Listen to Barnaby Monk's club and concert picks covering the week of February 6–12, 2014.
Barcelona band Delorean pulls their stainless-steel dance-rock act into Casbah Thursday night. One of Spain’s most popular underground bands, the quartet “takes cues from their native Balearic beat, Madchester house, techno, and R&B, to carve out a sunny sweet spot between the stage and the dance floor.” Not so much on this year’s Apar, a darker, more measured record that reaches back to their indie-rock roots, shelving the dance samples for piano riffage. “Apar” means “froth,” which pretty much sums up the collection’s blissed-out warmth, but nonjaworry, you will get your RDA of body rock with these guys live. UK MC Until the Ribbon Breaks opens the show, genre-hopping à la Beck from Prince to Primal Scream.... Sticky buds: out-wavving our Wavves, the garage-born Aussie fuzz-rock duo Dune Rats scurry into Soda Bar after the most-excellent L.A. psych-rawk trio Chad & the Meatbodies. If you’ve never caught the Meatbodies...dood, get on it. With like-minded locals Dinosaur Ghost opening the show, City Heights is in for some heavy weather.... Else: couple of funyuns around 30th and University for you show-hoppers (you know who you are), as Stones Throw’s retro-soul vocal duo Myron & E (think Sam & Dave raised on Blackalicious) split a bill with our own steamroller of soul-rock the Heavy Guilt at Seven Grand...or follow the Flying Burritos into Bar Pink, where Rio Peligroso will celebrate five years of curating deep-cut rock ’n’ tonk — “We’ve seen a million faces, and we’ve rocked a good portion of them.” Keep it up, guys...like the Soundgarden of Southern rock, grunge-a-billy country skrunks Whiskey Myers will hit the Griffin behind this year’s Early Morning Shakes...while Portland art-rock collective Miss Massive Snowflake drifts into Ché Café to play after acoustic exorcist and North Pole Records tourmate Scott Arbogast, aka Rainstick Cowbell. Hilarious. I want one.
“A Minor Forest Supports the Destruction of Mankind.” After a 15-year hiatus, SanFran math-rock band A Minor Forest is back on the road and will appear at Casbah with Rob Crow’s jazz-punk’d Gloomy Place. AMF is old-school San Diego, San Diego, and highly (he typed with his brows raised) recommended for fans of the Slint brand, which btfw just dropped their highly (again he typed with his brows raised) anticipated Spiderland box set.... More reunion juice, as pop-punk quartet I Wish I plays Til-Two with the Heavyweight Champions and the Llamadors.... Gypsy-jazz four-piece Fishtank Ensemble’s at Dizzy’s in P.B. This one is Dave Good’s Of Noted show, so flip or click there for more on that.
You Vinyl Junkies can get some relief at Casbah from 11a till 5p on Saturday. Eric Howarth has got some dandy DJs lined up from Tim Pyles to dudes who play with hot-shit San Diego bands Wild Wild Wets, Silent Comedy, and the Locust. Cocktail sipping and crate flipping! What else are you going to do? Go out in nature? Give me a fucking break. Then get back to Middletown after din-din, as the Schizophonics celebrate an EP CD release called Can’t Take It. The blown-cone psych-rock trio will be headlining sets by Neighbors to the North, Gloomsday, and Amerikan Bear. Grade A locals-only show right there.... Chowdah head Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, plugs in at the Irenic with last year’s well-received Warp Records release R Plus Seven. Critics who understand experimental electronic music much better than me say it’s bedrock Lopatin, but here culling retro electronics from the ’80s — not new-wave muzak, mind you, but “the bright yet cold textures of the early age of personal computing.” I’ve been listening to it as I put this week’s thing together and it’s all kinds of pleasing. I may have a taste for this shizz after all. Brooklyn-based free-jazz trio (grand piano, upright contrabass, drum kit) Dawn of Midi set up the all-ages date.... Best of the rest: SanDago drink ’n’ roll party band Midnight Eagle lands at Tower Bar after she-punk trio Poontang Clam and old-school hardcore by Ramp Locals...and Vancouver blues-punk duo Pack A.D. plays the Loft at UCSD behind this year’s toned-down (less Japandroids, more Tegan and Sara) Do Not Engage. With loud-ass locals the Frights and Requiem for Rockets, this is a rare straight-up rocker at the La Jolla school’s frou-frou jewel.
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