The 83-year-old British bluesman John Mayall was the leader of one of the more prominent ’60s blues groups, the Bluebreakers, which included in its ranks over the years a shifting lineup of musical greats, such as Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Taylor, and on and on. Now of the Order of the British Empire, Sir Mayall takes the stage at Belly Up on Sunday. Interested in going back to where it all started for the multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter and how it sounded then, hit the internet for a listen to this year’s Forty Below offering Live in 1967.... Else on Sunday: the Loons and Schizophonics join forces as Screaming Lord Stax & the Savages, a tribute to the English musician, and “3rd Earl of Harrow,” Screaming Lord Sutch. They take the Casbah stage after ’60s-style “freakbeat” five-piece the Gargoyles...while from Phoenix “four-piece art/glam/rock monster” (Paste) Fairy Bones headlines sets at Hillcrest hideaway the Merrow after tourmates Paper Foxes and our own Bosswitch.
Zombie Surf Camp, Jason Hanna & the Bullfighters, and them up-and-coming kids (ages 13–16), the Millionaire Beach Bums, fill a retro surf-rock bill at Casbah’s Anti-Monday dealio, Daddy-o...while Soda Bar stages L.A.’s New Language, an alt-rock band that boasted recruiting At the Drive-In’s beater Tony Hajjar. I guess Hajjar wrote/recorded with them but is not with the current live line-up. Stillandall, the new single, “Right Now,” rips, if a bit polished. Local indie-rock trio Takahashi (ex-aMiniature) goes first.
From Portlandia, sludge-rock quartet Red Fang takes the Casbah stage on Tuesday in support of this year’s riff-heavy Reprise release Only Ghosts, a drone-n-fuzz chugger that Blabbermouth.com says is “more accessible than anything the band’s done in the past, yet for all the flirting with conventional rock here, Red Fang raises the bar.” Torche, Whores, and Bosswitch kick off the heaviosity.... Otherwises: brother bands Radkey (garage-punk siblings Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon Radke) and glam-punk duo Fame Riot (brothers Liz Scarlett and Shazam Watkins) set up at Soda Bar after border band San Pedro El Cortez...while Warpaint puts a fresh coat of indie hits off of their new Heads Up disc on Observatory North Park. Likeminded Los Angeleno trio Goldensuns will open that show.
It’s Thanksgiving Eve, so after you make your last-minute run for a broasting pan and tiny ’mallows for the yams, hit up Belly Up, where Cash’d Out will be exhuming the Man in Black for your country-fried holiday pleasure.... Coupla dance jams around town, too, as downtempo DJ Bluetech sets up at Soda Bar...and the Booty Basement crew brings the boogaloo to Casbah.