What’s “Becky with the good hair” got that Beyoncé doesn’t? Only Jay Z knows. That’s but a note on Beyoncé’s latest hit record, Lemonade, an R&B-flavored concept album that the current queen of pop says is about “every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.” Wasn’t she the one in the leather corset, all buttchick and thigh, in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show? Or was that Chris Martin? Either way, it’s all lost on me. This is a public service announcement, Crawler followers: the beaucoup Grammy-winning pop star’s Formation Tour comes to Qualcomm Stadium Thursday night, so fortheluvagod avoid the 8 and Mission Valley on your way uptown...where Daptone funk-n-soul revivalist Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires take the stage at Observatory North Park behind this year’s Changes, which displays Bradley at his Al Green/Otis Redding/old-school best. When I heard that the title track was a cover song, I auto-assumed it was Bowie’s ch-ch-changes, but nuh-uh, it’s Sabbath’s “Changes,” and got-damn, Mr. Bradley kills it. Brooklyn-based soul-pop four-piece Mothxr opens the show.... Else on Thursday: L.A.’s “evil Go-Gos,” Bleached, play a make-up date at Casbah behind this year’s well-received Welcome the Worms. Pop-punk tourmates No Parents will set that up...while over in Little It’ly, New Orleans funk-jam band Dumpstaphunk winds up the Music Box after L.A.’s “social music” big band C-Money & the Players.
The whistling violinist, and former Squirrel Nut Zipper, Andrew Bird lands at the Music Box Friday night behind his punctuationally challenged new record, Are You Serious. After a dozen science-heavy songcycles, the new family man has put away his college textbooks and turned out something — gasp — personal. With the help of Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, Bird makes it sing. Former Czars frontman John Grant will open the show.... Paulo Zappoli, aka Pall Jenkins of Black Heart Procession/Three Mile Pilot/Mr. Tube, will play his weird and wondrous solo stuff at Bar Pink after “gutter poet” Tom Cheshire (side note: Three Mile Pilot’s playing Casbah on Saturday, June 4. If you’re in town and you’re down, I’d order those tickets yesterday).... Best of the rest Friday night: L.A. goth girl Deb DeMure’s new “tragic wave” act Drab Majesty’s at Whistle Stop...local yokels Behind the Wagon, Ypsitucky, and the Downs Family fill a bonfire bill at Soda Bar...California country-rap(?!) duo Tex and Bird are the Moonshine Bandits, and they will take the stage at Brick by Brick after Jones County, Georgia’s favorite son, Demun “#Beast” Jones...from Hermosa Beach, SoCal punk perennials Pennywise will perform three nights at the Observatory North Park starting Friday, when they play their self-titled debut in its entirety. On Saturday Pennywise hits the Unknown Road. And on Sunday, it’s About Time...while northa town, New York hip-hopper Aesop Rock’s at Belly Up behind this year’s critical hit, The Impossible Kid...and northa there, guitar great Coco Montoya brings the blues to the rurals at Ramona Mainstage.
The trio that put San Diego on the garage-pop map way back in 1986 with their song “The Trains,” now a cult classic, the Nashville Ramblers will reunite for a night at Casbah with the Rosalyns and Diddley Daddies in support. “The thing about the Ramblers is that it is very much a living thing,” says guitarist Carl Rusk. “We never broke up”.... The Piano Man, Billy Joel, adds six baseball stadiums to his top-selling summer tour, including our own Petco Park, where he’ll play all his hits — from the homeruns (“Big Shot,” “My Life”) to the duck snorts (“We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Uptown Girl”).... Also downtown on Saturday, 20-years-on Minneapolis alt-rock act Motion City Soundtrack rolls at House of Blues behind last year’s Panic Stations...while German speed-metal sextet Primal Fear stacks ’em at Brick by Brick with Italian symphonic power-metal band Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody.
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