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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.” ...

Timmy's Organism, L.A. Witch, Flying Objects

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

Thursday 5You can’t keep a good punk down. Detroit son Timmy Vulgar (Epilieptix, Clone Defects, Human Eye, Reptile Forcefield) continues to crush hard rock with a sonic onslaught he calls Timmy’s Organism, which is Vulgar ...

Stone Temple Weiland, Murder City Moody

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

Sunday 1Sunday night at-a-glance: from Edmonton in Alberta in Canada, indie singer/songer Sean Nicholas Savage sets up at Soda Bar behind his new record, the new-wave-y Other Death...Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio rides Paper Wheels, his ...

Failure, King Khan & BBQ, No Knife

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

Thursday 29With their attention to production and texture, Failure were/are the Pink Floyd of alternative rock, the missing link to Muse, if you’re into them. Overshadowed by grunge radio, Failure had a brief but loud ...

Nobunny, No Joy, no tickets to Shakey Graves?

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

Sunday 25Sunday-nite lite: indie-folkies William Fitzsimmons and Jake Phillips split a bill at Casbah...New York darkwave duo MS MR bring their How Does It Feel tour to House of Blues...while Swedish pop-rock four-piece Royal Concept ...

David Yow fronts Flipper

...plus Mudhoney, White Sh!t, Beehive, and Bully

Thursday 22I used to art-up my old skate decks and hang them on the walls. My favorite, and most coveted by my friends, was a blacked-out Vision deck with a white stencil of the Flipper ...

Black and Pink meet at the Observatory

...plus Ought, Yacht, and Eagles of Death Metal

Sunday 18Black meets Pink, East meets West, and flower-punk meets art-damaged pop as Atlanta band Black Lips team up with L.A.’s Ariel Pink to co-headline sets at the Observatory North Park on Sunday. Last year ...

Deafheaven, a Heartbreaker, Hinds

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

Thursday 15SanFran metalgaze band Deafheaven deliver New Bermuda to Casbah on Thursday. Yes, metalgaze. You take black metal tones, a singer who — though apparently wordwise and, um, deep — makes every kind of sound ...

Boogie rock from Saskatoon

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

Thursday 8Canada band Sheepdogs bring their brand of boogie rock to town Thursday night. The ten-year-old Saskatoon troupe is touring in support of their brand new record, Future Nostalgia, a set that gets classic guitar ...

Wolf Alice and the grunge daddy

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

Sunday 11Soda Bar stages Off with Their Heads on Sunday. The Minneapolis four-piece trades in melodic hardcore seasoned with straight-ahead punk rock, and it looks as if they are picking up a tour that was ...

Five Big Rock Shows

...and 24 regular size ones, this week in music

Thursday 24“Specializing in punk solutions since 2005,” alt-rock Jersey boys Titus Andronicus are touring through town in support of this year’s 29-track, 93-minute rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy. The Reader’s Dryw Keltz had a ...

The Durans, the Kennedys, and the Van freaking Halens

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

Sunday 27Tennis System, out of Echo Park via DC, is one of L.A.’s bands ready to break, according to L.A. Weekly, for their “thick-reverb mélange of jangling guitars and ’90s shoegaze.” Sounds yummy. Take a ...

Hello, hair on the back of my neck

Johnette Napolitano comes to town, as does Mystic Braves and Destruction Unit

Thursday 10Former Concrete Blonde singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano has been leading a quiet life out in Joshua Tree with her horses, dogs, and found art, reflecting on the sorts of things that ended up in her ...

Grooves and Gravy

ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke, The Who, Wavves, and Hum all hit town this week

Sunday 13Texas trio ZZ Top and Atlanta band Blackberry Smoke bring their “Grooves and Gravy” tour to Humphreys by the Bay on Sunday. In 2004, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard were inducted into ...

The D list

Donkeys, Dam-Funk, Dickies, Ducktails, and the best of the rest in Diego this weekend

Thursday 3Local desert-rock Donkeys clop into Casbah Thursday night. Da Donks have had a busy 2015, touring in support of their fourth record of sun-baked Cali rock, Ride the Black Wave. Ken Leighton caught up ...

...and Wheezer's bringing up the rear

L.A. alt-rock act closes out the season at Del Mar on Sunday...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Sunday 6So, yeah, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is back to touring since her health scares and has sold out Belly Up Sunday night. Good on the “sadcore” sister...if you missed the tix to that, ...

Like two violins doing it

Plus Volar Records turns six, celebrates at Whistle Stop; and another San Diego Freakout at Casbah

Thursday 27So, the Melvins/Big Business gig sold out Casbah Thursday night. Go ahead, take a minute.... Okay? Okay. The power-pop singer/songwriter Thomas Walsh, aka Pugwash, is a hit in his native Ireland, where he’s flourished ...

Calliope Musicals brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight

Plus the Cure Undercover at the Office and Lee Scratch Perry goes Super Ape at Belly Up

Sunday 30From Austin, Texas, the “psychedelic party folk and disco honky-tonk” sextet Calliope Musicals head west and hit Soda Bar on Sunday. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” says of the traveling circus, “Who brings a confetti ...

Mr. Smiths comes to town

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

Thursday 20Former Smiths frontman Morrissey checks into the Observatory for two nights of pouty — and often hilarious — pop crooning Thursday and Friday nights. Morrissey is touring in support of his latest comeback, World ...

Savages, Villains, and Bandits

Plus King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Black Cobra slither through town

Sunday 23The new ladies of London punk, Savages, are touring through town this weekend. The impact of Siouxsie Sioux and Joy Division on Savages’ sound on their breakout debut Silence Yourself is a minor speedbump ...

Tiki Oasis and Berserktown

Plus White Mystery, Fu Manchu, and the Heaters hit town this week

Thursday 13Sounds like the Flintstones meet the Jetsons at this year’s Tiki Oasis, as the annual cocktail-nation confab promises to premodernize “Tomorrowland” style. “We here at Tiki Oasis will take you on warp speed from ...

Screaming Females, Parliament Funkadelic, Metz

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

Sunday 16Straight outta Berserktown: art-punk Canada band Fucked Up will be missing the Royal Trux set at the Observatory Sunday night because they’ll be playing Casbah. The post-core six-piece is touring in support of Glass ...

Welcome to rock and roll heaven...

with Coliseum, Delta Saints, Tame Impala, and Hurray for the Riff Raff

Sunday 2Welcome to Rock and Roll Heaven, Steve Rodriguez. The Dragons/Saint Shameless bassist passed away last week leaving a gaping hole in the San Diego music scene, and he will be memorialized as he should, ...

Stiff Little Fingers, Lucy's Fur Coat, Yeah Buddy!

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

Thursday 30From Northern Ireland, ca. 1977, Stiff Little Fingers were a Clash-grabbing lot that played punk through their homeland’s “troubles.” Over the years, the Fingers held onto the Irish but tossed the punk for power-pop ...

Boston Melt Banana, Cymbals Eat Guitars

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week, July 26-29

Sunday 26On Sunday, South Sudanese soul-rapper (and former child soldier) Emmanuel Jal’s at Soda Bar. Jal raps in Arabic, English, Swahili, Dinka, and Nuer, and he is touring in support of his new joint, The ...

The way of the shred

What's happening in San Diego clubs Thursday–Saturday, July 23 through 25

Thursday 23Double double trouble. No, I don’t have that In-N-Out urge, there’re a couple double bills in town Thursday night, and as of this typing I haven’t decided which one to rock. Sticking with the ...

Built to be awesome

Monk's crunks for the weekend of Thursday, July 16 through Saturday the 18th

Thursday 16We haven’t been out to the beach in a few weeks, so how about a night at O.B. rock spot Winstons and a trip to the “Fro Zone,” where local five-piece AJ Froman rock ...

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