According to Sub Pop on its one-sheet for Olympia power trio Strange Wilds, the band’s latest has “a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.” They play the Soda with Bad Vibes on Sunday night...while House of Blues sets up hard-rock supergroup the Winery Dogs (Mr. Big, Poison, UFO, Dream Theater). The Dogs have got a new disc called Hot Streak, out now on Loud & Proud Records.
Back From the Grave, indeed. Fifty years later the short-lived (1964–1966) Hollywood High garage-rock group the Sloths cobbled together a collection that was released this March via Lollipop Records and will take it (and a very special guest) to the stage at Casbah on Monday night. Reader contributor Patrick Henderson caught up with the Sloths for this week’s issue, so flip or click to Blurt for more on them. Imperial Beach mod-rock act the Bassics will open the show.... Austin-based R&B big band (ten players!) the Nightowls takes the Soda Bar stage behind this year’s Fame Sessions record after our own soul-rocking Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact.
Electro-industrial band Health hit the Casbah with this year’s Death Magic, which, according to the tastemakers at Pitchfork (where it got a 7.8 rating), continues the L.A. act’s experimentations with “technology, employed in the service of exploring base human impulses — to incite, to destroy, and to possibly cause deafness.” Are those your base impulses, Pitchfork? I just watched the video for lead single “New Coke,” and the visuals were mostly of dipshitty club kids cramming and purging chemicals, but I can hear how the song could rock even a chemical-free room. Health apparently stole the show on tour with NIN — clearly their biggest influence. Dark-wave producer Travis Egedy, aka Pictureplane, plugs in first.... Else on Tuesday: pop-punk Pennsylvanians the Menzingers (“I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore”) play the Observatory North Park with Mewithoutyou...while right around the bend at Bar Pink, London indie act Citizens! rock this year’s European Soul after NYC surf-pop four-piece the High Waisted.
It’s Andra Day Day, as the San Diego native and retro-soul vocalist brings her Cheers to the Fall tour through her hometown. Day, who is most compared to Amy Winehouse and Etta James, apparently “kickstarted her career by posting R&B takes of songs by Eminem and Muse on YouTube” (Billboard). Whatevs. Her style and way with song is something to behold, which I will do stagefront at Casbah on Wednesday. I’m giddy for it.... Otherwise on Wednesday: punky “nope-wave” Seattle act SSDD (Steal Shit Do Drugs) and our own Teenage Burritos split a tasty bill of lo-fi fare at Tower Bar...“new age psychedelic soft rock” Canada band Tops joins the gettin’ busy Gloomies at the Hideout...while the Office hosts a Grande Ole Office night with porchlight music by Grampadrew and Creature & the Woods.