When summer heat taps our resources, we'll keep it cool and quick, checking in on the latest goings-on of some local bands.
The creative brethren of Hate Drugs have been creating a lot of buzz (again) with the release of their latest video, “Oh Well,” last month. Written and directed by Hate Drugs vocalist/guitarist David Caploe and filmmaker Keaton Punch, the music short takes the band on a group excursion starting in a lonely junkyard to above the raging Kern River. It’s fun, cool, hip and the track is perfect addition to your summer playlist. The video is available for view at youtube.com/hatedrugs and you can download “Oh Well” at iTunes. Somebody sign these guys already. More info at facebook.com/thehatedrugs.
Fawns of Love
Dream pop duo Fawns of Love, consisting of Bakersfield husband and wife Joseph and Jennie Andreotti, is keeping cool this summer by garnering attention from the international music community. The group’s latest 7-inch single, featuring the songs “Falling” and “Standing,” has not only been hitting a number of high-profile music blogs, but the duo's music is featured in the independent film "Desierto En Tu Mente" by Spanish filmmaker Marta Grimalt Canals. Filmed in black-and-white in Super 8mm on location in California, Barcelona and Mallorca, it’s described as a “surrealist road film.” Check out the film’s gritty trailer at facebook.com/fawnsoflove.
The Secret Sauce
One of Bako’s most interesting musical outfits, The Secret Sauce has just released another one of its bizarre homemade music videos, this time for the song “Going Down To Mexico.” Filmed on location at one of Bakersfield’s countless taco truck stops with outdoor covered seating, it’s exactly what you’d expect from a band called The Secret Sauce. Opening with a brief graphic about the song’s origins, the video finds the punk ska quintet sitting for a feast of tacos and brews, before launching into a comedic air band playing story about “Going down to Mexico trying to have some fun, lookin’ for a senorita to …” well, you get the idea. You can enjoy this video and more at youtube.com/thesecretsauce — tacos and brews not included.
Local Latin rock act Velorio announced last month that the band’s upcoming new single, “Tus Labios,” has been officially submitted to the 18th annual Latin Grammys for consideration in the “Best Alternative Song” category. According to a notification by the Latin Recording Academy, the song is currently being processed the Awards Department. The single was recorded at Aum Studio in Bakersfield and co-produced by Ozomatli bassist Wil-Dog Abers. No official release date has been set for the song. Nominees for the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards awards will be announced on Sept. 20 and the show will take place in Las Vegas on Nov. 16. Good luck!
Lil Rob, Akwid, 8 p.m. Friday, La Movida, 212 E. 18th St. $30 to $80; all-ages show. 805-4053. The Chicano rap movement is still going strong thanks to one of the hip-hop sub genre’s most recognized figures: Roberto L. Flores aka Lil Rob. Made popular performing and recording in the West Coast underground gangsta rap scene, the Southern California artist has released nine albums, most of them independently, and all of them fan favorites. His last big national radio single, “Barely Getting By” from 2002, is a good-time classic of the genre alongside with Kid Frost’s “La Raza” as one of many weekend lowrider cruise night anthem. Also performing Friday is Mexican twin brother rap duo Akwid, who helped bridge the language barrier on both sides of the border, mixing traditional banda music samples and hip-hop beats. I caught their act live early in their career and the performance blew my mind, along with the crowds who didn’t know whether to do the quebradita or cholo bounce. Orale.
Shari Puorto Band, 7 p.m. Saturday, O’Henning’s, 1312 Airport Drive. Free; 21-and-over show. Southern California vocalist Shari Puorto brings her brand of modern blues rock and soul back to Oildale. A veteran of the blues festival and nightclub circuit, Puorto has also shared stages with acclaimed guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Robin Trower, Coco Montoya, Larry Carlton, Ike Turner and many more. Above the stellar resume, she’s also a friend of Bako’s loyal blues fanbase. Get a preview of Puorto’s music and more at sharipuorto.com.
The Inciters, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sandrini’s Public House, 1918 Eye St. $5, 21-and-over show. 322-8900. Here’s a blast from the past. Santa Cruz soulsters The Inciters first performed in Bakersfield on the former upstairs stage at Jerry’s Pizza back during the nineties ska revival. An 11-piece rock-‘em-sock-‘em powerhouse of horns, vocals and manic guitars, the band puts on one of California’s most exciting live shows, continuously pulling in new fans. You won’t be able to control yourself when they hit the stage, so be ready to dance. Also performing is Bakersfield classic reggae act The Capsouls. Highly recommended.