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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Five Big Rock Shows

...and 24 regular size ones, this week in music

Thursday 24“Specializing in punk solutions since 2005,” alt-rock Jersey boys Titus Andronicus are touring through town in support of this year’s 29-track, 93-minute rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy. The Reader’s Dryw Keltz had a ...

The Durans, the Kennedys, and the Van freaking Halens

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

Sunday 27Tennis System, out of Echo Park via DC, is one of L.A.’s bands ready to break, according to L.A. Weekly, for their “thick-reverb mélange of jangling guitars and ’90s shoegaze.” Sounds yummy. Take a ...

Hello, hair on the back of my neck

Johnette Napolitano comes to town, as does Mystic Braves and Destruction Unit

Thursday 10Former Concrete Blonde singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano has been leading a quiet life out in Joshua Tree with her horses, dogs, and found art, reflecting on the sorts of things that ended up in her ...

Grooves and Gravy

ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke, The Who, Wavves, and Hum all hit town this week

Sunday 13Texas trio ZZ Top and Atlanta band Blackberry Smoke bring their “Grooves and Gravy” tour to Humphreys by the Bay on Sunday. In 2004, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard were inducted into ...

The D list

Donkeys, Dam-Funk, Dickies, Ducktails, and the best of the rest in Diego this weekend

Thursday 3Local desert-rock Donkeys clop into Casbah Thursday night. Da Donks have had a busy 2015, touring in support of their fourth record of sun-baked Cali rock, Ride the Black Wave. Ken Leighton caught up ...

...and Wheezer's bringing up the rear

L.A. alt-rock act closes out the season at Del Mar on Sunday...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 6So, yeah, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is back to touring since her health scares and has sold out Belly Up Sunday night. Good on the “sadcore” sister...if you missed the tix to that, ...

Like two violins doing it

Plus Volar Records turns six, celebrates at Whistle Stop; and another San Diego Freakout at Casbah

Thursday 27So, the Melvins/Big Business gig sold out Casbah Thursday night. Go ahead, take a minute.... Okay? Okay. The power-pop singer/songwriter Thomas Walsh, aka Pugwash, is a hit in his native Ireland, where he’s flourished ...

Calliope Musicals brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight

Plus the Cure Undercover at the Office and Lee Scratch Perry goes Super Ape at Belly Up

Sunday 30From Austin, Texas, the “psychedelic party folk and disco honky-tonk” sextet Calliope Musicals head west and hit Soda Bar on Sunday. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” says of the traveling circus, “Who brings a confetti ...

Mr. Smiths comes to town

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

Thursday 20Former Smiths frontman Morrissey checks into the Observatory for two nights of pouty — and often hilarious — pop crooning Thursday and Friday nights. Morrissey is touring in support of his latest comeback, World ...

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