Got no plans this weekend? We're here to help! From Casey
and the Tall Boys in Tustin to Wang Chung will be at the Galaxy, mewithoutYou at Chain
Reactio, Fitz and the Tantrums at the Detroit Bar and Swingin' Utters will be at the Ink-N-Iron fest in Long Beach, we've got a whole slew of local acts to witness for the weekend. For a better, more informed decision, listen to these bands after the jump.
Friday, June 11
Friday night finds a lot going on starting with Casey and the Tall Boys,
our featured Locals Only artist this week, playing at the Beach Pit BBQ
in Tustin. Fronted by Casey Filbey herself, with the three Tall Boys
playing a slew of instruments as she does, the Costa Mesa-based band has
already gained plenty of local notice for their winningly breezy take
on mid-20th century pop, rock and jazz-imagine, if you will, a world
where the Cocktail Nation types weren't almost immediately squashed by a
bunch of beefy bros just out of a series of ska moshpits.
that evening, Wang Chung plays the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana
with Olio, and Saint John and the Revelations. As with nearly everything
popular in the '80s, Wang Chung provoke a classic mixed reaction to
this day; if the weirdly galumphing pop hit “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”
seems utterly of its time, its American breakthrough “Dance Hall Days”
retains a strange elegance. The group's soundtrack to Wolfgang
Peterson's To Live and Die in LA is a surprisingly strong, moody
experiment in its best moments (a bit like the film itself).
Finally that evening, mewithoutYou play Chain Reaction in Anaheim along
with David Bazik and Rubik. While the Pennsylvania band has had a
Christian rock tag applied to it a lot over time, it's more that they're
an openly spiritual group than an opportunistic act looking to create a
prefab “well-known-band but for Christians” experience. Even if they're
not as uniquely freaky with their aesthetic as a group like the
Danielson Famile, then their open questioning about their place in the
world and creation makes them more of a thoughtful prog-tinged act than
one might recognize on first blush.
Saturday, June 12
Come Saturday, Fitz and the Tantrums
will be packing them in at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, in no small
part because their out-of-nowhere rocket to fame via a Maroon 5 opening
slot has helped rapidly spread the word. Not to mention the fact that
while it seems that any number of bands out there are claiming the '60s
soul/pop/rock mantle these days now that Sharon Jones is the new Aretha
Franklin in some corners, this six-piece wears its style pretty
well–and it doesn't hurt that Fitz himself has got a pretty good look
to go with the voice.
Also on Saturday, the Swingin' Utters bring
their own brand of happy-punk-revivalism-meets-American-roots music to
the Ink-n-Iron Festival over at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Given the
mix of hot rods, rockabilly babes and, of course, more tattoos than the
eye can take in, it's tempting to say that the Swingin' Utters, one of
our featured artists in the music section this week, will be treating it
all as a slice of heaven.