By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
Also playing Friday:
TIGER ARMY, CIVET at Grove of Anaheim; THE BLASTERS, LEE ROCKER at the Fairplex, Pomona, 3 p.m.; DEADBOLT, CALAVERA at Alex’s Bar; 13th HOLE at the Whisky, 9:30 p.m., and at Fais Do-Do, 11 p.m.; UGLY DUCKLING at Knitting Factory; MOLINO, SUKI EWERS at Pehrspace; THE SHAKES, THE MOON UPSTAIRS at Redwood Bar & Grill; 45 GRAVE, FRANKENSTEIN at Sam’s at the Regent; LOS TRENDY at the Scene; ANAVAN, CAPTAIN AHAB at the Smell.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
Kaki King has come a long way in five years, but musically she started at the top. Back then, she was a wee thing, alone onstage, her left hand draped over her acoustic guitar, tapping out complex methedrine licks on the neck. She was (and remains) a thrilling guitarist. Still diminutive, she’s since gone electric, got herself a band, sings in a sweet plaintive voice, composes for film and has earned a dedicated fan base. One of them turned out be John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, he of stark voice and angular smart-rock, whose songs she likewise had developed a deep liking for — though initially neither knew until he left a message for her with a sharpie on the wall of a Portland club’s dressing room. They’ve since collaborated on the EP Black Pear Tree, from which, for instance, “Thank You Mario but Our Princess Is In Another Castle,” features him on piano, her on drums and glockenspiel, and both supplying vocals and as much charming musicality as you’ll hear these days. Also Sun. (Michael Simmons)
As if the recent loss of Earl Palmer wasn’t bad enough, now we must bid farewell to the crucial guitar innovator Jerry Cole. He was a high-powered upstart who quickly found a place in Los Angeles’ fabled studio ensemble Wrecking Crew, and his artfully aggressive fretwork enhanced a slew of classic records (by everyone from Sinatra to B.B. King to Gene Vincent to the Byrds). Cole’s own wild output — characterized by such wild late-’60s platters as Astro Sounds From Beyond the Year 2000 and The Inner Sounds of the Id — ranked as some of the most brutally beguiling exercises in six-string excess ever. This stellar memorial matinee should deliver an appropriately disparate — and dizzying — spectrum of pop styles, with a rare appearance by New Mexico’s pounding proto-surf instro architects the Fireballs; Cole’s Wrecking Crew compadres Hal Blaine and Don Randi; the ultimate teen idol, Tommy Sands; bongo kingpin Preston Epps; and rockabilly beast Glenn Glen (to name but a very few). From noon to 4:30 p.m. (Jonny Whiteside)
Long Beach hellions Civet have already come a long way since their early releases on the Disaster label a few years ago. Now signed to Hellcat Records, they sound even harder and heavier on their latest CD, Hell Hath No Fury. Tracks like “All I Want” and “Pay Up” approach hardcore tempos, but they’re balanced by catchy hooks. That’s not to say that lead singer Liza Graves is some meek pop kitten; instead, she snarls and growls her way through such stomping songs as “Son of a Bitch” with a terminally caustic delivery. The band’s rhythm section — drummer Danni Harrowyn and bassist Jacqui Valentine — are much tighter now, with additional pummeling and brainwashing white noise supplied by Suzi Homewrecker’s fiercely churning guitars. Simple-minded lyrics (which are generally about romantic revenge) are still Civet’s major drawback; perhaps it’s just as well that Graves’ and Homewrecker’s galloping guitars drown out the rampant clichés in songs like “Alibis” and the title track. Civet hit the main stage tonight around 7 p.m., buried implausibly near the bottom of a mostly rockabilly lineup that kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Also at Grove of Anaheim, Fri.; and Sam’s at the Regent, Thurs. (Falling James)
Also playing Saturday:
FLOGGING MOLLY, ANTI-FLAG at Hollywood Palladium; LADY DOTTIE & THE DIAMONDS at Alex’s Bar; UGLY DUCKLING at Blue Cafe; GITANE DEMONE at Boardner’s; STAN RIDGWAY at Brixton South Bay; HORNY TOAD, VIERNES 13 at the Good Hurt; POWDER at the Key Club; JANIVA MAGNESS at McCabe’s; THE GEARS, PRIMA DONNA at Mr. T’s Bowl; DEADBOLT, SPEEDBUGGY, DEEP EYNDE, NAKED TWISTER at Redwood Bar & Grill; BILLY VERA at Rusty’s Surf Ranch; MONOLATORS at Spaceland; JOE BAIZA at Taix; SKY SAXON & THE SEEDS, LOVE ME NOTS, GUILTY HEARTS at Self Help Graphics, 6 p.m.; CECI BASTIDA at La Mano Press, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
ZZ TOP, FOO FIGHTERS, THE TUBES at Fairplex, Pomona, 11 a.m.; STAN RIDGWAY, ROB ZABRECKY at House of Blues; MICHAEL OCHS at McCabe’s, 7 p.m.; NEIL HAMBURGER at Spaceland; KAKI KING, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS at the Troubadour; BILL MILLER at Freakbeat Records, 2 p.m.; GEORGE TOMSCO & THE FIREBALLS, PAUL JOHNSON at Suzy’s Bar & Grill; CARLOS GUITARLOS at Liquid Kitty.