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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 ...

M is for the Many shows in San Diego...

...O is for the Ones I picked for you!

Sunday 11Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Love, Barn. I can do that because I run this joint.... “Remember the old Fleshtones song ‘The Girl From Baltimore’? Well, here she is! Her name is Lisa Doll and ...

What's new, pussycats?

...all the hip-hopping punk-n-roll you can handle

Thursday 8Trip-hop poet Yoni Wolf of Why? will play Ché Café with his protégé, Serengeti. Wolf had been on tour with his full band through April, but in May stripped down to “rap-only” dates, on ...

Cinco Mysterioso and soaking in the Sixties

San Diego club dates Sunday, May 4, through Wednesday, May 7

Sunday 4The Bad Plus will teach the new jazz math at the Loft at UCSD. The Minneapolis three-piece is best know for turning pop and classic rock into bop. Their reimaginings know no limits, as ...

Atomic Dog, Radioactivity, Over-Gain Optimal Death

...and the 4-1-1 on all kinds of music fun

Thursday 1“Tear the roof off the sucker!” The brassy mothership blasts off at House of Blues Thursday night as far-out bandleader George Clinton and his funky bunch, Parliament Funkadelic, take the downtown stage for a ...

Part giraffe, part zebra, part woot-woot!

...and Creeps and Schitzos on tap at this week's Reader on Tap

Thursday 24Local electro-pop tribal-dance duo Okapi Sun will play a CD-release for their full-length debut, Techno Prisoners (sounds like take no prisoners) at Casbah. Dallas and Leo have been banging out hook-filled dance tracks since ...

The eternal muse meets the difficult monkey

...and a surefire litmus test for bands you've never heard of

Sunday 27Tower Bar’s got a BBQ matinee starting at 4p, with Seattle-based “love punk” four-piece Damage Done and our own Beside Myself and Caskitt...after that, go home and change your sauce-stained shirt (slob), and head ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, April 20–23

Sunday 20When you’re done being Easterly Sunday, mashing all them ’mallow peeps and jelly beans, get out to Casbah, where Leopold & His Fiction will split a bill with Soft White Sixties. Fueled by peanut ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, April 17–19

Thursday 17Like a psychedelic Elvis one minute and Chuck Berry on a blues-punk bender the next, New York City staple Jon Spencer and his Blues Explosion — the irrepressible, irreplaceable rock-rolling backbone Judah Bauer and ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, April 6–9

Sunday 6Casbah stages War on Drugs Sunday night. Critics are swooning over this year’s Lost in the Dream CD, for its “rust-belt-rock-like-the-Boss!”–ness. Except Adam Granduciel, he’s the main War on Drugser, has less of a ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, April 3–5

Thursday 3The Two-Headed Cheetah Tour comes through town tonight, as U.S. punk progenitor Cheetah Chrome (Rocket From the Tombs/Dead Boys) and L.A. punk revivalists the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs take the stage at Soda Bar. Chrome is ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, March 27–29

Thursday 27Grease-punk preacher Reverend Horton Heat will wrap up his short week at Casbah Thursday night. Heat’s touring in support of his latest rockabilly record, Rev, and will headline sets by death-o-billy Danes Nekromantix (they’ve ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, March 30–April 2

Sunday 30I’m just going to go ahead and call Saintseneca my surprise find of the week. These ANTI- folkies from Columbus, Ohio, are all kinds of weird Amerikana, in the vein of Violent Femmes and, ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, March 23–26

Sunday 23From right up the road in Long Beach, garage-pop trio Tijuana Panthers will play Soda Bar behind last year’s well-received release Semi-Sweet. A record, according to the band, that captures their “nice-guy angst.” I ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, March 20–22

Thursday 20Texas alt-rock vets the Toadies hop into Belly Up on the 20-year anniversary tour of their commercial breakthrough, the platinum-selling Interscope set Rubberneck. This summer the band’s re-releasing the collection with five more songs ...

In the San Diego music clubs Sunday–Wednesday, March 9–12

Sunday 9From Chicago, heady-metal trio Russian Circles spin into Casbah Sunday night. The post-rock instrumentalists are touring in support of last year’s critical hit Memorial, a record that out-explodes Explosions in the Sky, pummels the ...

In the San Diego music clubs Thursday–Saturday, March 6–8

Thursday 6From Oakland, producer-musician Matthew Melton (ex–Bare Wires) and his latest “lo-fi-glam-garage-pop” project Warm Soda pour their sticky goodness on the Hideout stage Thursday night. Warm Soda’s 2013 set, Someone for You, arcs from the ...

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