I love when bands do residencies. I like to drag people to shows as much as possible, so this month if I say “pick a Monday this month and you’re coming to check out Family Wagon” they have to come up with 4 excuses not to listen to my demands. FW is kick starting each week at The Casbah with tons of great supporting acts each week, plus each show is only $5. What’s not to love? Their brand of southern-inspired rock is rowdy and fast-paced and their live sets match that vibe. Their song “Hard Times” became one of my favorites last year and even made 91x’s end of the year countdown. Watch out for flying locks, these boys also have some seriously bad ass hair. Here’s a quick rundown of what you can see 1, 2, 3 or 4 times this month…
1/7 Family Wagon, Hyena, and Boy King: This one’s a bit all over the map, which should make for a very cool show. Hyena is a duo of dudes pumping out electronic tracks delivered with lots of energy and lots of synth. Boy King blurs the lines of punk and rock and singer Megan Liscomb is a force to be reckoned with on stage. Her charismatic performances are just one of my favorite parts of this band.
1/14 Family Wagon, Strange Vine, Bruin, and Spirit Vine: Strange Vine is a blues-y duo from Fresno who I had the pleasure of seeing last year with Family Wagon. With just two musicians they manage to create a full, rich sound with hints of psychedelic rock. Bruin is described as “alternative chillwave” – I have no idea what this means but finding out make these types of shows extra fun. And for something completely different Spirit Vine offers ethereal female vox and 60s-style rock ‘n’ roll.
1/21 Family Wagon, Schitzophonics, Rusty Maples, and Jupiter: Jupiter and Schizophonics are both on my “need to see” list and from what I’ve heard each of their warm lo-fi, garage rock sounds will fit well with FW. Plus we’ve got Rusty Maples heading to us from Vegas and say their looking forward to playing for the “good and attractive people of San Diego.” Sounds good to me- alt-country in the same vein as Local Natives with some strong vox… SOLD.
1/28 Family Wagon, Tiny Telephones, Great White Buffalo, and Calico Kids: Tiny Telephones is an instrumental outfit heavy on synth and groovy piano sounds. Great White Buffalo is kinda the flip side of that coin with gritty indie rock – I suggest “(You Got A) Pretty Mouth” for a taste…. yummy. And the third side of that coin (yes, it’s a special three-sided coin supporting this night) Calico Kids are a folky, ensemble with sweet acoustic guitars and a mellow vibe.
There you have it- make it out one of these Mondays or rock all 4 and I’ll reward you with a massive running, jumping high twenty- where we slap ten and kick our feet together and probably someone (me) gets injured.