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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Jimmy Whispers, Fitz' Tantrums, Savages

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

Thursday 28Bujwah Strangers stages Chicago’s bedroom balladeer, Jimmy Whispers, at the Hideout Thursday night. “Who is Jimmy Whispers?” you ask. Only “the greatest bedroom popper...in the tri-state area.” Says so right at the beginning of ...

Durans, Weezer, Claypool Lennon Delirium

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

Sunday 31The Australian blues guitarist/singer C.W. Stoneking sets up at Soda Bar Sunday night. He’s an award-winning stringman and performer practiced in the art of vaudeville blues — an old-school entertainer with a gift for ...

Autolux and Boris vs. Blink and the Cold War Kids

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

Thursday 21L.A. alt-rock threeway Autolux takes the all-ages stage at the Irenic. After giving this year’s Pussy’s Dead a couple of jogs and a dog walk, I can tell you that the most human thing ...

Jayhawks, Big Business, Escort

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

Sunday 24With a little help from their friends in R.E.M., Gary Louris and this year’s Jayhawks, which is one of the original versions of the Jayhawks (1995–2000), dropped the stylistically sprawling Paging Mr. Proust, an ...

Deerhoof, Screeching Weasel, Boss Hog

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

Thursday 14Casbah serves up avant-delicacy Deerhoof on Thursday. The SanFran experimental band will headline sets by Skating Polly and Weird Night (and if you know anything about Deerhoof, “weird night” is right, but in a ...

Dickies and Queers, Yoni and Geti

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

Sunday 17The Dickies and Queers split a fun-punk bill at Casbah on Sunday night. The Dickies’ “bubblegum punk” stylings reimagine popular tunes such as the “Banana Splits (Tra La La Song),” “Nights in White Satin,” ...

Big Bloom, Big Sandy, getting bigger White Lung

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

Thursday 7The next wave of up-and-coming San Diego bands will be well-represented at Casbah as salty garage-punk quartet Big Bloom headlines sets by Splavender (“indie surf”) and Bad Vibes (“psychedelic swamp rock”), to fill a ...

All-stars, rock stars, and not just another band out of Boston

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

Sunday 10From Smalltown, Louisiana comes a talented singer/songwriter called Kyle Craft, a guy whose first record was a Bowie greatest-hits collection from Kmart that formed his aesthetic. In spades! I also get a strong Dan ...

Mudcrutch, Schizos, and Conchords

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

Thursday 30Wouldn’t it be nice if Beach Boy Brian Wilson performed Pet Sounds at the fairgrounds Thursday night? God only knows. I have every faith that Wilson and his crack band could do the collection ...

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