San Diego Club Crawler

Kiss my axe

It's classic-rock radio week, with Kiss, Def Leppard, and the Nuge

Sunday 6The Big Gig this week’d be the classic-rock radio “Heroes 2014” tour, featuring the not-so-heavy metal Def Leppard and glam-metal band Kiss, down at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chulo Veesta. Yes, it’s the ...

Ronnie, Rusty, Nipsey, and Ringo

...and where to rock your Fourth o' July barbecue bib

Thursday 3Beyond the beehive, the ex-Ronnette/ex-Mrs. Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector (“Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain”), is enjoying a ride on the retro gravy train, rocking a haystack hairdo and touring behind her new ...

Skate-rat rappers, Southern Culture chicken chuckers — a Bujwah Bonanza!

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 19When L.A. underground cult rapper Murs signed to TechN9ne’s Strange Music, it seemed inevitable he’d collaborate with the label’s Miami-based house band ¡Mayday! for a West-meets-East coast rap record. It was. He did. It’s ...

Portlandian punks, Tweak Bird brothers, World Cup Suckers

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 22The U.S. men’s soccer team plays Portugal at 3p on the big screen at Whistle Stop Sunday. As I type this we’re still a few days away from their opener against Ghana’s Black Stars, ...

Cramps in les catacombs, two cows in the garage

Ohio's representing in town this month, and lots more...

Thursday 12From Bordeaux, France, pushing needles into the red with cracking guitars, electro-rock garage-punks the Magnetix (Looch Vibrato on guitar, Aggy Sonora on drums) bring what they dub “rock monster” to Bar Pink. The pair ...

Failure, Daddy-o!

...and the best of the rest around town Sunday through Wednesday, June 15–18

Sunday 15Happy Father’s Day, daddy-o's. You got a bunch of funyuns to choose from: L.A. alt-rock act Failure (“During their seven-year tenure in the ’90s, they recorded with Steve Albini, toured with Tool, and covered ...

King Buzzo's acoustic machine kills artists

Plus Wild bands, Blood Brothers, and blown-cone goth Babies

Sunday 8It’s “wild” night in Normal Heights, as Soda Bar stages Wild Ones with Idyll Wild. Wild Ones is a five-piece dream-pop band from Portland in Oregon. Idyll Wild are “a band of ghosts from ...

Lost and found in Detroit

Plus dance jams, rebel rock, a record swap, and one hard-headed woman

Thursday 5After years of anonymity, toiling in Detroit as a day laborer, singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who had released two LPs in the early ’70s (Cold Fact, Coming from Reality) and then was rumored to have ...

A.J., Allah-Las, accordion punk, Tune-Yards

...push play on the pod for music clips of Monk's gig picks

Sunday 1San Diego son A.J. Croce has been touring in support of this year’s well-received smorgasbord of songcraft Twelve Tales. Easy to understand why all the different flavors (jazz, folk-pop, blues, and rootsy rock), as ...

Mountaintops, Meatmen, karaoke, air guitar

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 29Canadian communal rocker Stephen McBean (Black Mountain, Grim Tower, Godspeed!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Tra La La Band, etc. etc.) just dropped a new Pink Mountaintops disc called Get Back, which sounds like the ...

Protomartyr's Under Color, Bowie's Undercover

...and the Eagulls have landed

Sunday 25Sunday’s in play if you’ve got a three-day weekend. And if you do, have I got a show for you: out to tout my early pick for 2014’s record of the year, Under Color ...

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