Black meets Pink, East meets West, and flower-punk meets art-damaged pop as Atlanta band Black Lips team up with L.A.’s Ariel Pink to co-headline sets at the Observatory North Park on Sunday. Last year the Lips made their first Billboard appearance with their seventh studio set, the melodic garage-rocker Underneath the Rainbow. Meanwhile, Ariel Pink’s Pom Pom was a freaking metahit and is still sizzling for its psycho-delic bent. Speaking of which, our own Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates set it all up.... If that sells out and you just gotta rock, punk-hook pros Radioactivity (a Dirtnap act) take the stage at Soda Bar after likeminded locals Tiltwheel and Cruz Radical...blues-rocking she-shredder ZZ Ward’s Love and War tour comes to House of Blues...while Lafayette, Louisiana’s joy-pop jam band the Givers give their new record, New Kingdom, to what’s sure to be a packed house at Belly Up.
The Reader’s Dryw Keltz had a chat with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (Yim Yames, if you’re nasty) for last week’s “My morning walk” Blurt, so click back to that to catch up. The psychedelic Southern rockers are touring in support of this year’s The Waterfall, their first “California record,” and will take the stage at the Open Air Theatre at SDSU on Monday. Chicago’s folk-rock five-piece the Fruit Bats open the show.... Aussie alt-pop act the Griswolds and our own surf-rock quintet Splavender split a tasty bill at the Loft at UCSD.... From Cincinnati, Ohio, country-fried blues-rock band the Heartless Bastards bring their Restless Ones tour to Belly Up after Boston grunge-pop trio Slothrust.
Art-rock Canada band Ought’s rocked a couple of extra-base hits with indie critics over last year’s More Than Any Other Day and this year’s Sun Coming Down. We love it jagged and wordy, and when you can make it hum like Ought can, omfg. (How’s that for professional music journalism?) Ought headlines sets at the Hideout after garage-pop locals Kooties and Scruffles.... From L.A. via Portland, dance-punk duo Yacht docks at Casbah. According to the club’s site, “Yacht just killed it opening for Hot Chip at Observatory North Park!” I missed that one. Yacht is touring in support of their brand-spanking-new record, I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler. Me too. DFA artist, the Greek beats cat Larry Gus sets it up.
Just found out that the Eagles of Death Metal show sold out the Belly Up, which took the wind out of my rock-roll sails. This was my gig pick of the week, and lo and be-frickin-hold I didn’t bother to buy tickets. Am I losing the pulse of you, San Diego? Good on the Eagles and their awesome new record, Zipper Down, which we gushingly reviewed last week, and good on all you ticket holders. Gram Rabbit opens the show.... The rest of us have got a coupla nuggets around town, as Brooklyn synth-pop band Small Black brings this year’s Best Blues to the Casbah stage after the sonically similar SanFran band Painted Palms...and Miniapple “punky girl-rock” band Sick of Sarah headlines sets at Bar Pink after alt-pop acts Lost Element and Sad Robot.