David Lowery turns 50 years old on Friday, which means the man who gave us one of the finest lyrics of the '90s ("What the world needs now / is another folk singer / like I need a hole my head") is likely to be onstage tonight when the clock strikes 12 ... which means it'd be crime if Cracker didn't bust out this song:
Not that the Los Angeles stop on the annual tour featuring Lowery's two bands -- Cracker, the '90s hitmakers, and the cult favorites he fronted before that, Camper Van Beethoven -- isn't reason enough to party. "Take the Skinheads Bowling" has aged pretty well, after all.
It's the sixth year the frontman has taken his resurrected bands on a tour that culminates in this weekend's Campout at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown. (Fans are being asked to fans to dress as Native Americans for CVB's Friday night performance and Cowboys for Cracker's Saturday show.)
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Lowery is also chronicling his bands' catalog at the blog 300songs.com -- an entertaining read even if you aren't familiar with a lot of the tunes. (An idea ripe for a digital book, too.)
A double does of irreverence, tonight at the Echoplex.
Elsewhere: A couple of good bands from Long Beach (We Barbarians, Tijuana Panthers) hit the Echo, while a couple of good bands you see a lot at the Echo (Radar Brothers, the Henry Clay People) hit Long Beach to play Alex's Bar. ... Daedelus does a 7 p.m. in-store at Origami Vinyl. ... And Beak>, the project of Geoff Barrow of Portishead, performs free at 7 p.m. at Amoeba.
Also: The Sea of Cortez, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Slang Chickens at 3 Clubs; Futurebirds and Lesands at the Silverlake Lounge; Dax Riggs and Useless Keys at Spaceland; Jay Electronica at the Key Club; Rookie of the Year at the Roxy; the Justin Nokuza Band at the El Rey Theatre; Gary Allan and Jack Ingram at Gibson Amphietheatre; Early Winters at the Hotel Cafe; the "Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank" variety show at the Troubadour, with music (Princeton) and comedy (Garfunkel and Oates, Rob Corddry); Graham Forrest at Echo Curio; Curtis Peoples at the Mint; Loch & Key at the Redwood Bar; the Mo-Odds at Casey's Bar downtown after Art Walk; Last Night's Vice and Sons of the Lawless at the Viper Room; and Lukas Nelson at the Waterfront in Marina del Rey.