Underground hip-hop hits Casbah Sunday night, when Doomtree’s Sims splits the spits with Chicago-based mash-up Air Credits (Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck)...Swedish new wavers the Sounds (think: Blondie) set up at House of Blues Sunday night after Zipper Club and My Jerusalem...“a hybrid of Southern rock and Motown, with traces of 1970s canyon rock,” L.A.’s Valley Queen graces the stage at Soda Bar after Bad & the Ugly...northa town, East Coast emo band Sorority Noise plays UCSD’s Ché Café with Souvenirs and Never Young...while northa there, punk goes bluegrass when Steel Wheels grind into Brick 15 in Del Mar on Sunday (see this week’s Of Note for more on them)...and northa there, in Solana Beach, blues-rock phenom Jonny Lang — who sold out his Saturday show — plays the Belly Up. As of this typing, tix still available for the Sunday set.
Back to Belly Up Monday night, when former proto-punk Modern Lover Jonathan Richman, best known for his sing-song interludes in the hit comedy movie There’s Something About Mary, takes the Solana Beach stage with cohort Tommy Larkins at the traps. The duo is touring in support of their first studio record in six years, Ishkode! Ishkode!, a beat-folk affair rich with Richman’s dry wit and engaging story songs.... Else: a new project from Deadphones members Garrett Prange and Dave Mead, Exasperation, will headline sets by Buddy Banter and Hours to fill an Anti-Monday bill at Casbah...from L.A., “Cali space-rock” quartet Veers steers it into Soda Bar...while Christian indie trio Hearts Like Lions hit the Hideout.
L.A. four-piece the Shelters found a friend in fellow Angeleno Tom Petty, who gave them the keys to his home studio, produced their self-titled debut, and took them on last summer’s Mudcrutch tour. Petty even had them play on his latest record, Hypnotic Eye. As for The Shelters, Paste magazine calls it a quality blend of “California sun-dried psychedelia and foot-stomping rock.” Casbah sets up Shelters Tuesday night with likeminded locals Verigolds and Mrs. Henry.
That up-and-coming indie-folk-pop act from Austin, Wild Child, rolls into town Wednesday night. Perusing reviews of last year’s Fools, it seems to be a consensus that Wild Child’s small-club days are arena bound and their lo-fi artistry ready for some world-class engineering. Catch ’em while you can, the swelling seven-piece follows fellow Austinite Walker Lukens, whose alt-pop tenor has garnered comps to Harry Nilsson and Tom Waits, onto the Casbah stage.... More of the same up in the Heights Wednesday night, when that “six-piece folk amalgamation of SoCal wine-drinking beach-dwellers” Coral Bells headlines Soda Bar sets by Lucy Ring and Little Heroine...and the Office hosts one of its Grand Ole Office events, where rocking locals go yokel.