This year’s DIY punk-rock riot Awesomefest 10(!) kicks off on Thursday night at Soda Bar with a primer for the three nights to come. “It’s the pre-party to the main party...duh!” says the Soda Bar site, and it features riot grrl grunge-punks Goldilox & the Bears, plus Death Eyes, the Grids, Santa Ana Knights, Foreign Bodies, and a bunch more bands bouncing between Soda Bar and the Hideout. It looks as if they’ve limited this weekend’s proceedings to four locales, two in North Park (the Office and U-31) and two in the Heights (Soda and the Hideout), both pairs of places easily walkbetweenable, which is nice. For the full schedule, click it to awesomefest10.com/.... From Columbus in Ohio, folk-punk troubadour Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage rolls solo into Tower Bar Thursday night. Micah’s “your new Norman Rockwell. Painting pictures of us all. A product of your rural slums.” He’s got last year’s Not the Boy You Used to Know in tow, as well as a remaster of his first solo record, When the Stage Lights Go Dim. Word on the wire is that the release of Two Cow Garage’s next record, Brand New Flag, has been pushed back to October, so hopefully we’ll be seeing that bombastic trio in town soon, too... Alsos: O.C. grindcore crew Phobia will be hitting at Brick by Brick with Colombian Necktie...while 45-year-strong Jamaican reggae group Black Uhuru takes the Belly Up stage after Onesty.
Though Flamin’ Groovies came together as teens in late-’60s San Francisco, it wasn’t to play the psychedelic music of the day but something more rooted in American blues and R&B and polished by British contemporaries like the Beatles, Stones, and Kinks. The Groovies were/are progenitors of power-pop and punk rock. On and off for nearly 50 years, the Groovies have since 2013 been on the road revisiting — and introducing a new school of fans to — the material from their early catalog, especially the one-two punch of Teenage Head (1971) and Shake Some Action (1976). As far as we’re concerned, those records tell the Groovies’ story best. Give ’em a listen and we’ll see you on Friday night at Casbah, where L.A. ladies the Pandoras and our own Loons fill the retro bill.... Best of the rest on Friday finds a TeePee Records West Coast showcase at Til-Two, which features hard-rocking Oaklanders Lecherous Gaze, plus Hot Lunch, Mirror Queen, Wild Honey, and DJ Mario Orduno at the decks between sets. On Saturday, night number two under the TeePee, you get more head-banging cavity-rattlers by Death Alley, Volcano, Ocelot, Petyr, and Mother...a heavy-metal supergroup, Black Knights Rising (ex-Dio, -Uli Jon Roth, -Sabbath), will stack ’em at Brick by Brick Friday night after Symbolic and Taz Taylor...and up at Ché Café, there’s a tasty bill filled with lo-fi locals Wolvves, Fake Tides, Bad Kids, Pueblo, and Los Shadows.
Canada band Chromeo plays the post-race Saturday show at Del Mar. The electro-funk duo is touring in support of last year’s White Women, which debuted at #11 on the Billboard charts with five hit singles of the disco-revival ilk. Bring on the dancing horses.... After that and back downtown: a little bit country and little bit rock and roll, the husband-wife Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, which often numbers in the teens, was originally known as “Soul Stew Revival,” suggesting big-band revues of the early ’70s like Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Derek Trucks, of the Grammy-winning Allman Brothers, and Susan Tedeschi are considered two of the top blues-rock guitarists in the galaxy, which is impressive when you think about what their offspring might bring to the music world. Touring in support of this year’s well-received Let Me Get By record, the Tedeschi Trucks Band takes the stage at Copley Symphony Hall on Saturday. Dave Good breaks it down in this week’s Of Note.... Else: punk-rock dream team Punk Rock Karaoke plugs in at Casbah on Saturday so you can sing along — onstage! Dryw Keltz has a chat with the punkaoke mastermind Greg Hetson (Redd Kross, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion) in this week’s “Punk dreams come true” Blurt. Local punk-n-rollers Cruz Radical and L.A. garage-pop group Johnny Madcap & the Distractions will get the room going...doom-pop duo Gloomsday and alt-folk five-piece Duping the Public split a bill at Tower Bar...while alt-pop San Diego band the Young Wild headlines sets at the Music Box after Mainland and War Girl.
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