Canada band Sheepdogs bring their brand of boogie rock to town Thursday night. The ten-year-old Saskatoon troupe is touring in support of their brand new record, Future Nostalgia, a set that gets classic guitar rock right and brings backyard jams to the studio. The four-time Juno winners will play Middletown mainstay Casbah. From Story City, Iowa, psychedelic-rock trio Radio Moscow dials in first.... Best of the rest on Thursday finds Denton, Texas garage punks the Riverboat Gamblers drifting into the Hideout. The Gamblers are known more for their celebratory sets than their CDs, punctuating each gig with audience faves “Ice Water” and “The Art of Getting F!!!ed”...artsy Canada band Braids, touring in support of this year’s well-received Deep in the Iris, play right up the street at Soda Bar with Toronto-based tourmates Tasseomancy...English punk quartet Sham 69 (circa 1976) takes Til-Two with Revolt and the Grids...while Aussie jam band Xavier Rudd & the United Nations brings their Nanna to the Observatory North Park. According to Rolling Stone, “Nanna is a beautiful celebration of global sound, the only flaw being that Rudd’s own unique voice gets a little lost in all that egalitarianism.” Say what? Beantown singer/songer Chadwick Stokes (Dispatch/State Radio) opens the show.
Belly Up stages rock-n-soul singer Beth Hart Friday night. Hart’s out to tout this year’s Better Than Home record, and itjustsohappens this one’s Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week, so flip or click there for more on her.... From Beverly, Mass, post-rock instrumental act Caspian delivers its new Dust and Disquiet to the Hideout Friday night. According to Sputnik Music (which, despite its 4.5 rating and “Superb” sticker, seems to think the genre has flatlined), “If there’s one thing that Caspian has managed to prove in 2015, it’s that there’s still a glimmer of hope for post-rock.” Huh. Savannah screamo trio Circle Takes the Square will open the show.... Else on Friday: Palace Ballroom, the Loons, and Saint Diego fill an eclectic locals-only bill at the Merrow in Hillcrest...from London, ’80s anarcho punks Conflict hit Til-Two with local street-punk throwbacks Total Chaos and Sculpins...Casbah has Telekenisis, aka Seattle indie singer/songwriter Ben Lerner. The multi-instrumentalist is touring in support of his latest, Dormarion, and will be joined by Say Hi (to Your Mom, it used to be) and the Illuminauts...while SoCal indie act Gardens & Villa will play Music for Dogs at the Irenic after those “astronauts of inner space,” the psych-pop trio James Supercave.
CRSSD Fest numero duo comes to San Diego’s harborside Waterfront Park and features indie alums Flaming Lips and TV on the Radio, among many other (mostly) electronic acts. Not really a “club” thing that I’d cover, and you know I don’t do crowds or EDM, so you do the legwork on this one and get all them fun fest facts at crssdfest.com. Here’s a fest fact that’s not so fun, kids: 21 and up only. Really? It’s a public thoroughfare and, y’know, 2015!.... On the other side of the tracks, literally, if you care to dare the CRSSD Fest parking challenge, Belfast-based post-rock quartet (see, Sputnik Music, even the Irish are playing post-rock) And So I Watch You From Afar’s at Casbah...while Tim Wheeler and this year’s version of Ash take the stage at Music Box — that’s at the old Anthology spot in Little Italy — behind this year’s Brit-hit disc Kablammo!.... Up in the Heights Saturday night, alt-rock vets Redd Kross set up at Soda Bar after the Side Eyes. The McDonald brothers haven’t been up to a ton, Redd Kross–wise, and this is just a four-show tour around the Southwest, but they did reissue their 20-year-old covers EP Teen Babes From Monsanto this summer, so do grab that from the merch cat. “It’s a great little statement of purpose from these ’70s hard-rock babes-turned-adults,” according to the all-knowing AllMusic.
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