Grammy-winning, gold-record-selling Americana artist Lucinda Williams is out to tout her 12th studio set, The Ghosts of Highway 20. Paste magazine calls Williams “the patron saint of busted love and broken dreams” and praises Highway 20 as a “triumphant road reflection” of 63 years hard lived. Ms. Williams graces the stage at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on Sunday and Monday nights, though Sunday night’s set is already sold out, so get on the stick if you want to catch her Monday-night show. Gritty indie-folkie (and former New York Doll) Aaron Lee Tasjan will open both nights.... Around town Sunday night: from New Orleans, soul-funk four-piece the Nth Power plays Casbah behind last year’s Live to Be Free album. Reno’s “high desert soul” Sextones open that show...while Victorville punk-rockers Born Rivals set up at Soda Bar after likeminded locals Ash Williams and Castoff.
Lucinda. Belly Up. Get on the stick.... Other Monday mentionables’d be Swedish death-metal band Entombed A.D., which has a hyped (for going “full Motörhead”) sophomore set called Dead Dawn. They stack ’em at Brick by Brick after Full of Hell, Turbid North, and Poison Headache...while “galactic pop star” Captain Auzmo (“Saving the galaxy with rock ’n’ roll”) joins Garden Echo and Cochinas Locas on an Anti-Monday bill at Casbah.
Matthew and Lucy Ray’s music and performance project Many a Moon sets on the Soda Bar stage Tuesday night. The siblings’ show “runs you into a new dimension through a sound and visual experience. A journey of the senses, a dance that tickles the mind,” if you're into that. Star Jungle and Twin Fins set that up...while members of decades of San Diego rock bands, including the Mice, Spazboy, Billyclub, Dogmatic, Zombie Barbie etc., come together in a “hotpot of rock and roll” called Jovi & the Issues. They take the Casbah stage after loud-ass locals Hocus and nerd-rock trio Kitty Plague.
Thank You Scientist is not your dad’s prog rock. These Jersey boys fuse jazz, metal, prog rock, and classical in a “deep and purpose-driven musical frenzy of off-tempo changes and unpredictable meters,” according to Reader rock writer Dave Good in this week’s issue. Thank You Scientist is on the road in support of this year’s Stranger Heads Prevail and will set up their sonic lab at Casbah on Wednesday night. NYC’s “progressive sci-fi Middle Eastern fusion” power trio Consider the Source headlines.... Otherwise: punky adrenaline junkies Wanted Noise splits a Soda Bar bill with Bearwulf...while Fake Tides and Beach Goons play your RDA of surf-punk at UCSD’s campus clubhouse Ché Café.