Barnaby Monk

Barnaby Monk pens the weekly column Club Crawler, the go-to guide for live music in the greater San Diego area.

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Dollys, Devils, Dave and Phil

Plus Patti Smith and four more von Trapp singers

Thursday 29Pop-punk trio the Dollyrots are one of the few things we have to thank George W. for. It was Bush’s election in 2000 that prompted high school sweethearts Kelly Ogden (bass, vocals) and Luis ...

Superbowl Sunday 0, Anti-Monday 3

...and a bit of L.A. Witchcraft at the Hideout this week

Sunday 1Super Bowl Sunday. That is all. Monday 2Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags Pleasure Fix, the Slashes, and the Bassics for indie-eclectic sets this week. Meet South Bay band the Bassics in this week’s “Imperial Bassics” ...

Cult of Youth and the Devil Makes Three

...and the rest of the highlights from Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 25You probably know that the Russian Circles show at the Soda is sold out...but maybe your crying eyes missed that Boots Riley and the Coup will be at Casbah, rapping their agenda-rap while hip-hopping ...

Jukebox jazz, subway Hooch, king of the Beat

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

Thursday 22From Long Island, interwebs sensation Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox plug in at House of Blues. Bradlee’s a piano man and composer versed in jazz, the ragtime kind, which he uses to infuse ...

The come-up man and the mariachi punk band

Plus Ice Cube, Calabrese, Guster, and follow the bouncing Madball

Sunday 18From Philadelphia, the alt-hop and “blues slop” band G Love & Special Sauce will pour it all over House of Blues after their Brushfire labelmate, the Huntington Beach–based singer/songwriter Matt Costa. G Love’s got ...

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, still

Couple of old-school punk shows and locals-only big gigs

Thursday 15You will croak, you little clown, when you mess with President Brown! Funny how things come around. Where were you the first time you heard “California Über Alles”? Let’s share. I was sitting in ...

California X is Dinosaur country

Plus all-star jams at the Office, the Hideout, and Seven Grand

Sunday 11The fifth-best band out of Minneapolis, the Jayhawks, land at Belly Up Sunday night. Since the reissue of stellar three-record set Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music this past summer, the ’Hawks ...

Psych rap, hardcore, honky tonk, Olivelawn — yes, Olivelawn

2015 hits its stride in the San Diego clubs

Thursday 8If the people’s hip-hop duo Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) is a march on the Mall in DC, then Hail Mary Mallon, featuring indie-rap duo Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, is a ...

There are midnight lips to kiss

Camper, Cracker, Mrs. Magician, and the rest of Monk's crunks for New Year's week

Sunday 28From Los Angeles, “dirty reggae” act the Aggrolites (“1960s soul music, funk, and skinhead reggae”) skank into Belly Up Sunday night. The Aggrolites’ 2006 self-titled Hellcat Records release is an essential set to get ...

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