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Stories by Barnaby Monk

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 ...

A country-fried Fourth, the four-headed hip-hop monster

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

Sunday 3Back to Brick by Brick on Sunday night, when Ignite lights up the Bay Park bar after Skipjack, Eken Is Dead, and Somatic. The OC’s melodic-hardcore quintet Ignite is touring in support of this ...

A Thrill Kill Kult, a Police Club, some Cheap Girls from Michigan

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

Thursday 16Making up some dates they missed on last year’s Electric Messiah Tour, Chicago’s best electro-industrial export, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, will take the stage at Kasbah Thursday night. Groovie Mann and ...

Irenic has Bernie and The Donald, Soda's got Nothing

...while Valley View Casinorena cages the Elephant this week in San Diego shows

Sunday 19I like to leave the politickin’ up to you pros on Facebook and Twitter, but I think this looks like some informative fun for everyone at the all-ages Irenic, where they’ll stage a Trump ...

Islands with Ted Leo, Sadies with Shadowy Men

...plus Dollyrots, Ché Fest, and a Vinyl Junkies afternoon

Thursday 9L.A. pop-punk band the Dollyrots roll into Soda Bar Thursday night. The Dollys possess Joan Jett’s she-punk bratitude and a fair amount of sassy sex appeal thanks to the handsome rock-roll couple at the ...

Dylan and my dinghy

...plus Holy F!!k, Murder Junkies, the Funky Homosapien, and a band called Spruce Bringsteen

Sunday 12Electronic-rock Canada band Holy Fuck hits Casbah Sunday night. I am sifting through this year’s Congrats as I type and am pleasantly surprised to find HF’s trademark electro-punk crunk dialed down to dancey melodicism. ...

Jello, Broncho, Budos, So So Glos

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

Thursday 2Anton Newcombe and this year’s Brian Jonestown Massacre (yes, lead tambourine Joel Gion is in the current lineup) are playing a sold-out show at Belly Up Thursday night. Real suckwhammy, that. I thought I ...

Eric Bachmann, Gory Details, Freak Heat Waves

...plus X-Fest Sunday at Sleep Train and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 591X’s annual X-Fest rolls into Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on Sunday. The event’s been a San Diego staple for more than 30 years, and this year delivers recent Rock and Roll Hall ...

The Who Hits 50! hits town

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

Thursday 26My records are sorta sorted by genre, and there’s one stack I almost never reach for, a stack built on the backs of bands such as Girls Against Boys, the Rapture, and L.A.’s Moving ...

Velvet Underground Undercover, Giuda, Voivod

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

Sunday 29Often referred to as a “junk-shop glam” band, but never dismissively, the rockers-from-Rome, Giuda, are touring behind last year’s Speaks Evil, a collection that finds the five-piece borrowing from Brit-punk as well as ’70s ...

The Cure for new-wave nostalgia

...plus Thermals, the Cult, and a Mrs. Magician record-release in town this weekend

Thursday 19The socio-politicking of Filter singer Richard Patrick inspires a following that digs deeper than his 1995 hit “Hey Man Nice Shot.” “[Filter’s] new tour is branded ‘Make America Hate Again,’ a nod to a ...

Horse Lords, Little Richards, Ivan & Alyosha

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

Sunday 22From Baltimore in Maryland, the loop-heavy Horse Lords ride into Tijuana, where they’ll take the stage at Hostal Pangea after INUS (ex-Innerds) and Angel Peralta. Was advanced a copy of Horse Lords’ new record, ...

Beyoncé, Bradley, Bird, beets...

...and the Best of the Rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 12What’s “Becky with the good hair” got that Beyoncé doesn’t? Only Jay Z knows. That’s but a note on Beyoncé’s latest hit record, Lemonade, an R&B-flavored concept album that the current queen of pop ...

Hardcore Matinee, Modern English, King Gizzard

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

Sunday 15John “Swami” Reis will release his compilation of San Diego bands, Hardcore Matinee, which includes 22 tracks by 22 bands that fit his “three-fold” concept. “Not only was the record part of this idea, ...

May Day, Subways, Tortoise, Explosions

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

Sunday 1There’s some kind of May Day something-er-other going on at Til-Two on Sunday starting at noon with Batlords and the Last Years and including a buncha bands like Spacewax, Midnight Eagle, the Grids, Santa ...

The Get Down Stay Down, Gone Baby Gone, Buckfast Superbee

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

Thursday 28What’s got into Thao Nguyen? Sister’s got a bass-heavy bug and a bone to pick with just about everyone. This year’s A Man Alive is so alive, turning in the lazy indie-folkie strum-n-sung-alongs for ...

Deafheaven, Deerhunter, and a tribute to Weller

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

Thursday 21I’m told black-metal purists consider Deafheaven “hipster metal.” I don’t know any black-metal purists, but I think I get where they’re coming from. Deafheaven’s sonic blasts and scream-singing come with humanized, earthbound lyrics and ...

Bowie's band

Holy Holy comes to Music Box and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 24Longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti and his band Holy Holy (named for an old Bowie single) hit the Music Box Sunday night. Visconti had been with Bowie as producer/player since his 1969 self-titled ...

Enjoy the Coachella spoils

...plus recent Rock Hall of Famer Steve Miller, Frankie Cosmos, and the El Vez Punk Rock Revue

Thursday 14Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping...for everybody but Steve Miller, apparently, who railed at a Rock Hall of Fame press officer Friday night, just minutes after being inducted: “No, we’re not going to wrap ...

Acid Mothers, Sheer Mag, the Damned

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

Sunday 17Soda Bar stages Japanese noise-rock pioneers Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. on Sunday. Freakout guitarist Kawabata Makoto has been the only constant in the collective’s 20-year career, which this year saw ...

Operators, Peelanderz, Music Band, and Moody

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

Sunday 10Soda Bar sets up Dan Boekner’s (Wolf Parade/Divine Fits) Operators on Sunday night. Formed in 2013 with New Bomb Turks/Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown and multi-instrumentalist Devojka, the Operators last week released their debut ...

Elvis, Hunx, Vinyl Junkies

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

Thursday 7Grammy-winner, Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Famer, and memoirist (with the release last year of Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink) Elvis Costello embarks on his “Detour” this week, a string of dates in the Western states in which the ...

Melvins + Napalm Death + Melt Banana

Two nights of noggin bobbin at Casbah and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 24Casbah’s throwing a punk’d one-two punch this week, as the Middletown mainstay stages Seattle sludge rockers the Melvins on Thursday night and UK grindcore speed demons Napalm Death on Friday. These appear to be ...

Crow, Bieber, Night Beats, Bleached

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

Sunday 27“Business Interruptus,” the lead single from Rob Crow’s new album, You’re Doomed. Be Nice, could be a metaphor for the indie artist’s recent life. With bill collectors at the door, a family to feed, ...

Wax Idols and Quilt hit the Hideout

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

Thursday 17Happy St. Paddy’s, lasses and laddies. To celebrate your Irishness, be sure to flip or click over to the Reader’s Your Week page, where they’ll have you bloated with cabbage and swimming in green ...

Soda Bar sets up Dwarves and Queers, Yuck

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

Sunday 20Dwarves and Queers split a fun-punk bill at Soda Bar Sunday night. Singer Blag Dahlia and guitarist HeWhoCannotBeNamed have been touring together since the early ’80s, when they started performing as the Sonics-style garage-rock ...

Dirty Dishes, Agent Orange, Lower Dens

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

Thursday 3If you believe everything the web tells you — and, let’s face it, life is easier that way — L.A.’s grungy pop-rock duo Alex Molini (bass/synth) and Jenny Tuite (guitar/voice) met when he vomited ...

Twenty-four years of Electric Waste

...plus Johnny Marr and Skizzy Mars in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 6English guitarist Johnny Marr has been a gun-for-hire since the demise of his popular indie-pop group the Smiths, including work with Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, and the Pretenders. In 2014, Marr released a solo ...

Drive Like Jehu, A Static Lullaby, Stone Foxes

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

Thursday 25“We’re just doing this one show.” That’s what Drive Like Jehu’s John Reis said in August of 2014 about their one-off free concert at Balboa Park’s organ pavilion, where they were accompanied by civic ...

Cave Singers, Andra Day, Protomartyr

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

Sunday 28Casbah stages ex–Pretty Girls Make Graves group Cave Singers on Sunday. The Seattle trio’s touring in support of last year’s Banshee record, a bracing, buzzing folk-rock collection that prompted the Reader’s Andrew Hamlin to ...

Dizzy's turns a spotlight on the baritone saxophone

...with the Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio featuring Gabriel Sundy

Sometimes considered the “blue-collar” saxophone for its supporting role as the Great Punctuation Mark in much of pop music, the baritone sax actually has range enough to go from soothing cello to car horn. A ...

Ringo Deathstarr, Reagan Youth, Lake Street Dive

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

Sunday 21Charlie Hilton of Portland band Blouse is at the Hideout Sunday night with Dum Dum Girl Sandra Vu’s SISU. Both ladies specialize in narcotic pop — shoegaze in a haze of lush looping vocals. ...

Toasters, Bag Raiders, Dr. Dog

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

Thursday 18Thirty-five years ago, after attending a Beat concert in New York City, comic-book shopkeeper Robert “Bucket” Hingley started third-wave ska band the Toasters. And though Hingley is the only constant member, the Toasters are ...

Built to Spill, Growlers, Sharkmuffin

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

Sunday 14It’s Valentine’s Day and your candy heart wants to rock. Some solid choices Sunday night, too, including indie hits Built to Spill, who open a two-night stand at Casbah with the Hand and Iceberg ...

New Kinetics, Thee Oh Sees, Drag the River

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

Thursday 11San Diego garage wreckers the New Kinetics will headline sets at Casbah Thursday night. It seems Bardot & Co. are back at it full steam ahead since their slide into silence following In Stereo, ...

Shook Ones, Supersuckers, Pearl Charles

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

Sunday 7Ché Café stages a Soda Bar–curated show Sunday night, featuring punk-n-roll Bellingham band the Shook Ones. Been some time since I’ve seen this band’s name on a bill or record-release one-sheet, so I’m not ...

A band called Sissy Spacek, Saintseneca, Adolescents

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

Thursday 4A band called Sissy Spacek. Surewhynot. The West Coast duo of John Wiese (strings) and Charlie Mumma (skins) are more sound collagists than songsmiths. The schitzy grind project, though prolific in its output over ...

Casbah turns 27

...plus PWR BTTM, New Kinetics, and John Hammond Jr.

Thursday 28“We could get so famous that we both get shot, but right now I’m in the shower.” Touring behind one of last year’s catchiest records, Brooklyn garage-glam band PWR BTTM hit the Hideout Thursday ...

Corners, Childbirth, Seeker

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

Sunday 31From Echo Park, post-punk quartet Corners is at Casbah with local “party-psych” four-piece Wild Wild Wets and borderland garage band San Pedro El Cortez. Spinning Corners’ Lolipop record from 2014, Maxed Out on Distractions, ...

Ms. Carlton, Mr. Cross, Mustard Plug

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

Sunday 24There’s always a “final countdown” somewhere, and the band Europe will be there — including your office lunchroom — planting that ’80s earworm in your head. It’s clogging up my brain as I type ...

Adicts, Kings, and All Them Witches

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

Thursday 21I always get nostalgic for the ’90s when I see Mike Doughty’s name pop up. Back then downtown had some substantive bars, like the Green Circle, where you could catch out-of-town up-and-comers such as ...

Double dose of Earthless

Plus Blue Öyster Cult, Andy Frasco, and Deadbolt in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 14Classic-rock band Blue Öyster Cult are radio-famous for hits such as “Godzilla” and “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” but they are YouTube-famous for the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit “More cowbell!” You know the one. ...

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