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Stories by Barnaby Monk

The joy of No Joy

Plus Colleen Green, the Crocs, Nathan Williams's Spirit Club, and Swervedriver!

Sunday 1He was a hardcore Bad Brain. Now a solo-roller, rasta-punk frontman H.R. hits Brick by Brick behind his new joints, Quest, recorded with the DC rocksteady crew the Scotch Bonnets, and H.R. & Dubb ...

Deap Vally rawk, Gulf Coast soul, Six Organs psych-out

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

Thursday 26The band that crochets together, stays together. The hard-rocking duo Deap Vally — Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums, vocals) — met stitching and bitching in Silver Lake before becoming the throwdowningest ...

Swami's surf report

...plus Hopeless Jack, Eddie Spaghetti, and Meghan Trainor

Sunday 15Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake catch a wave to Casbah behind their brand-new instrumental-rock record, Modern Surf Classics. Catch up with Reis in last week’s “Swami’s new trip” feature in the Reader. ...

Cupid sent me

Cro-Mags, Stone Foxes, Dodos, and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this weekend

Thursday 12John Joseph “Bloodclot” McGowan and his New York City metalcore crew Cro-Mags set up at Soda Bar after hardcore border band Bumbklaat and punk quartet Nerve Control. DJ Heather Hardcore will spin ’round sets. ...

Yo soy el hombre de hierro...

Monk's crunks for Sunday night through humpnight

Sunday 8Welsh indie-rock act Catfish & the Bottlemen split an FM 94/9 bill with Wild Party at the Merrow in Hillcrest. Catfish & the Bottlemen are out to tout their Island Records debut, The Balcony, ...

Retro L.A., New Orleans new wave, Vinyl Junkies and Earthless

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

Thursday 5Hanni El Khatib is a SanFran-born, L.A.-based rocker whose mixed bag of talents is retro in essence (from his clothing lines to his rockabilly-based musical stew), and just plain weird over all. This year’s ...

Super Bowl Sunday 0, Anti-Monday 3

...and a bit of L.A. Witchcraft at the Hideout this week

Sunday 1Super Bowl Sunday. That is all. Monday 2Casbah’s Anti-Monday team tags Pleasure Fix, the Slashes, and the Bassics for indie-eclectic sets this week. Meet South Bay band the Bassics in this week’s “Imperial Bassics” ...

Dollys, Devils, Dave and Phil

Plus Patti Smith and four more von Trapp singers

Thursday 29Pop-punk trio the Dollyrots are one of the few things we have to thank George W. for. It was Bush’s election in 2000 that prompted high school sweethearts Kelly Ogden (bass, vocals) and Luis ...

Cult of Youth and the Devil Makes Three

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

Sunday 25You probably know that the Russian Circles show at the Soda is sold out...but maybe your crying eyes missed that Boots Riley and the Coup will be at Casbah, rapping their agenda-rap while hip-hopping ...

Jukebox jazz, subway Hooch, king of the Beat

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

Thursday 22From Long Island, interwebs sensation Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox plug in at House of Blues. Bradlee’s a piano man and composer versed in jazz, the ragtime kind, which he uses to infuse ...

The come-up man and the mariachi punk band

Plus Ice Cube, Calabrese, Guster, and follow the bouncing Madball

Sunday 18From Philadelphia, the alt-hop and “blues slop” band G Love & Special Sauce will pour it all over House of Blues after their Brushfire labelmate, the Huntington Beach–based singer/songwriter Matt Costa. G Love’s got ...

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, still

Couple of old-school punk shows and locals-only big gigs

Thursday 15You will croak, you little clown, when you mess with President Brown! Funny how things come around. Where were you the first time you heard “California Über Alles”? Let’s share. I was sitting in ...

California X is Dinosaur country

Plus all-star jams at the Office, the Hideout, and Seven Grand

Sunday 11The fifth-best band out of Minneapolis, the Jayhawks, land at Belly Up Sunday night. Since the reissue of stellar three-record set Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music this past summer, the ’Hawks ...

Psych rap, hardcore, honky tonk, Olivelawn — yes, Olivelawn

2015 hits its stride in the San Diego clubs

Thursday 8If the people’s hip-hop duo Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) is a march on the Mall in DC, then Hail Mary Mallon, featuring indie-rap duo Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, is a ...

There are midnight lips to kiss

Camper, Cracker, Mrs. Magician, and the rest of Monk's crunks for New Year's week

Sunday 28From Los Angeles, “dirty reggae” act the Aggrolites (“1960s soul music, funk, and skinhead reggae”) skank into Belly Up Sunday night. The Aggrolites’ 2006 self-titled Hellcat Records release is an essential set to get ...

Adolescents at play, Hideout at Soda Bar, Cured for your holiday hangover

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

Thursday 25Happy hols, y’all. Fa la la la, la la la. Friday 26Belly Up stages a Cash’d Out Christmas featuring the top-shelf JC tribute with wicked special guest Rosie Flores. Flores is Dave Good’s Of ...

Sad Boys, Mystic Braves, Bastard Sons

...and Mr. Adams and Ms. Lewis play a capital-C Concert at a capital-C Concert hall

Sunday 14Sunday’s a little lean — Yung Lean! The Swedish MC and his crew, the Sad Boys, play Porter’s Pub behind this year’s Lavender EP. Lean gets a little press grief for his grief, slack-rapping ...

See you in the nosebleeds

Monk's crunks for Thursday, December 11, through Saturday the 13th

Thursday 11So, Thursday night’s X and Blasters bill at Casbah sold out, surprising no one...but there’s more around town to soothe your rock-roll soul, as Detroit dynamo Jessica Hernandez and her Deltas roll into Soda ...

Heavy with metal

Weed-metal, rap-metal, doom-metal, black-metal...

Sunday 7Weed-centric metal heads Cannabis Corpse light up Soda Bar Sunday night. An obvious spoof on the band name of metal brethren Cannibal Corpse, Cannabis Corpse features members of Municipal Waste, GWAR, and Antietam 1862, ...

Mr. Spaghetti and the Yellow Ranger

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

Thursday 4San Diego’s Acoustic Alliance will celebrate ten years of plucking your heart strings at Brick by Brick Thursday night. The list of locals showing off their coffee-shop chops is prodigious, so I’ll just mention ...

Fleetwood Mac vs. the Modern Lover

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

Sunday 30The all-ages Epicentre in Mira Mesa will go Off! on Sunday, as the hardcore supergroup (Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Hot Snakes) moshes through town with Nasa Space and Gay Kiss. With their latest, Wasted ...

Meat Puppets vs. the great Pretender

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

Thanksday 27Gobble gobble zzzzzzzz. Friday 28As the Paladins, San Diego guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his high school pal and double-bass mother plucker Thomas Yearsley have anchored one of the tightest little rootsabilly combos this side ...

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 ...

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