Monday, April 20, 2009

It List: Monday

Mike Watt & The Missingmen/Lions/The Golden Boys (The Granada): Having seen Watt in a couple of different situations, I definitely think he's at his best overpowering everyone in a supporting role, as opposed to leading a group. That being said, it's still highly enjoyable to watch and listen to one of the most famously unpretentious personalities in the music industry. He's touring for the third installment in a trilogy of punk rock operas, and I'm definitely interested in hearing what West Coast, avant punk, Tom Watson will add to this particular trio's sound. Watson has played with everyone from Slovenly to Overpass to The Red Krayola, and I think he's one of the most underrated and underappreciated guitarists of all time. His skillfully crooked playing on the Wire and Television covers featured on the Missingmen's page only further reinforces this long-held opinion.

Paul Mooney/AwkQuarius (The Lodge...yeah, I know): Well, this is at a "gentleman's club," which I'm not crazy about, but strip clubs have traditionally featured comedians, and Paul Mooney is definitely someone that's worth a little trouble. Aggressively confronting uncomfortable issues of race head on, he tends to make comedians look downright shy when tackling similar material. One of my favorite all-time bits was his take on Tom Cruise being the "Last Samurai." So obvious and so hilarious. Pikahsso and Tahiti's most recent project, AwkQuarius will be opening.

Paul Slavens (Dan's Silver Leaf): I enjoyed Slavens' campy yet dizzying performance in the Chameleon Chamber Group at Good Records this past weekend. Watching the remarkable number of children who were completely enthralled was just as entertaining.

Cool Out (The Cavern)


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