Sid Vicious might have been a good stunt double and looked more the part of a surly punk rocker, but Glen Matlock did more of the musical heavy lifting as bassist of The Sex Pistols. After coming up with much of the Pistols’ music, he went on to write some good songs in Rich Kids, his power-pop band with Midge Ure. He’s continued with other variously engaging projects, including The Spectres, The Philistines and the local all-star group The International Swingers, and has had stints with Iggy Pop, The Damned and even The Faces. Matlock’s latest release, Good to Go, ranges from energetic pub rock and lightweight rockabilly affectations to credible power pop and competent blues rock that’s unfortunately marred by a profusion of lyrical clichés that keep the songs from ever really meaning it, man.
Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach; Sat., June 15, 8 p.m.; $25. (562) 434-8292, http://www.alexsbar.com.