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Stories by Barnaby Monk

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. ...

Car Seat Headrest in hyperdrive

Plus Devotchka, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Real Estate's Martin Courtney in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 17Devotchka plays world music with an edge. Lots of edges, actually — the burlesque frontwoman was married to shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. Before you head up to Belly Up on Sunday, you can read all ...

Here comes 2016, dog

San Diego clubs kicking it off with the Sess, Ziggy Shuffledust, Big Sandy, and the Generators

Thursday 31San Diego garage-punks the Sess will reunite for a night at Soda Bar New Year’s Eve. The catchy quintet was a San Diego Music Awards nominee around the time their band-breaking Agendumb record dropped, ...

Whiskey Shivers, Frankie Boots, Haunter, the Touchies

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

Sunday 3Bringing back the mullet! It’ll be business up front and party in the back when Austin bluegrass band Whiskey Shivers and them Americana road dogs in Goodnight, Texas get together to co-headline sets up ...

A very Casbah Christmas

Schizos go Stone Cold on Thursday, Blasters light it up Saturday night

Thursday 24Happy hols, y’all. The clubbety crawler’s going to be understandably low on quantity this holiday week, but bulging with big-Q Quality. For inst., Thursday night rings in the Casbah’s annual Exile on Kettner, where ...

Camper Van Cracker, OFF!, Luna, Tijuana Panthers

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

Sunday 27There are two kinds of alt-rock fans: Cracker fans and Camper Van Beethoven fans, so the frontman for both bands, David Lowery, has got you covered. In advance of their split bill at Belly ...

Shul of Rock!

Alice Cooper, Freightshakers, Bulletproof Stockings, and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 20“All bad things must come to an end” is how the hard-rock staples Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper describe their final tour together, which rolls through town at Viejas Arena and wraps with three ...

Killah, Crocs, El Vez, and Raveonettes

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

Thursday 17Former Wu-Tang MC Ghostface Killah rocks the mic at Observatory North Park behind this year’s Twelve Reasons to Die II, a sequel to 2013’s well-received concept record Twelve Reasons to Die, itself an extension ...

Zig Zags, White Reaper, Hawkwind

...plus Bad Plus, Tacocat, and Billy freaking Gibbons

Sunday 6L.A.’s purveyors of sci-fi garage-punk the Zig Zags light up at Soda Bar Sunday night. Take last year’s self-titled In the Red record for a spin on the web, esp. head shredders “Brainded Warrior,” ...

The Glamour, the Squalor, and the Avengers

...plus Little Hurricane blows into town, while Deadbolt and Schizophonics blow out of town

Thursday 3It’s the American in me that never wonders why/ Kennedy was murdered by the F-B-I! Update a few of the lyrics to the Avengers’ indictment of blind patriotism, “The American in Me,” and Penelope ...

Clash undercover, Dead Cross revealed

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

Sunday 29Ghost town saloon band Dani Bell & the Tarantist rolls into Whistle Stop Sunday night. Their debut Dark West is cinematic, chilling, and tons of fun to listen to. I am addicted to its ...

Gobble-n-rock

Monk's crunks for Thanksgiving weekend

Thursday 26Have a tryptophantastic holiday, Crawler followers, for tomorrow we rock! Friday 27The band that has more hooks than a hillbilly’s tackle box, Nashville Pussy, is on tour this winter celebrating the release of their ...

Yob Woggles

...and other funnily named face-melters in town this weekend

Thursday 19Tinnitus unite us! From Eugene, Oregon, the mighty Yob takes the stage at Brick by Brick behind their latest record, the crushing Clearing the Path to Ascend. Four tracks clocking in at just over ...

It's Wand Wednesday at Soda Bar

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

Sunday 22Beery band Lucero will belly up to Belly Up Sunday night. The Memphis septet morphs country into punky roots-n-roll and writes some real fist pumpers. Except on this year’s pensive All a Man Should ...

Acoustic Squeeze, Psychedelic Furs

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

Sunday 15Acoustic Squeeze! Come get some “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Pulling Mussels,” “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” and “Tempted” when English pop-rock duo Difford & Tilbrook put on a singer/songwriter clinic at House of Blues.... From ...

Put on your Thinging caps

San Diego Music Thing has landed in your back yard — what do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO!?!

Thursday 12Okay, San Diego Music Thingers, put on your “Thinging” caps because you’ve got to figure out how to see all the bands you want to see of the hundred-plus that are playing on 12 ...

Sloths, Health, and Andra Day

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

Sunday 8According to Sub Pop on its one-sheet for Olympia power trio Strange Wilds, the band’s latest has “a freight train, several buzzsaws, a banshee, and some heavy, heavy Pacific doom-and-gloom up in the mix.” ...

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