Stream the Crawler podcast for August 28-September 3! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!
“You can dance if you want to” Thursday night, when Belly Up hosts an ’80s dance party, featuring new-wave acts Men Without Hats (“Safety Dance”) and Betamaxx, a seven-human jukebox of all things ’80s. And at the decks between sets is San Diego’s own college-radio resurrectionist, Steve West, the Brit with the kit full of all your favorite old-school hits.... A few miles south off the 5, at the Ché Café in La Jolla, is a Soda Bar–curated show, staging Providence, Rhode Island hardcore veterans Dropdead. Bob Otis and the band, who are on a summer-long West Coast tour with Full of Hell and Noisem, rarely top a minute on a tune, making them the crust-punk poster boys for A.D.D.... Around town Thursday night: Nik Turner’s space-rock combo Hawkwind lands at Casbah behind their latest record, Space Gypsy. We’ve got a crazy clip from that called “Joker’s Song” playing on the pod this week, if you want to check out what the free-jazz “Thunder Rider” is up to these days. Witch Mountain and Hedersleben open the show...L.A. rap personality Snoop Dogg’s on the mic at Fluxx in the Gaslamp. Last year, as you probably know, “Snoop Lion” released a record called Reincarnated. But did you know that it was nominated for a Grammy — Best Reggae Album. Whaaaaat...Awesome Fest 8 kicks off in the Heights Thursday night. It runs through Sunday, and from their website I’m counting upward of 70 bands playing four bars. You do the legwork on that, as there’s too much grist for my limited list...and core Dwarves guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed (aka Pete Vietnamcheque) will take down the Shakedown with his garage-punk SanFran band.
What a night for local rock-roll, y’all! Please hit up one of the following shows, buy the band a beer, bounce around, hoot, holler, and raid the merch table — these bars and bands need you!.... Swami label greats Beehive & the Barracudas roll into Whistle Stop for a night of garage pop and “plastic soul.” According to the Stop’s website, “One of the best Whistle shows of the year!” Yup.... Miss the door in South Park, roll it up 30th to Bar Pink, where SoundDiegoLive presents retro surf-rockers Barbarian and alt-rock trio Buddy Banter. This is a welcome-home show for Buddy B, who’ve been on a monthlong Left Coast roll.... Middletown mainstay Casbah’s got Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week, featuring hot-shit locals Shake Before Us, the New Kinetics, the Stereotypes, and the Schitzophonics. Flip or click to Dave’s breakdown of the date in this week’s issue.... Up in La Jolla, Bay Area rapper E-40 has the mic at Porter’s Pub. E’s been recording and touring for going on 25 years, hitting his high-water mark with the 2006 crunk-kicker My Ghetto Report Card (“Tell Me When to Go,” “U and Dat”). It’s a fun one that crossed over and hit number one all across the Billboard charts, and it still holds water.
For you punk-rockers in Dockers, the Big Rock Show Saturday night would be Orange County acts Offspring (“Come Out and Play”), Bad Religion (“21st Century Digital Boy”), Pennywise, and the Vandals down at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Just kidding with that Dockers comment. I’m sure they’re a fine pant. Have fun.... For the rest of you: from Raleigh, North Carolina, divorced duo Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, aka the Rosebuds, are touring in support of this year’s Sand + Silence, an indie-folkie grower that Pitchfork reports, “convincingly updates the ’70s singer-songwriter mood to the 2010s. It’s part Kenny Loggins, part Steely Dan.” I can see/hear that. It’s a nice Sunday-morning jam; in fact, I’m gonna put the one I’m listening to right now (“Give Me a Reason”) on the pod. I don’t even need a reason. I own this joint. Rosebuds split a bill at Casbah with L.A.-via-Sydney artist El May. Her family name is Lara Meyerratken, which I’m pretty sure means “mouthful” in Australian. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with Luna, Crooked Fingers, and Clem Snide, which is really very good enough for me. Love all those bands. She’s also wicked photogenic (giggity).... Else: San Diego son and member of punk-rock awesomeness the Zeros, Javier Escovedo, and his new group, the City Lights, will headline sets at the Tin Can after Tomtem (Seattle) and Saint Shameless. Be sure to catch up with Javier in this week’s Mary Leary–penned Blurt “Back to innocence”...the Frights will join Grand Tarantula to play the side stage at all-ages Soma Saturday night. We had a chat with the Frights about their SDMA nomination last week in Blurt...vintage country-blues acousticat Jimmy Ruelas will rock his resonator at Seven Grand Saturday night...and there’s a couple of tribute shows around town, too, as Strangelove (Depeche Mode) and Led Zepagain hit the House of Blues...while Queen Nation (Queen) and Space Oddity (Bowie) ape their faves at Belly Up.
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