Music » Critics' Picks

The Growlers

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.



In Costa Mesa, California, the Growlers have a lock on the country-surf-rock-mariachi scene, and once you get past the unalloyed hipsterisms — the packaging for Gay Thoughts, its latest seven-inch release, features a dude in a sombrero puking a rainbow — the music is fun, sometimes funky, sometimes just a bracing, catchy mess. When things are going right, the Growlers will put you in mind of that exquisite moment when you first dropped the needle on the Cramps' Songs the Lord Taught Us, at its worst singer and head honcho Brooks Nielsen will make you wish psychedelic jug band music began and ended with the 13th Floor Elevators. Live, the band is just crazed enough to overcome all misgivings.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.