72 Hours: Retribution Gospel Choir, Wanda Jackson and more lead the weekend
The weekly Pop & Hiss rundown of the weekend's most recommended shows continues. This week it's four nights and four gigs.Will there be more picks next week? Maybe. See you next Thursday.
Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss @ the Bootleg Theater. More often than not, it's a treat when old punks get all reminiscent. Battle scars are readily apparent, usually in the form of fading tattoos, and voices stained with nicotine and whiskey are usually surefire signs of a decent storyteller. Schloss has played with just about a who's who of punk rock, most notably with the Circle Jerks and Joe Strummer. But if we forgive him for whatever role he had in Strummer's "Earthquake Weather," his pairing with Throw Rag's Sean Wheeler should be worth the price of a pint. The two drop much of the rock 'n' roll scruff in favor of country-influenced barroom comfort. The Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. Tickets are $5.
Peter Wolf Crier & the Retribution Gospel Choir @ the Echo. Peter Wolf Crier deliver the kind of folksy ragged pop that seems as if it's eminating from some long lost AM radio. It's won't do you no wrong, but Retribution Gospel Choir is the reason you want to be at the Echo on Friday. With a pair of members in Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington who also do time crafting the haunting beautiful misery of Low, it's a given that Retribution Gospel Choir is going to have rock atmospherics in spades. The band's "2," due on the 26th from Sub Pop, has all the makings of a rock 'n' roll record to be treasured (given some more time with it, of course). "Hide It Away" is epic in its harmony-driven roll-out, and "Poor Man's Daughter" is spooked-out garage blues with more twists than a David Lynch nightmare. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 day of.
Tobacco @ Detroit Bar. So just how weird are you willing your Saturday night to be? Weird? Then venture down to Costa Mesa for this solo set of electronic schooling from Tobacco. He's better known (slightly) in his day job leading Black Moth Super Rainbow. On his own, the samples, loops and distorted vocals are turned into tripped-out psychedelics with the aid of computers and synths. The Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St.. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of.
Wanda Jackson & Jack White @ the El Rey Theatre. It's hard out there for a legend. Few can holler and scorch like Wanda Jackson, but it isn't always going to be heard without a good backstory. Just try and find some so-called catalog titles at your local record store/LCD TV dealer. Yet pair Jackson with the likes of a Jack White, and this is a can't miss scorcher of an evening. In advance of her Jan. 25 album "The Party Ain't Over," Jackson, White and a host of others from White's inner circle should be able to prove that a vintage rock 'n' swing never goes out of style. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. $30. The show is sold out, but secondary markets can get you in for around $100.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Retribution Gospel Choir. Credit: Cameron Wittig