by Jeff Milo
It'd be one thing if just Thee Oh Sees were performing at the Lager House.
This wildly industrious indie-punk-blues band comes out of San Fran with a fresh and often tangy psychedelic style, fronted by an incessant-song/sound-creator (John Dwyer), whose marking 15 years of strum-sawing out these echo-heavy, tin-can-rattle-up fuzz-pop mutations, touring through here in support of their latest, Putrifiers II (-In the Red-).
That'd be one thing - But give these locally-well-liked punk pioneers sturdy openers - with Gardens providing their hazy-howling bubblegum-pop-punting tear and Timmy's Organism's new, psyche-inclined explorations of sewage sounds. But why not make this night, Thursday September 27, at P.J.'s Lager House, extra-special and make a dual-headlining-type of night? Throw Ty Segall onto the bill, why don't ya? He's got a new album (Twins, on Drag City) coming out soon - and you can get a sample of it now, with this anthemic buzz-gurgled ballad: "Hills"
No... still not enough.
Make it a 2-day / (2-night) mini-festival: Friday September 28, set the whole thing back-up (with both nights of music scheduled to be outside in P.J.'s parking lot...) and pack in a potent line-up of notable locals ranging in rock, soul, garage-pop, blues and even some funk and flat-out noise-mayhem: Melvin Davis with the United Sounds and The Detroit Cobras join Tyvek and Natural Child, making this a bit of a blow-out. But then, why not - it's been five years since P.J. took over the joint, let's mark the occasion...
But before that goes down... Elusive, esoteric...esteemed Australian-outfit The Dirty Three are going to be rolling through town tomorrow night 9/25 - just one modest stop in what's this avant-gardist post-rock trio's first States tour in seven years. Jim White, Warren Ellis and Mick Turner, three names that'll likely be familiar to anyone invested in the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, or various other Nick-Cave-ian projects, brew an cerebral, spooky, ponderous style of ambient-psyche-crackled, drum-n'-violin-centric-, inverted-Americana - featured on their latest release (via Drag City) titled Toward The Low Sun. You might also know White and Turner for their works with Bonnie "Prince" Billy or P.J. Harvey. Ellis, meanwhile, scores hauntingly beautiful soundtracks for striking, stark, pastoral films like The Road and The Proposition. Here's a new stormy rumination from them, playing below:
They perform Tuesday night with Magik Markers at Trinosophes (the reincarnation of the Bohemian National Home).
Still not enough?
Have you heard Bad Indians yet?
Urinal Cake Records put out some vinyl copies of their early Summer E.P. Sun People. I've been intrigued with this reverb-roiled, guitar-wailed quartet ever since seeing their 2011 Blowout show (howled, railed and rocked from within the modest confines of Jean's...)
But wait... there's more!
I'm repeating myself, but - there's another San Fran-based band invested in psyche-pop aesthetics - Moon Duo will join Protomartyr's party, featuring some no-wave-charmed, noise-dashed grooves expounded upon in their forthcoming album on Sacred Bones -
Sample: Moon Duo - "Sleepwalker"
That's a busy week, man.
And that's just a fraction of the live-music activity in this city--in this week- alone.
But maybe something from the hyperbolic splay above strikes your fancy?