[Neon Reverb 2017]

Which of Neon Reverb’s touring acts best suit your tastes?

Le Butcherettes
Annie Zaleski

IF YOU LIKE … Courtney Barnett, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Regrettes (Saturday, 8 p.m., Inside Style Warehouse) On its major-label debut, Feel Your Feelings, Fool!, this LA quartet—fronted by sassy, take-no-guff vocalist Lydia Night—puts a punkish spin on garage-rock and the girl-group era. Spin: “A Living Human Girl.”

Le Butcherettes (Saturday, 1 a.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) Pigeonhole them at your own peril. Led by commanding vocalist Teri Gender Bender, this Mexican band favors scuffed-up garage-punk with wicked synth accents and snarling attitude. Spin: “Henry Don’t Got Love.”

Death Valley Girls (Friday, 9:45 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) If Sonic Youth kept going down the goth-punk B-movie soundtrack route, it might have sounded something like this LA band, steeped in hell-on-wheels garage-rock. Spin: “Electric High.”


IF YOU LIKE … Black Mountain, The Black Angels

JJUUJJUU (Friday, 8:15 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards) These Temples tourmates create droning, boulder-smashing Krautrock. Keep your eyes peeled for the group’s forthcoming first LP, Zionic Mud. Spin: “Ancient’s Future.”

Night Beats (Friday, 10:30 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards) The Seattle band’s’ 2016 LP, Who Sold My Generation—a blues/garage/R&B record creased with psychedelic grooves—plays like a well-loved treasure rescued from a bargain bin. Spin: “Celebration #1.”

Froth (Friday, 9 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards) The LA quartet hails from the Brian Jonestown Massacre school of psychedelia, swirling tornadic shoegaze and angular post-punk textures. Spin: “On My Chest.”

IF YOU LIKE … Jack White, The Kills

Deap Vally (Friday, 9:45 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards) A commanding, fiercely feminist force of nature, combining Lindsey Troy’s commanding vocals and distorted blues riffs and Julie Edwards’ monstrous drumming. Spin: “Smile More.”

The Soft White Sixties (Friday, 12:45 a.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) This California quintet exists in the Venn-diagram overlap of Queens of the Stone Age’s ’70s stoner-sleaze and The Black Keys’ gritty garage-rock. Spin: “Queen of the Press Club.”

Jay Som

IF YOU LIKE … Prince, J Dilla

Peanut Butter Wolf (Friday, midnight, Beauty Bar) The Stones Throw Records leader is a well-respected DJ whose soul, hip-hop and electronic-leaning sets reflect his passion for global crate digging.

DJ Jonathan Toubin (Sunday, 10 p.m., Oddfellows) Save some energy—and your best dance moves—for this fest-capping set, which should feature the crème de la crème of soul, jazz and R&B.

Wheelchair Sports Camp (Friday, 10 p.m., Beauty Bar) The Denver-based troupe returns to Reverb to serve fans a second helping of its jazz- and soul-infused, live-band hip-hop. Spin: “Mary Had a Little Band.”

IF YOU LIKE … James Blake, LCD Soundsystem

SG Lewis (Thursday, midnight, Bunkhouse Saloon; DJ set) The Liverpool, U.K., producer is signed to Disclosure’s label, a perfect fit for his soulful, gently pulsating electro-pop. Spin: “Warm.”

Sego (Saturday, 9:45 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) Miss the early-oughts heyday of DFA Records? Look no further than this LA duo, specializing in colorful, danceable synth-punk and electro pogos. Spin: “Obscene Dream.”

IF YOU LIKE … Ty Segall, Burger Records

The Velveteins (Sunday, 9:15 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) This Canadian trio specializes in hazy indie tunes with faint mod- and psych-rock flourishes. Look for the band’s debut LP, Slow Wave, sometime this year. Spin: “Don’t Yah Feel Better.”

The Shacks

SadGirl (Friday, 12:15 a.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) SadGirl hails from modern-day LA but often sounds like the house band from a ’60s beach blanket bingo movie, courtesy of its penchant for lo-fi surf-rock and vintage garage-rock. Spin: “Lie Awake.”

IF YOU LIKE … Liars, Steve Albini

Palm (Sunday, 10 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) This math-y Philly post-punk band features circuitous construction, collapsing rhythms and corrugated textures. Artsy! Spin: “Trading Basics.”

Residual Kid (Saturday, 10:15 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) The Austin trio channels Nirvana and Failure, what with its penchant for slipshod—but melodic—grunge-punk and metallic space-rock. Spin: “Scentless Princess.”

Death Hymn Number 9 (Friday, 8 p.m., Bunkhouse) Fond of old-school, gothy hardcore? Look no further than this LA horror-punk outfit, made for fans of banshee screams and the original Misfits. Spin: “Swamp Dollars.”

IF YOU LIKE … Bat for Lashes, Elliott Smith

The Shacks (Friday, 11 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) Good luck pigeonholing this watercolor-faded duo. Fronted by ethereal vocalist Shannon Wise, The Shacks encompasses everything from cotton candy-spun indie-pop to lo-fi psych-rock. Spin: “Orchids.”

Jay Som (Thursday, 10 p.m., Backstage Bar & Billiards) The up-and-coming solo artist crafts frayed ’90s indie rock tinted with Cocteau Twins-esque shoegaze shimmers and Speedy Ortiz-caliber intricacy. Spin: “Ghost.”

Richard Grewar (Saturday, 8 p.m., Bunkhouse Saloon) The one-time Las Vegan—now based in South Dakota— specializes in chiming acoustic music that stands out from the pack via well-crafted songwriting. Spin: “One City.”

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