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No poncy remixes for Peter Hook

Chris Robinson for two nights and Alvvays, like, always

Sunday 23House of Blues stages L.A. electro-pop duo Capital Cities Sunday night. They have that heavy-rotation (radio and TV) earworm “Safe and Sound.” I scoured the Cities’ Tidal Wave of Mystery record for another standout ...

One Fugee, four Woggles, and that damn Purling Hiss

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

Thursday 20After years on the down-low in South Orange (self-imposed) and then a brief stint in white-collar incarceration (tax evasion), ex-Fugee/ex–Mrs. Wyclef Jean, Ms. Lauryn Hill is making her way back to the stage behind ...

Single Mothers hook up with Hot Nerds at the Hideout

Plus Run the Jewels, Dinosaur J, and Death From Above

Sunday 9The Big Rock-Roll show this week’d be Black Keys at the Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. Never really got into this pony’s trick, but I’d be down for opener Jake Bugg. The 20-y-o record-store ...

What do Trumans Water, Pissed Jeans, and Yelawolf have in common?

That's right, they're all playing in town this weekend!

Thursday 6Casbah puts on Pissed Jeans, a noisecore quartet from Allentown in Pennsylvania. The Jeans re-released early work Shallow this summer for you completists. The collection contains mix-tape favorite “Boring Girls,” which you can hear ...

Alejandro Escovedo. Peter Buck. Belly Up. Uh, yeah.

Plus Def Leppard, Iceage, and the Elvis-obsessed Charlie Megira

Sunday 2Classic-rock radio staples Def Leppard (“Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me”) will rock the house at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula Sunday night. Just off a powerhouse tour with 2014 Rock and Hall ...

Sugar rush with Hellion, Creepy Creeps, and Frankie Rose

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

Thursday 30Halloween Eve could be a hard sell, unless, I imagine, you’ve got Hellion on the bill. A speed-metal warm-up for the frights to come Friday night, yes? Hellion is an ’80s-minted metal band from ...

Spits kill the cool, Gene Ween escapes

...and another exciting episode of Guantanamo Baywatch!

Sunday 26Sunday’s funday, as “punk for the people” Kalamazoo quintet the Spits hit Soda Bar on their California Torta Tour. Ripped this promo from the Soda Bar site: “Their throbbingly addictive songs just drip like ...

Big Whigs and Big Ups

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

Thursday 23“If you didn’t see me, then you weren’t on the dancefloor.” Detroit indie-rock s/ash electro-pop duo Dale Earnardt Jr. Jr. make a pit stop at Belly Up behind their new two-song set of drunken ...

Band crushing on Pins, Pup, Grieves, and Bear Hands

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

Sunday 19U.K. she-punk quartet Pins plays the Hideout behind their new joint, Girls Like Us, on Sunday night. Nylon.com likes it and we like Nylon.com, which included Pins in their weekly “Band Crush” column and ...

Bruisers of Brill, buckets of rubble

One Perfume Genius and four Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

Thursday 16New York City rocksteady crew the Slackers will brew their ska-based stew of rock-and-soul reggae riddims for a Casbah crowd on Thursday. Slackers are touring in support of their new CD, My Bed Is ...

The Horrors aim to improve your Halloween mood

Plus Poliça, Tijoux, Zoso, and the best of the rest in the San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 12According to Wikipedia, Ana Tijoux is the daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile in France, which rock writers agree informs her songcraft. Tijoux broke internationally with Latin hip-hop collective Makiza, from which ...

Jodie Foster's Army invades La Jolla

Plus pub rock, sock-hop pop, and Nuggets huggers

Thursday 9English electronic alt-rockers Kasabian jack in at House of Blues behind this year’s 48:13, which I’m guessing is its run time. Named “the best live act in the world today” by Q magazine, Kasabian ...

I wanna be a freakbeat BBQ cowboy

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

Sunday 5London-based garage-rocking “freakbeat” trio Little Barrie will be at Soda Bar Sunday night with like-minded locals the Schitzophonics and Amerikan Bear...Norwegian songsmith Sondre Lerche is at House of Blues behind his brand-spanking new CD, ...

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Blondie eats cake...

...and if you dig Talking Heads, you ought to like Ought

Thursday 2From Torrance, California, punk quartet Joyce Manor, touring in support of this year’s hella fun Epitaph set Never Hungover Again, plays the all-ages Irenic in NoPark. The A.D.D.-afflicted Manor eschews blink’s obnoxious spew and ...

Buzzcocks, a Bang! day, and all the Epic Future Radness you can fit in your earholes

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

Thursday 18Rock writer Robert Christgau called the Buzzcocks punk’s “most incandescent singles band,” and in the next sentence charged the English group of “defying punk’s party line and inventing ‘power pop’ in the process.” All ...

Three Total Slackers, two Bots, and a Zammuto

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

Sunday 21Brooklyn garage-rock trio Total Slacker follows Florida’s space-punk Flashlights into Casbah Sunday night. Total Slacker’s an appropriate name in that they tend to appropriate (the other meaning) ’90s mush-mouthed slack rockers Pavedoh and Sebament. ...

Avi Buffalo wings, country-fried Chuck, a loaf of crusty Sebadoh

...and the rest of San Diego's smorgasbord of sound Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 14His name is Avi, and the boy lo-o-oves his spicy wings! Yes, in italic with three o’s. That’s the word on the wire about indie-rocker Avi Buffalo, who this week dropped his Sub Pop ...

Another year, another Thing

Plus Moby, Waters, Liars, Slaughter

Thursday 11The San Diego Music Thing, an annual music-industry confab cooked up to support the San Diego Music Foundation, will spread its tentacles around town this weekend. For you industry outsiders looking to get close ...

Hoosier rock?

...plus a Baseball Project, surfing Donkeys, and two days of blues by the Bay

Thursday 4Hoosier folk-rocker Timothy Showalter, aka Strand of Oaks, takes the stage at Casbah behind his fourth studio set, HEAL. Opener “Goshen ’97” is the tell here, relating Showalter’s discovery of song’s reflective ability and ...

Hot Snakes slither through two

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

Sunday 7“In 1973, three brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney, formed the rock and roll band Death” (Wikipedia). Wiki-flash-forward 35 years: “Three brothers — Bobby (Jr.), Julian, and Urian Hackney — formed a band to ...

Yoo-hoo, it's Jehu

...and more Labor Day weekend and back-to-school sets to see

Sunday 31So, this blew up local social media (and several national sites) last week: 20-years-gone post-punk locals Drive Like Jehu will reunite at the organ pavilion in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. on Sunday night. ...

Safety dancers, crunk kickers

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

Thursday 28“You can dance if you want to” Thursday night, when Belly Up hosts an ’80s dance party, featuring new-wave acts Men Without Hats (“Safety Dance”) and Betamaxx, a seven-human jukebox of all things ’80s. ...

Ear ringers and blues singers

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

Thursday 21The Big Rock Show this week rolls into Sleep Train Amphitheatre, where alt-rock icons Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden will split an ear-ringing bill in the Chula Vista hills. Both bands — in or ...

Creepoid, Creedle, and Corrosion

Jacuzzis, Wreckords, and the blues King

Sunday 24Savannah-by-way-of-Philadelphia noise-rock band Creepoid creeps into the Tower. The quartet’s out to tout their new s/t sophomore set, which, according to their one-sheet, “mines the quiet side of breathy acoustic/slowcore, then erupts into heavy, ...

Visit House of Spirits with the Fresh & Onlys

...jump the "Arctic Shark" with Quilt, and play Dial-an-Animal with Octagrape

Sunday 17After rocking off the rust opening for the Sonics on Saturday night, local faves Mrs. Magician will headline sets by Viv Vates and Subtropics at Soda Bar Sunday night. From Mrs. M’s website, under ...

Mrs. Magician conjures Sonics and Zombies

...plus a Tiki Oasis in Mission Valley and a Woodsist Festival of our very own

Thursday 14Club Crawler as Gatling Gun of Fun — and this weekend is loaded! Tiki Oasis kicks off Thursday night at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island, a sort of meet-and-greet of Tiki freaks ...

Rebels by the Bay, Clap Your Hands Say Casbah, Two-Headed Ken

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

Thursday 7Warm and fuzzy but far from cozy. That’s what it feels like cuddling up to Barbarian, a local beach-goth band that earned an SDMA nomination for Best New Artist last year. Their debut EP, ...

It's a scatalogical Planet

Plus Iron, Wine, and the hippie dippy Foxygen

Sunday 10What’s in a name, yo? From Nashville in Tennessee, punky-rock roustabouts Diarrhea Planet will explode on the Soda Bar stage after garage-rock trio Those Darlins and like-minded locals Buddy Banter. After some pretty relentless ...

My Spoon is too big!

This week's really big rock shows for you really-big-rock-show-goers

Sunday 3There’s an early show (4p) out at Tower Bar by 30-year-strong garage punx M.O.T.O. (Masters of the Obvious). Later on you get a reunited Last Years as well as the Ferments and Badabing...or head ...

Brassy Budos, salty Clams...

...and a whole mess of other jams in the San Diego clubs this week

Thursday 31Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis alternative act the Hold Steady have held steady to their punk’d-rock form, churning out guitarist Tad Kubler’s brand of beery-brawny rawk while frontman Craig Finn sing-speaks his beery-brainy poetics, mini-epic tales of the ...

Jedi Elvis, Foxy Meatloaf, and a man called Alice

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

Sunday 27Classic-rock-radio staples Boston play Pechanga (Temecula) on their Heaven on Earth tour. If you’re hoping to catch the Beantownies, this’d be the place, as their Wednesday-night show at Humphreys is sold the fug out. ...

Yogging with Monk

...and rocking the clubs this weekend

Thursday 24“Lines like, ‘You’re a bad-hearted boy trap, baby doll, but you’re so damn hot,’ are enough to make you despise the English language.” Ah, the band that Pitchfork loves to hate, Chicago-born and bred ...

Hillbilly boogie, Chain Gang Daydreams, one-man's carnal carnival

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

Thursday 17Yeehaw — there’s gone be a barn-burner at Bar Pink Thursday night when SanFran “hillbilly boogie” band Jimbo Trout & the Fish People surface at the NoPark hot spot. Trout and the Fish are ...

Ché's final day and Johnny's birthday

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

Sunday 13Sunday will see the Ché Café’s final show for the foreseeable future. They’re billing it as the “For the F!!!ing Kids” show and the band list is generous. The big dill starts at noon. ...

The throwbacks, the Get Backs, and the grande dames

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

Thursday 10Throwback Thursday! You’ve got psychedelic SanFran band Jefferson Starship landing on the Belly Up stage. Jefferson Starship came out of the wreckage of Jefferson Airplane in the early ’70s, presenting more radio-friendly fare such ...

Kiss my axe

It's classic-rock radio week, with Kiss, Def Leppard, and the Nuge

Sunday 6The Big Gig this week’d be the classic-rock radio “Heroes 2014” tour, featuring the not-so-heavy metal Def Leppard and glam-metal band Kiss, down at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chulo Veesta. Yes, it’s the ...

Ronnie, Rusty, Nipsey, and Ringo

...and where to rock your Fourth o' July barbecue bib

Thursday 3Beyond the beehive, the ex-Ronnette/ex-Mrs. Phil Spector, Ronnie Spector (“Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain”), is enjoying a ride on the retro gravy train, rocking a haystack hairdo and touring behind her new ...

Skate-rat rappers, Southern Culture chicken chuckers — a Bujwah Bonanza!

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

Thursday 19When L.A. underground cult rapper Murs signed to TechN9ne’s Strange Music, it seemed inevitable he’d collaborate with the label’s Miami-based house band ¡Mayday! for a West-meets-East coast rap record. It was. He did. It’s ...

Portlandian punks, Tweak Bird brothers, World Cup Suckers

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

Sunday 22The U.S. men’s soccer team plays Portugal at 3p on the big screen at Whistle Stop Sunday. As I type this we’re still a few days away from their opener against Ghana’s Black Stars, ...

Cramps in les catacombs, two cows in the garage

Ohio's representing in town this month, and lots more...

Thursday 12From Bordeaux, France, pushing needles into the red with cracking guitars, electro-rock garage-punks the Magnetix (Looch Vibrato on guitar, Aggy Sonora on drums) bring what they dub “rock monster” to Bar Pink. The pair ...

Failure, Daddy-o!

...and the best of the rest around town Sunday through Wednesday, June 15–18

Sunday 15Happy Father’s Day, daddy-o's. You got a bunch of funyuns to choose from: L.A. alt-rock act Failure (“During their seven-year tenure in the ’90s, they recorded with Steve Albini, toured with Tool, and covered ...

King Buzzo's acoustic machine kills artists

Plus Wild bands, Blood Brothers, and blown-cone goth Babies

Sunday 8It’s “wild” night in Normal Heights, as Soda Bar stages Wild Ones with Idyll Wild. Wild Ones is a five-piece dream-pop band from Portland in Oregon. Idyll Wild are “a band of ghosts from ...

Lost and found in Detroit

Plus dance jams, rebel rock, a record swap, and one hard-headed woman

Thursday 5After years of anonymity, toiling in Detroit as a day laborer, singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who had released two LPs in the early ’70s (Cold Fact, Coming from Reality) and then was rumored to have ...

A.J., Allah-Las, accordion punk, Tune-Yards

...push play on the pod for music clips of Monk's gig picks

Sunday 1San Diego son A.J. Croce has been touring in support of this year’s well-received smorgasbord of songcraft Twelve Tales. Easy to understand why all the different flavors (jazz, folk-pop, blues, and rootsy rock), as ...

Mountaintops, Meatmen, karaoke, air guitar

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

Thursday 29Canadian communal rocker Stephen McBean (Black Mountain, Grim Tower, Godspeed!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Tra La La Band, etc. etc.) just dropped a new Pink Mountaintops disc called Get Back, which sounds like the ...

Protomartyr's Under Color, Bowie's Undercover

...and the Eagulls have landed

Sunday 25Sunday’s in play if you’ve got a three-day weekend. And if you do, have I got a show for you: out to tout my early pick for 2014’s record of the year, Under Color ...

Play Hide and Seek with the Rosalyns, drop in with Gang Green

...and get down in Pioneertown with Freaks for the Fest

Thursday 22The all-star garage group the Rosalyns (featuring members of the Loons, the Schitzophonics, Gore Gore Girls, New Kinetics, and Chinese Rocks) will headline sets at Casbah after Diddley Daddies, Grim Imperials, and Two Wolves ...

Situation: Awesome

...with Red Fang, Band of Skulls, Black Flag, and giant sandworms!

Sunday 18The “Situation: Awesome” tour reaches UCSD, as Portland’s stoner-metal quartet Red Fang takes a bite out of Porter’s Pub Sunday night after Big Business and American Sharks. Red Fang is out to tout this ...

Louder than bombs

...with violin pop, Saber Tooth rock, and boho folk

Thursday 15K Ishibashi has violined for indie songsmiths Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and Atlanta psych-pop band of Montreal, and he fronts the Brooklyn new-wave group Jupiter One. Under the moniker Kishi Bashi, the 38-year-old multi-instrumentalist ...

Don’t let the Ché Café get punked by budget cuts

UCSD’s historical venue needs “critical renovations”

In a press release dated today, May 12, the Ché Café collective is calling for community support in the University Centers Advisory Board (UCAB) vote for a budget plan that may close the venue for ...

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