End), will be at Soda Bar with Barb Wire Dolls and the Grids...while East County rock spot Ramona Mainstage welcomes from Virginia Beach, technical metal heads Arsis, who are touring in support of their latest Nuclear Blast’r, Unwelcome.
The Irenic stages indie singer/songers Elvis Perkins and Vikesh Kapoor on Monday night. Perkins is touring in support of this year’s return to his ramshackle-folk roots, I Aubade. Spinning it as I type, and I like. Fans of the Devendra Banhart brand would do well to check it out.... And, also, down at Casbah’s Anti-Monday thing, you’ve got ska-rock by British band the Skints and our own O’side Sound System...while North Carolina’s hard-rocking He Is Legend delivers Heavy Fruit to Porter’s Pub at UCSD. The quintet will headline sets by a long list of bands.
Ex-Cult play artful punk songs that tend to hardcore — artcore? Rock press likes refs to “post-punk” and “the ’80s.” Makes sense that the Oblivions’ Eric Friedl, Goner Records, and Cali garage guru Ty Segal are all onboard with Ex-Cult and even behind the boards for their self-titled full-length debut and last year’s 20-minute teaser EP Cigarette Machine, both of which gave us garage-quality rapid-fire rock with charismatic front punk Chris Shaw’s dog-bark vocals. It’s the middle disc, though, the challenging middle child, Midnight Passenger, that shows this Memphis-based band is more than just four-on-the-floor, as they embellish their lockstep rock runs with Jesus Lizard–style rawk texture. And I don’t comp Jesus Lizard lightly. Ex-Cult takes the stage at the Hideout Tuesday night. See you there.... Best of the rest finds Timber Timbre and Xiu Xiu splitting an odd-pop bill at the all-ages Irenic...old-school surf-rockers the Fink Bombs playing Bar Pink’s Tiki Tuesday...and at Casbah, Israeli bootgaze band Vaadat Charigim will headline Dave Good’s Of Notable show after Froth and Muscle Beech.
Got to wrap this real quick, as I am up against my wordcount. So, here's your humpnight, Reader’s Digest style: from Austin, Western-swing slinger Wayne “the Train” Hancock chugs into Casbah after ampersand bands Action Andy & the Hi-Tones and Fanny & the Attaboys...House of Blues has English indie-rock trio Wombats, with Life in Film and Cheerleader...and there’s three nice all-local shows around town Wednesday night, as “next generation power trio” Taurus Authority takes the stage at Bar Pink...proggy sci-fi act Digital Lizards of Doom join the Social Club at the Merrow...while Belly Up serves a tasty triple-decker, featuring psych ’n’ soul bands Amerikan Bear, Ocelot, and Barbarian. And if you haven’t picked up Barbarian’s Night Blooms yet, why are you such a late Bloomer? Please see the merch person.