Dave Smalley and his Beantown punk band Down By Law set up at Soda Bar after Pulley, Skipjack, and Hurricane Kate blow through the Normal Heights nightspot. Smalley had a chat with the Reader’s Dryw Keltz in this week’s “Punk-rock Patriots” Blurt. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and Smalley’s a diehard Pats fan — can you guess where that conversation ended up?.... Your team (the Atlanta Falcons) lose? Yeah, well, Til-Two is hosting a six-hour cavity rattler with several strains of heavy metals to douse your blues, including Copenhagen-based death-metal heads Phrenelith, SanFran punk-metal band Necrot, as well as occult-metal Cali crews Impure Consecration, Skeletal Remains, and Morfin.
Kurt Heasley’s shoegaze-y indie-rock band Lilys has had 72 musicians since forming in 1988. Heasley, for our convenience, has broken down his band's oeuvre into three epochs: the DC days of My Bloody Valentine–style songs; his years in Boston when he went all British Invasion and actually played hit UK TV show Top of the Pops; and his latest from his life in Philadelphia, where Heasley revisits his dream-pop roots and re-releases 1994 high-water mark Eccsame the Photon Band. Lilys takes the stage at Soda Bar after Dead Heaven, featuring guitarist/singer Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand and Travis Trevisan of San Diego faves Tape Deck Mountain.... Miss the door at the Soda, Seattle stoner-metal band Witch Ripper hits the Tower Bar after likeminded locals Old Man Wizard and Cryptic Languages...while Casbah stages Drew Andrews’s five-piece “postmodern electronic pop” band Bit Maps with Subtropics and Night Lapse.
Seven-piece touring and recording unit the Revivalists includes sax, pedal steel, piano, with the usual guitar-bass-drums backbone and, according to Reader writer Dave Good, “is bursting at the seams with musical ideas, from reggae beats to Al Green funk to anthemic U2-like stuff.” The Revivalists are touring in support of their chart-topper, Men Amongst Mountains, and will split a bill with L.A.-based indie folkies Magic Giant at Belly Up on Tuesday. Read the rest of Dave’s write-up in this week’s Of Note.... Also upthataway, Muna and Lo Moon split an electropop bill at the Loft at UCSD...while uptown, Irata, Freedom Hawk, Lord Howler, and Nebula Drag fill a hard-rock bill at the Soda Bar.
The Nots hit the Hideout Wednesday night. The Memphis garage-punk band is touring in support of their last Goner release, Cosmetic, which finds the four ladies “moving beyond minute-long blasts of hooky punk and experimenting with new textures and art-damaged noise...songs dripping in sarcasm and spite,” according to Pitchfork. The tastemakers dropped a respectable 7.8 grade on the sophomore release and drew lines from Gang of Four to Sleater-Kinney — good company.... Best of the rest Wednesday night finds French post-metal band Alcest headlining sets by the Body and Creepers at Brick by Brick...synthpop Canada band Austra plays Casbah behind this year’s well-received Future Politics release after the Range and Warsaw...“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” rapper/producer Juicy J’s at the House of Blues behind this year’s Rubba Band Business...while Chicago-based indie artist Tim Kinsella (Owls, Cap’n Jazz, Friend/Enemy) and his other other other band, Joan of Arc, plays Ché Café in La Jolla.