I’ve got a funk-punk itch that can only be scratched by Guerilla Toss. The Brooklyn-via-Boston band’s label, DFA, describes their sound as “new age rage.” I’m listening now, and a-yup. So visceral, so good. And it’s 6:49 on a Sunday morning. Pitchfork observes the quintet’s talent for turning Chili Peppers–style “dude rock into heady mulch,” going on to call their concerts “wild and disorienting — a kind of punk-rock Donkey Kong soundtrack with synthesizers ping-ponging against screeching guitars, the rhythm section halting and then churning in dialog with singer Kassie Carlson’s animalistic yelps.” I can’t wait. Guerilla Toss is scorching stages all over the U.S. this month in support of Eraser Stargazer and will take the stage at Soda Bar Thursday night after local “dream punks” Post Attraction and Glen Galloway’s (Octagrape) new goo, Sumatraban, set it up. This’d be the gig to see this week.... Best of the rest Thursday night finds 35-years-strong anarcho-punk four-piece Subhumans at Brick by Brick with Kicker and Raukous...L.A. indie hits Local Natives play Observatory North Park behind their latest, Sunlit Youth, after Charlotte Day Wilson...while Black Dots, Western Settings, Vena Cava, and Gentlemen Prefer Blood fill a punk’d rock bill at Tower Bar.
Formed in 1969 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the quartet Kraftwerk is considered the pioneering band of modern electronic music and its several subgenres, including synthpop, electropop, EDM, and art rock. According to The Observer, “No other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture.” In concert with that praise, in 2014 the Grammy Academy bestowed Kraftwerk with a Lifetime Achievement Award. What to expect if you go: with a krautrock base of driving, repetitive rhythms and robotic imagery and synthesized vocals, the concert experience is otherworldly, future-now, and loads of sci-fi fun. Kraftwerk jacks in at the Balboa Theatre downtown on Friday night.... When that sells out (and it mos def. will), don’t fret it, you saved half your pay and check it out: San Diego’s hardcore supergroup Retox (Head Wound City, the Locust) sets up at Soda Bar, where they headline sets by Silent and Foreign Bodies...at the other end of the musical spectrum, but no less beguiling, Cass McCombs plays Casbah behind his new critical hit, Mangy Love. Big Search sets that up...Mexican indie-pop singer/guitarist, and winner of two Latin Grammys for her Déjenme Llorar, Carla Morrison visits the Observatory...while Vegas-based punkabilly band Delta Bombers hits the Til-Two stage after Rip Carson and the Sleepwalkers.
“I’m a professional, God damn it. I live in a car.” With his homemade gear, microphone helmet, and human cannonball suit, Bob Log III strikes a menacing pose onstage, where the one-man band proceeds to rip through slide blues and carny rock. Log always lets it all hang out at the Casbah (and will encourage you to do the same — ya been warned, ladies), and with sinister San Diego rockers Deadbolt and Toothless George setting it up, at just 12 bucks, this one’s easily your best note-per-nickel deal Saturday night.... Else: electronic-rock Canada band Crystal Castles plugs in at the Observatory behind this year’s return-to-form, Amnesty (I)...shred alert: Greek guitar god Gus G. (Ozzy) and young phenom Angel Vivaldi bring their two-axe attack “Operation Domination” tour to Brick by Brick...Long Beach–based acoustic-rock duo This Wild Life takes the all-ages stage at the Irenic on their “Low Tides” tour after Have Mercy and Crooked Teeth...while the “Detroit-born, Chicago-raised” singer “who Prince loves and you will too,” Eryn Allen Kane, sets up at Soda Bar after locals Mimi Zulu and Inspired & the Sleep.
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