May 25 2011 10:08 AM

Hardcore super-group preps debut full-length, Miss Erika Davies finishes Galaxy Lakes and more local music news

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Expect to hear more from Retox during the next few months. The L.A. / San Diego hardcore super-group recently signed a deal with Ipecac Recordings, home to such bands as The Melvins and ISIS, to release a debut fulllength titled Ugly Animals. The album is set to drop in early August, with a co-release on Three One G Records. The band's planning a U.S. tour for September and may play some dates with Atari Teenage Riot, member Justin Pearson tells CityBeat.

The band started last year when Pearson and Gabe Serbian of The Locust teamed with L.A. musician Thor Dickey and Michael Crain, a former member of defunct hardcore band Festival of Dead Deer. They recorded an EP and posted it online for free download last December (it's available on iTunes, and you can listen to it at retoxrules.com), but Ugly Animals will be a more professional effort.

“It's pretty brutal hardcore, but it's definitely developed more musically,” Pearson says. “With the EP, there was little effort put into it.”

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After laboring for months, jazz singer Miss Erika Davies is ready to drop her full-length debut, Galaxy Lakes. “During mixing / mastering, I had listened to it so much that I couldn't hear or play those songs for a while after I was finished recording them,” she says via email. “Now, listening to the finished album, I think it turned out pretty dang beautiful.” She hasn't set a release date yet, but she'll have an album-listening party at El Take It Easy in North Park on June 15.

Indie-rockers Mrs. Magician have built such a rabid local following that their manager, Eric Howarth, has decided to release a limited pressing of their debut album, Pity Party Animal, via his label, Hi-Speed Soul Records. The album will come out on colored vinyl and digital download on Tuesday, June 28. Howarth says he's shopping the record to different labels and hopes to put out a full release in all formats in the fall.

Chula Vista rockers Useless Rhetoric will perform at the latest installment of the “Play It Forward” benefit series at Ruby Room on Thursday, May 27. Proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Shapes of Future Frames, Sour Soul and A Scribe Amidst the Lions will also perform, and DJ Gonzo will spin tunes.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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