Devotchka plays world music with an edge. Lots of edges, actually — the burlesque frontwoman was married to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. Before you head up to Belly Up on Sunday, you can read all about the Colorado-based gypsy-rock troupe in this week’s Of Note.... Around town on Sunday: Soda Bar sets up L.A. goth-metal band Christian Death, which has been touring and recording its brand of “deathrock” since 1979. Last year they released their 16th disc, The Root of All Evilution. The Maension and Sleep Money open the show, and DJ Heather Hardcore’s at the decks between sets...Death Eyes, Cruz Radical, and the Grids punk Sunday at Whistle Stop...while the Tighten Ups, Alvino & the Dwells, and the Shenanigans fill a rock-n-soul bill at Casbah.
Red-hot indie kid Will Toledo, who calls himself Car Seat Headreast (he used to write his songs in the backseat of the family station wagon and pretended the headrests were his audience stop rolling your eyes) plays Casbah Monday night. I first read about Toledo in The New Yorker, in an internet-music success story. Toledo is prolific and shares it all. His Matador debut, Teens of Style, mines all kinds of lo-fi goodness, but just to namecheck a few, he’s girthy and wordy like Guided by Voices, melodically mischievious like Malkmus. With Octagrape and the Cardielles opening the show, this’d be the gig to see this week.... Stuff You Should Know’s award-winning podcasters Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant will entertain and educate the all-ages Irenic, seasoning facts about the world we live in with pop culture and comedy. We didn’t know they gave awards for podcasts either, but after binge-listening to several episodes (it’s been numero uno on iTunes and is downloaded an average of one million times per week), these cats are worthy. Bring the kids...unless you plan on hitting the Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band show at the Observatory afterward. The Americana artist (and one of Paste Magazine’s Top 100 Living Songwriters) is touring in support of his latest, Sermon on the Rocks. Elephant Revival up first.
The multiple-Grammy-winning South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, made famous for their part in Paul Simon’s chartbuster Graceland, takes the stage at Belly Up Tuesday night. Their latest record, Always With Us, is a tribute to the life of the group’s matriarch, Nellie Shabalala, the late wife of Mambazo leader Joseph Shabalala, a record unique for its inclusion of Zulu singers alongside the all-male troupe.... Real Estate’s guitar and voice Martin Courtney plays Casbah behind his solo debut, Many Moons, an easy-eating scoop of vanilla soft-serve indie-pop that, though not without its charm, needs more flavors. Fellow Woodsist, the L.A. singer-songer Matt Kivel, opens the show.... Else: from Brooklyn, Jerry Paper, and his “host body Lucas W. Nathan,” plays his brand of electronic psychedelia after Dougie Poole at Soda Bar...while Radio Halloran dials in groove-rock acts JB & the Movers, Juice Box, and HM3 at the Merrow.
Canadian indie hits Half Moon Run race into Casbah behind their sophomore set, Sun Leads Me On, a “cowboy rock” record that Exclaim! claims is equal parts Springsteen and Radiohead, stadium rockers and ballads. Fellow Montrealeans(?), the harp-pop act Emilie & Ogden, will set it up.... And alsos: from Austin, “future South” four-piece Bright Light Social Hour take the stage at Soda Bar after Echo Park indie-pop quintet James Supercave...Stevie Harris & the King All Soul Revue play a tribute to Stevie Wonder at the Loft at UCSD...while a little farther up the 5, Americana trio the Wood Brothers — featuring accomplished avant-garde bassist Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin & — will play Solana Beach bar Belly Up behind last year’s country-folk favorite Paradise.