Hello, ever-faithful music junkies.
2010’s been a busy year over here at Rundown Headquarters; these days I seem to be more in-demand than a group of “Twilight” cast lookalikes at a high school dance. While I hold no delusions that any of you are at home twiddling your thumbs and playing “Halo” every Saturday in the absence of your weekly Sactown Rundown, I do apologize for the sporadic posts.
With all the good stuff coming up in February, you’ll be hearing from me a lot (seriously, keep your eyes on this space, it’s gonna be loco). Meanwhile, here’s a quick few places to hit the streets on a weekend dominated by persistent rain and Brett Favre.
Mike Farrell – There’s just no two ways about it, the man is a guitar God here in Sacto, and he’s got all the songwriting and performance chops to back it up. Having lent his calloused hands to Sex 66, Persephone’s Bees, Th’ Losin’ Streaks and Daisy Spot (a quartet of bands that hardly sound a damn thing alike), Farrell’s recent solo offering “Devil May Care” is a primal steam bath capable of breaking a sweat on the foreheads of both the fuzzed-up dance monkeys at the Townhouse and the blues boppers over at the Torch Club; Downtown James Brown might even find a reason to dance. Farrell recorded the record with help from Jackpot alums Mike Curry (also of Jackie Greene and Tim Bluhm’s Skinny Singers) and Lee Bob Watson, and he’ll be shredding the amps along with Hellbound Glory and Mike Blanchard and the Whispering Chingaderos. 9 p.m. Friday. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St. $7. www.theoldironsides.com.
Fruit Bats – This is one of those “hey now!” dates for a fledging venue like the Fungarden, as the all-ages venue that usually hosts up-and-comers will be playing host to (arguably) an already-there. This sonic identity crisis of a band can’t quite figure out if they’re trying to fire up a dance party or inspire some sort of cross-legged love-in, but they’ve nestled in somewhere between the Fleet Foxes at a Red Bull convention and Jack White after a long but fun night of drinking. We could just say “indie folk” here, but it’s too narrow a category for these frisky electro/acoustic guitar riffs, diet funk washouts and emotionally rip-shot songwriting. Local favorites Two Sheds join up the party (that should tell you something right there; they don’t open bills in this town). 8 p.m. Monday. 1050 K St. (Marrs Building). Cover TBA. www.myspace.com/luigislice.
BioDiesel – “Industry leader in live intelligent dance music” says their Myspace page. In addition, they’re kind of a big deal. They have many leather-bound books, and their apartment smells of rich mahogany. But you’ve got to tip your plaid fedora to a band that back up such a blatantly self-promoting statement. The tandem of Johnny Rabb and Clay Parnell are the real deal, cranking out drum & bass and electro dance beats with the best of them, and while they’re hardly an anthem for your public library, there is a controlled and refined edge to their approach; dare we say, it actually is intelligent, but no less arousing. 10 p.m. Sunday. Harlow’s, 2708 J St. $7. www.harlows.com.