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Spits or Tijuana Panthers, Beck or Pere Ubu

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

Thursday 8Tomas Kalnoky, the Czech-born Jersey boy who fronts the ska-punk collective Streetlight Manifesto, will take the all-ages Irenic stage as indie-folkie Toh Kay. The stripped-down trio is in the middle of its Return to ...

Jonny Lang, Jonny Richman, Shelters, and Wild Child

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

Sunday 11Underground hip-hop hits Casbah Sunday night, when Doomtree’s Sims splits the spits with Chicago-based mash-up Air Credits (Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck)...Swedish new wavers the Sounds (think: Blondie) set up at House of Blues Sunday ...

Gemma Ray, Peter Murphy, Lee Fields

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

Sunday 27Bronx-born rapper Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, etc. etc.) hits House of Blues on Sunday. Keith told a reporter recently that he has so many guises that “I don’t even ...

Karl Denson, Nik Turner sax attack

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

Thursday 24Happy Thankszzzzzz... Friday 25“‘Brown Sugar.’ That’s a blast. I love playing it. I’ve got that solo in it. But being there, hanging out with those guys? That’s just surreal.” That’s Karl Denson talking to ...

Lord Mayall, Lord Stax, Red Fang and the Man in Black

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

Sunday 20The 83-year-old British bluesman John Mayall was the leader of one of the more prominent ’60s blues groups, the Bluebreakers, which included in its ranks over the years a shifting lineup of musical greats, ...

Mad Doctors, Moon Hooch, Night Beats, and Neko Case

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

Thursday 17“We are all (mal)practicing doctors in various fields. Dr. Applebaum is a surgery ‘specialist,’ Dr. Park is a veterinarian, and Dr. X — well, that is undisclosed for various legal reasons,” the Mad Doctors ...

Dictators, a coupla hip-hop hits, and Colleen Green

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

Sunday 13Known in 1974 New York City as the Dictators, the proto-punk band is “the connective tissue between the eras of the MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late ...

A guitar Planet, a Gloomy Place, Posies, and Om

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

Thursday 10Japan post-rock bands Lite and Mouse on the Keys (which sounds like an iffy translation but is actually a nod to composer Zez Confrey’s “Kitten on the Keys”) will set up at Soda Bar ...

Sunday night soloists Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Cairo Gang

...plus Southern Culture on the Skids, Purling Hiss, Peter Hook, and Protomartyr this week

Sunday 6Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) fill a solo-Sunday-nighters bill at the Hideout. Mr. Segall’s latest, this year’s Emotional Mugger, is a satisfyingly noisy garage-psych affair, as is almost everything produced ...

King Khan and BBQ times two

...plus the Garden, Nobunny, and the Schizophonics' MC5 Revue this weekend

Thursday 3By the time you read this, Crawler follower, I will be in a meat-sammy stupor and have a beard full of barbecue sauce as I watch the stars pop over Pappy & Harriet’s in ...

Haunted hotel Halloween at the Lafayette, Casbah style

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

Sunday 30Eighties new-wavers Psychedelic Furs play Belly Up in Solana Beach on Sunday night. The English act is still anchored by brothers Richard (singer) and Tim Butler (guitar) and still trades in their imminently dance- ...

Jacuzzi Boys, Jimmy Whispers

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

Thursday 27Get your recommended daily allowance of country-fried jams and greazy beats when the Distinguished Delinquents tour graces the Casbah stage Thursday night. The Delinquents be the roots-rocking country-blues trio from Nashville, Indiana, Reverend Peyton’s ...

Pink Dots, Goblin Cock, Helado Negro, and Tobacco

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

Thursday 13When Syd Barret took to his garden shed and my Piper at Gates of Dawn and Madcap Laughs cassettes were played out, I deliriously drowned in the Legendary Pink Dots catalog, born again to ...

Flock of Dimes, Gang of Four, Screaming Females

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

Sunday 16Wye Oak’s lady part, the singer/shredder Jenn Wasner, has released a solo set under the name Flock of Dimes, a synth-pop record called If You See Me, Say Yes. I haven’t heard it, but ...

Kula Shaker, Dirty Pennies, the Palms, and Lita Ford

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

Sunday 9English “raga-rock” band Kula Shaker had a nice run in the UK in the ’90s, playing a psych-bent Britpop that read mystic and included Indian instruments such as sitar, tamboura, and tabla. Touring in ...

Kamasi Washington, Tears for Fears, Mystic Braves

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

Thursday 6The folk-rocking British band Mumford & Sons has made the most of its knack to update the past by lending their Brit-pop genes to American roots music for something we like to call “fiddle-faddle.” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Awesomefest, TeePee revue, Flamin' freakin' Groovies

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

Thursday 1This year’s DIY punk-rock riot Awesomefest 10(!) kicks off on Thursday night at Soda Bar with a primer for the three nights to come. “It’s the pre-party to the main party...duh!” says the Soda ...

Atomic Bitchwax, Jagwar Ma, Pinkish Black

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

Sunday 28“Super Stoner Rock” Jersey boys Atomic Bitchwax shine the Soda Bar stage with their “gargantuan riffs and jaw-dropping psych sonics.” The trio is touring in support of last year’s Gravitron, which according to music ...

Gonjasufi and the Zeros

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

Thursday 25Burger Records band Levitation Room takes the paisley sounds of their new platter, Ethos, on tour. The Highland Park quartet’s full-length debut doesn’t leave a psychedelic nugget unturned in its “minor-key ballads (‘Reasons Why,’ ...

Loews shows, Guns 'N Roses, Black Heart Procession

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

Sunday 21Loews shows: fair to say Al Howard writes Sunday kinda songs, I think, and the bands he’s enlisted to play them, Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, and Dani Bell & the Tarantist, all part of ...

Tiki Oasis, Parquet Courts, Digable Planets

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

Thursday 18Cocktail nation will do the mash at this year’s Tiki Oasis bash, “Party on Monster Island.” Tiki Oasis is San Diego’s annual celebration of all things tropicalia — kitsch crafts and clothes, classic hot ...

Throw Rag then Gloomsday, Buffalo or Donkeys

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

Thursday 11Captain Sean Wheeler and his “sailor rock” quartet from Salton Sea, Throw Rag, are back together for the So-Cal Hoedown this Saturday in Santa Ana, which features Wanda Jackson, the Blasters, Street Walkin’ Cheetahs, ...

B-52s, L.A. Witch, Guided by Voices

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

Sunday 14The Athens, Georgia, quartet B-52s upped new wave’s odd-pop ante in the 1980s with smash hits such as “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho,” and “Love Shack.” And despite meeting the supposed requirements for induction into ...

Witch Fingers, soul fires

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

Thursday 4One of the catchier psych-pop throwback acts we’ve heard in the recent spate of psych-pop throwback acts would be L.A.’s flower-power four-piece Frankie & the Witch Fingers, which is touring in support of last ...

Nightowls, Schizos, Violators, and Maniacs

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

Sunday 7Luigipalooza hits Golden Hill Sunday afternoon at Luigi’s pizzeria on 25th. Bands include Gloomies, Take Offense, Tiltwheel, Drug Wars, and more...walk off all that pizza and beer afterward by strolling up 30th to Whistle ...

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 ...

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