Burger a-Go-Go! with Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached
Burger Records, the prolific, Fullerton-based label and store, continues to release so many CDs, LPs and even cassettes (!) that this daylong festival can barely contain the numerous garage, punk, indie and power-pop bands on its roster. The bill is headlined by Best Coast, with their summer-centric, effusively sunny pop songs, and the contrastingly shadowy, black-shrouded reveries of Dum Dum Girls. Highlights range from the ’60s girl-group yearning of Shannon & the Clams and the colorfully slinky, new-wave explorations of Raw Geronimo to the hazily ethereal melodies of Colleen Green and the lo-fi pop Valentines sweetly cooed by Summer Twins. Local punk-pop trio The Muffs balance their crushing waves of fuzz chords with Kim Shattuck’s Beatles-esque melodies and sardonic, Ray Davies–style lyrics on Whoop Dee Doo
, their first album in a decade. —Falling James
The Psycho Sisters
McCABE’S GUITAR SHOP
Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson virtually grew up in public with their first bands, The Cowsills and The Bangles, respectively. But when they put their heads together as The Psycho Sisters, they reveal much more rocking and countrified range than they usually get to demonstrate in their better-known pop groups. The pair has been playing together since the early ’90s in such New Orleans combos as The Continental Drifters and The Psycho Sisters. As musical (if not literal) sisters, Cowsill and Peterson have only put out a rare single or two in all this time, but they’ve finally released their debut full-length album, Up on the Chair, Beatrice.
The album moves from such unusual tunes as “Heather Says,” which stitches together the duo’s haunting, baroque-pop harmonies with lyrical violins, to older favorites such as the evocatively rustic “Timberline.” —Falling James
Sunday, August 3
Cambodian Music Festival
Cambodian culture continues to flourish despite the genocidal campaign by the Khmer Rouge government against its own people in the 1970s. That dark era overshadowed a long, rich tradition of music and dance in the Southeast Asian country, and this afternoon’s festival reveals some of the vibrant variety of styles currently emerging from Cambodia. The lineup ranges from traditional-minded groups to more adventurous rock explorers, including Bochan, Indradevi, Khmer Kid, Laura Mam and The Cambodian Space Project. Headliners Dengue Fever are a fascinating collision of cultures: Lead singer Chhom Nimol is influenced by Cambodian pop from the 1960s, but when her birdlike melodies are combined with the alt-rock styles of guitarist Zac Holtzman (ex-Dieselhed) and his organist brother, Ethan Holtzman, the effect is madly enchanting and distinctly unusual. —Falling James
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