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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Cosmos, Okkervil, El Ten Eleven

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

Thursday 29Actors Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline made a baby, Greta Kline, aka Ingrid Superstar, aka Frankie Cosmos, a talented singer/songwriter of the NYC anti-folk variety. Lyrically charmingly verbose but musically concise, Cosmos writes poetry ...

Bunnymen, Cosmonauts, Shonen Knife, and Sia!

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

Sunday 2Formed in Liverpool in 1978 by singer/guitarist Ian McCulloch and guitarist/programmer Will Sergeant, Echo & the Bunnymen list toward the darker end of the new-wave spectrum. Their signature track, “Killing Moon,” off of 1984’s ...

Sebadoh hits Adams Ave. and Cymbals Eat Guitars

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

Sunday 25Adams Avenue will see a set by indie-rock mainstays Sebadoh on Sunday. It’s about 20 years since their lo-fi goodies Bake Sale and Harmacy came out, so I expect/hope we’ll be hearing a lot ...

Trail of Dead at Soda Bar, Keith Morris and Peter Case at Whistle Stop

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

Thursday 22Source Tags & Codes is one of those records that inflates your perception of the rock album. It’s a living, breathing thing that its creators, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of ...

Dinosaur Jr., Animal Collective, Cold War Kids

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

Sunday 18From Norway, indie-pop quintet Highasakite visits the Soda Bar Sunday night behind this year’s Camp Echo record, which Pop Matters says “would be a largely forgettable collection of mood-heavy, danceable synth-rock,” if not for ...

Guerilla Toss, Kraftwerk, Bob Log III

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

Thursday 15I’ve got a funk-punk itch that can only be scratched by Guerilla Toss. The Brooklyn-via-Boston band’s label, DFA, describes their sound as “new age rage.” I’m listening now, and a-yup. So visceral, so good. ...

Zombies, Blondie, Midnight Pine

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

Thursday 8The English psychedelic-pop group the Zombies, best known for ’60s radio hits “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” last year released the warmly received Still Got That Hunger record. ...

Spotlights shine on the Casbah stage

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

Sunday 11Brooklyn’s “sludgegaze” trio Spotlights will be the gig to see this week. Touring in support of this year’s very recommendable set of slow-core heaviosity (think Hum, Melvins, Bloody Valentines), Tidals, is the husband-wife team ...

Yes Kills La Bamba

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

Sunday 4The tastemakers at Pitchfork sum up the garage-rock duo the Kills’ fifth release, saying, “Ash & Ice is the Kills’ first album in five years and encompasses everything they’ve done before, as well as ...

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