Sat., April 13, Brubaker
Blue Lamp, 9 p.m., $15
“You can take the man out of the '70s but you can't take the '70s out of the man,” says drummer Neil Franklin of new local supergroup Brubaker. Franklin and singer-songwriter Gene Smith were members of the influential '90s group Kai Kln, who've been described as playing “like Cream on 78 [revolutions-per-minute records].” More recently, they've teamed up as the bluesier Ricky and Del Connection. Brubaker brings the duo together with a pair of renowned Bay Area musicians—bassist Larry Boothroyd (Victims Family, Triclops!) and guitarist Christian Riley (Bluchunks, Walrus), who are longtime friends. Brubaker's new songs, Franklin says, are “getting back to crushing it with electric guitar.” 1400 Alhambra Boulevard.