Stream the Crawler podcast for August 14-20! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
Club Crawler as Gatling Gun of Fun — and this weekend is loaded! Tiki Oasis kicks off Thursday night at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island, a sort of meet-and-greet of Tiki freaks from around the globe: musicians, artists, surf and car enthusiasts — cocktail nation! Then, Friday through Sunday the festivities can be found poolside at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley. The list of bands is intoxicating: the Standells, Love Revisited, Loons, El Vez, Preston Epps, the Unclaimed, plus tons more. For tix and deets, “dig that crazy scene” at their website.... Around town Thursday night you’ve got indie BBQ bands Woods, Skygreen Leopards, and Little Wings fluttering through Casbah in advance of their daylong psych-folk fest up at Pappy & Harriet’s, as the annual Woodsist caravan comes to Pioneertown Saturday night...Brazilian hardcore hits town, as punk trio Lo-Fi takes down the Shakedown with their tourmates, the grungy quartet Water Rats...Wizards of ahhhs, the Black Kids, an indie-pop five-piece from Jacksonville, Florida, will play Soda Bar after “aquawave” DC trio Misun and our own Idyll Wild...Death Eyes and Bumbklaat split a loud ’n’ local punk-rock bill at Bar Pink...while northa town, you’ve got Inglewood’s Peas & Carrots proprietor and mixtape MC Casey Veggies on the mic at UCSD’s hip-hop club Porter’s Pub...House of Pain’s bluesman-rapper Everlast (aka Whitey Ford, aka Erik Schrody) is at Belly Up with that “high-class white trash” from Vegas, hip-hoppin’ punk Big B...prog-rock’s Missing Person Terry Bozio shows up at Ramona Mainstage for a night behind his super-sized kit...and hard-rocking English act Deep Purple is in the deep woods up at Harrah’s in Valley Center.
Friday kicks off a weekend of Save the Ché shows that’ll incude Ash Williams, Plastic City Pariah, Western Settings, Lube, Venetae, and so many more. Hit up the Ché’s blogspot for the full boat.... Portland-based alt-rock duo Helio Sequence sets up at Casbah after Liam Finn, son of Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House. Finn’s got a new Yep-Roc record in the bins called The Nihilist, an eclectic set of “synth-twisted pop” that colors outside the lines of Dad’s Split Enz. It’s even got a track called “Wrestle with Dad.” Fans of the Finn Brothers brand would do well to check it out.... Else: from Austin, Texas, rootsabilly band the Bellfuries rock Til-Two after like-minded locals the Jive Bombers and Roy Rapid & the Rhythm Rock Trio, for a night of junk-joint jumpin’ and bumpin’...while festival faves 77 Jefferson of Kansas City, M-O bring the rocking reggae of this summer’s Let Me Know EP to Soda Bar after Jah bruddahs True Press and Irieality.
Godfathers of garage-rock the Sonics plug in at the all-ages Irenic. Starting in 1960 in Tacoma, Washington, the five-piece covered rock standards (“Louie Louie,” “Do You Love Me,” “Roll Over Beethoven”) pumped up a ton — faster, louder, screamier. It was a sign of punk to come. Three out of five original guys ain’t bad for a band more than 50 years on, making this one of those catch ’em while you can shows. San Diego’s salty fuzz-rock five-piece Mrs. Magician is getting back to gigging (three shows this week!) and will open the show, making this the gig to get to Saturday night...unless you’re at the Woodsist Festival up at Pappy & Harriet’s, or the Tiki thing in Mission Valley.... If you’re not at Woodsist or the Tiki thing and you miss the door to the Sonics, well, you’re just not paying attention. Let it go, laggard, still some fine, fun fare around town, as the O.C.’s “suburban legends,” that pop-punk party band the Maxies, will headline sets at Til-Two after Undercover Monsters, Water Rats, International Dipshit, Lo-Fi, and Idol’s Plague. As I mentioned earlier, Lo-Fi and Water Rats are touring through town from Brazil, so this one’s, whaddayacall, multicultural!...Tower Bar fills a five-dollar bill with some fine punk'd rock by Sculpins, United Defiance (Bay Area), the Evicted (Bay Area), Barking Spiders (Bay Area), Nuclear Tomorrow, and Nutstache. Show's 21 and up and starts at 9 on the nose. Did I mention only $5?...you’ve also got “Metal” Mike Saunders and his first-wave band of punks the Angry Samoans hitting Brick by Brick with our own Screamin’ Yeehaws and them drunken punkin’ idiots D.P.I...rootsicana bands Goodnight, Texas and the Bones of J.R. Jones set up at Soda Bar...and from Hollywood (the one in Florida), “surfy, punky, garage-y, gnarly” ’60s-style girl-boy band Beach Day plays the Ken Club in advance of this summer’s Native Echoes record, due to drop via Kanine next Tuesday! Philly’s Summer Bummer trio Amanda X will open the show.
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