Thee Oh Sees
One of the more prominent bands in the fertile San Francisco garage-rock scene, Thee Oh Sees touches all bases of the genre: uptempo Sonics-y janglers, slowly unfurling acid drones, miles-deep reverb. But the band also has an aggressive Captain Beefheart-like, art-rock side that adds a menacing unpredictability to its songs. Frontman John Dwyer, who's responsible for all this chaos, writes songs at a Robert Pollard pace. Carrion Crawler/The Dream, released this month on In the Red, is Thee Oh Sees' second LP of 2011, and the band's fifth in three years.
Friday, November 25, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, 785-842-1390)
Much-loved Kansas City grunge-pop act Doris Henson disbanded about five years ago, when frontman Matt Dunnehoo relocated to New York City. There, he founded Baby Teardrops, which is one of the worst band names I've ever heard. Dunnehoo's local pedigree earns him some leeway, though, so I listened to his new band, and I'm glad I did. The smart, fuzzy, occasionally angular power pop is similar in tone to A.C. Newman's songs on New Pornographers records. For this show — a vinyl-release party for Baby Teardrops' X Is for Love, out on local label Golden Sound Records — Dunnehoo plays with the Kansas City version of his band, which includes Mike Myers (In the Pines, String and Return), Duane Trower (Season to Risk, Doris Henson, Overstep) and Jeremiah James (Elevator Division, Be/Non). Olivetti Letter, a new band featuring Myers and Trower, opens.
Friday, November 25, at the Brick (1727 McGee, 816-421-1634)
Sonic Spectrum Tribute to the Clash and Joe Strummer
Raise a toast to Saint Joe Strummer/I think he might have been our only decent teacher, singer Craig Finn blurts on the Hold Steady's "Constructive Summer." I'll second that one. So will a handful of acts at the November installment of the Sonic Spectrum Tribute Series, where Strummer and his former band, the Clash, are the evening's honorees. On the bill: oi! band the Uncouth; power-pop act Deco Auto; Jason Beers, playing with Betse Ellis of Wilders fame; and a vague collaboration with Steve Tulipana, Mike Alexander and DJ Just. These Sunday shows at RecordBar start early, so being home by midnight is guaranteed in the event you work a real-person job.
Sunday, November 27, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
What is the opposite of polishing a turd? Would it be just lazily shitting all over something everyone likes? I ask because I'm trying to think of a way to describe the 2008 moist fart "All Summer Long," in which Kid Rock mashed together Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," added a couple of trite verses about the good old days, and then passed back out in the cabin of his yacht. Having scraped all the resin out of rap-metal and country pandering, Rock is currently huffing on classic rock, with some help from producer Rick Rubin. His latest, Born Free, features Zac Brown, Martina McBride and Bob Seger, and sounds absolutely, exactly how you imagine it sounding. Ty Stone opens for Rock's Midland appearance.
Tuesday, November 29, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)
It's been more than a year since DEA agents raided Camp Zoe, the southern Missouri property owned by Schwag founder Jimmy Tebeau. Tebeau stands accused of facilitating the widespread sale and consumption of illegal drugs at the site, the home of hippie festival Schwagstock. The legal wheels of that case are still turning, but the Schwag has carried on as a band. The Grateful Dead tribute act's Thanksgiving show at the Uptown has become something of a tradition, like the Plaza lighting ceremony for people who douse themselves in patchouli.
Thursday, November 24, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)