Subtle @ the Casbah
With U-God sharing time at Belmont Park with pro snowboarders and skateboarders and bikinis, this is the best beats-'n'-flow show this week. Rich-voiced MC Doseone tested the boundaries of hip-hop with Clouddead, and here he joins with producer Jel (of Themselves) and four other live musicians for an organic exercise in left-field thumpery.
Green Milk from the Planet Orange @ Che Café
Originally deep in Japan's grindcore scene with the band No Rest for the Dead, principal members “A” and “Dead K” took another rocketship to the outer regions of psych and prog-rock with Green Milk. It's long, technically dazzling, noisy-ass instrumental music. It'll clean out your chakras the hard way.
Greyboy Allstars @ 4th & B
Hard to express just how big a deal these guys were in San Diego in the early '90s. The discussion of hip urban bands began and ended with them, as they were the city's card in the momentary poker hand of acid jazz. Karl Denson is now his own jazz titan, DJ Greyboy is still appearing on the college-radio charts and keyboardist Robert Walters is a dirty-funk maestro. Time to rekindle.
W.C. Clark @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
A regular master of blues, W.C. Clark taught people like Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan how to make the sky cry. In Austin, where he's played for more than 40 years, he's revered in the way R.L. Burnside is in Mississippi.
Broadcast and Gravenhurst @ the Casbah
The U.K.'s Broadcast has yet to make a bad album. Using samples by the armload and analog toys all over the place, the five-piece is a perfect complement to Stereolab's electronic pop-experiment collective. Gravenhurst is equally impressive, mixing folk, electronica and My Bloody Valentine-type drones for a crumbling sort of beauty.
Shout Out Louds and the
Rosebuds @ the Casbah
The Shout Out Louds are the Swedish equivalent to the Thrills, except with more romantic angst to their great harmonies. Rolling Stone added 'em to their “Next List,” and the stain on their trouser zippers after the Coachella festival was the British press' lipstick. The Rosebuds just dropped a mellow, breathtaking album on Merge Records called Birds Make Good Neighbors.
GZA, DJ Muggs, Swollen Members & I Self Divine @ Belly Up
Hell, let's make it a Wu-Tang reunion. GZA (pronounced “Gizza”) proved with his solo album, Legend of the Liquid Sword, that his rep in the Wu-Clan as the brainiest and coolest MC was warranted. DJ Muggs is the man behind Ice Cube's “Check Yo Self” and House of Pain's “Jump Around.” And Swollen Members are the gothic, creepy hip-hop ensemble.