On Saturday, Ty Segall plays Alex's Bar in Long Beach, headlining a bill featuring Tijuana Panthers and Okee Dokee. His hyperactive role in a slew of bands had already won him local fame, but the release of Melted seems to have woken up the rest of the musical world to what's been going on with him. The record finds Segall melding garage inspirations and rough noise hooks with the same kind of "try anything and everything once" aplomb that fellow travelers such as Jay Reatard loved to do. His newest solo album is called Live in Aisle Five, and that sounds about right.
Saturday also marks the return ofTobacco
to the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, his first after several past visits with his main groupBlack Moth Super Rainbow
. Both he and fellow BMSR main memberthe Seven Fields of Aphelion
released crackerjack solo albums last year; Tobacco's,Maniac Meat
, brought out a slew of swirling, queasy noise that was half hip-hop exploration, half arty Finnish-style psychedelia. All that and a couple of guests appearances fromBeck
as well, though in modern fashion, he and Tobacco recorded their parts separately. You never know if he might turn up here, though.
Another Saturday show hasRX Bandits
at the House of Blues in Anaheim, withFake Problems
opening. The path that the Seal Beach ska-punk heroes have taken has been a quietly remarkable one over time--maybe the best comparison point might be a band like
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. If RX Bandits haven't completely transmogrified themselves from punk to avant-garde jazz, say, its own mutation from mid-'90s horn-driven goofs to harder-edged, exploratory and often explicitly politicized meditations on the world is the kind of arc that more acts should follow. Thank goodness RX Bandits have
Alex's Bar in Long Beach for the first of their 11th Anniversary Shows, running each night for three days in a row into the weekend. Opening night kicks off with Lucero, out on the road from Memphis for yet another one of the constant tours that these guys seem to thrive on. In the meantime, local heroes Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts will also be tearing it up that night, while later in the week acts like the Humpers, Throw Rag, the Zeros and the Dragons will all be taking bows.