Plenty of pre-holiday live music options this week with Austin-based garage rock outfit Harlem at the Independent Tuesday, Oakland's trippy one-man act Psychic Handbook at Submission Wednesday and Stones Throw affiliated funk ambassador Dam-Funk at Mezzanine Thursday.
Our featured act this week, however, is Crocodiles. Born from the ashes of San Diego's noisey gem The Plot to Blow up the Eiffel Tower, the Southern California duo thoroughly impressed us (while not everyone) with their 2009 debut Summer of Hate -- seamlessly weaving together the best elements of shoegaze, throwback electro-pop and Detroit-style garage rock with blogger approved lo-fi production techniques, the packed thirty-four minute album has proven to be one of our most overplayed records in recent memory. And if their recently released single is any indication, fans have plenty more fuzzy pop goodness to look forward to on the band's long awaited James Ford produced sophomore effort Sleep Forever, due out later this summer. With the buzzed garage-pop quartet Dum Dum Girls and local psych-inspired act White Cloud rounding out the bill this one is sure to make for a solid night -- be sure to grab tickets while you still can.
As always, there are several more solid shows to choose from this week including Mission-based punks La Plebe at Bottom of the Hill Tuesday, Sacramento legends Cake at Independent Thursday and rising local favorites Wax Idols at the Strange Dogs party Friday -- be sure to consult the full showlist.