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Stories by Barnaby Monk

This week in the San Diego clubs, August 1–7

Thursday 1Since 2006, Austin-based instrumental sextet Balmorhea (pronounced Bal-more-ay) has been composing some pretty and pretty compelling Southwest musical motifs, unsung and classically stringed things that rightly raise the brow of “desert rock.” Best comp ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, July 25–31

Thursday 25If, like me, you were hoping to join the Cult at House of Blues, too late, mein freund, that salty alt-rock banger is sold out.... Chin up, though, I got something Sonny for ya, ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, July 18–24

Thursday 18The Conners are coming! The Conners are coming! By the time you grok this, San Diego, you are probably surrounded by them. Nerdus americanus. And their annual ritual has commenced downtown, filling our hotels, ...

Corking the bat

The following conversation took place in Section 103 at Petco Park during the Padre’s 10-1 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, July 14. The conversants were Giants fans visiting from the Bay Area, ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, July 11–17

Thursday 11Alt-rock boy-girl band Nico Vega will take the stage at Bay Park bar the Griffin. The grungy L.A. act is out to tout this year’s Fury Oh Fury, which they were lucky enough to ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, July 4–10

Thursday 4Ooh ahh pretty. Happy Independence Day, Patriots! Except you, Aaron Hernandez.... After the sis, the boom, and the bah, hit up Soda Bar, where Toronto collective Grounders join ’lectronic locals Dudes and Island Boy ...

Tortcha

Back up, I think I might blog. Yup, here it comes… You see that beat-down Brazil put on Spain in the Federations Cup final? Madonna mia! Three nil’s the same as 19 to nothing in ...

The Dgenius

In my last post, which is to say my first post, I yammered on about synchronous TV, when the sports stars align over the old satellite dish and deliver three, four doozies in one frenzied ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, June 20–26

Thursday 20Til-Two will be Mosh Pit Central Thursday night, as East Coast hardcore forefathers Reagan Youth headline sets by Dust Angel, Blood Stained Reality, Nerve Control, Vindictive, and D.E.A. Reagan Youth attended the same schools ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, June 13–19

Thursday 13Portland pop-punk trio the Thermals will heat up Casbah with their sound-bit brand of socio-politiking. Hutch Harris still has one of the coolest names in rock, even if his band has succumbed to numbed ...

Satellite of love

I love sports. Watching them, mostly (Padres, Giants, Red Sox, Galaxy, Xolos, Chivas, Sounders, U.S. men’s soccer, MLS, EPL, Serie A, La Liga, Liga MX, MLB, NFL, NBA, tennis, NHL, and billiards, which is too ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, June 6–12

Thursday 6A leggy lovely in a sequined cocktail dress with a Flying Vee around her neck...uh, if that’s not enough to get you off the couch, brah, check out the chops. Grace Potter & the ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, May 30–June 5

Thursday 30With Vacation, bedsit recorder Matt Adams announces the arrival of his fully realized Blank Tapes, the L.A.-via-Bay Area psych-pop band that has dipped K-Tel deep into ’70s summer fun. It’s a guilt-free bubble-gum-rock collection ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, May 23–29

Thursday 23“I’ve been starting over for a long time,” sings Mikal Cronin on this summer’s briny beaut, MCII, a heady headphone set that demands a beachside romp and a re-evaluation of what passes for garage-pop ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, May 9–15

Thursday 9Freaky folkie Devendra Banhart’s evolution/devolution from the charmed if awkward songsmith of his early four-track output (listening to Oh Me Oh My as I type) into a full-fledged hippie-jam-band leader (Crippled Crow) into this ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, April 25–May 1

Thursday 25Geek rock has its place in the pop pantheon, right between Fraggle rock and holiday music — alphabetically and spiritually — and no band epitomizes the genre quite like Santa Barbara–based four-piece Nerf Herder. ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, April 18–24

Thursday 18Downtown: dood ranch El Dorado does a Dark Side showcase hosted by Wild Wild Wets and ex–Charger Girl/dancing bartendress Cameron Holloway (um, hubba) and featuring local lo-fi faves Tropical Popsicle, Buddy Banter, and the ...

In the San Diego clubs, April 4–10

Thursday 4Minneapolis was Seattle first, and Soul Asylum presaged grunge. Discuss. Nah, I don’t blame Dave Pirner for the flanneling of rock; in fact, I’m a ’uge fan, as one of my dear old pals, ...

In the San Diego clubs, March 28–April 3

Thursday 28From the “Z Area” of the distant planet Peelander (aka New York City, New York), “Japanese action comic punks” Peelander-Z invade Soda Bar with their seventh studio set, Space Vacation, a record that trades ...

This week in the San Diego clubs, March 21–27

Thursday 21Christopher Owens’s backstory reads like about a billion dollars’ worth of psychotherapy, unless you got the guy’s pop chops and ability to turn such straw into gold; e.g. (and way beside the point, I ...

In the San Diego clubs, March 14–20

Thursday 14It’s comedy night at the Casbah, as the rock club’s favorite foil, the comic Neil Hamburger, will headline sets by MTV’s Johnny Pemberton, K-Strass of The Office, and our own brash beautician Jennifer Congernaum. ...

In the San Diego clubs, February 28–March 6

Thursday 28The Wildbunch is back. And they “Wanna take you to a gay bar, gay bar, gay bar!” Sexy Trash act Electric Six plug in at Casbah Thursday night. This sextet kicks out the dance ...

In the San Diego clubs, February 20–27

Thursday | 21 NYC “tropical grit pop” duo Ghost Beach popped into the electropop atmosphere last year with the release of their well-received EP Modern Tongues. Imagine Daft Punk remixing Depeche Mode, the Police, Tears ...

Cupid's got a quiver full of shows, San Diego, February 14–20

Thursday 14Happy Valentine’s Day, Crawler followers, Cupid’s got a quiver full of shows tonight, so read real quik and see what sticks: Brooklyn-based “art-rock installation paratroopers” Japanther’s at the Soda Bar with like-minded locals (read ...

OFF! songs...and the rest of the week in San Diego music, February 7–13

Thursday 7Like the very best punk rock, OFF! songs are short, sharp, violent shots that don’t connect with your flesh as much as they insert themselves into your head and proceed to bang their way ...

Quadrophenia mania and the San Diego music scene, January 31-February 6

Thursday 31Atlanta band Nashville Pussy plugs in at Casbah Thursday night. Hubbie and wife guitarists Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys (pronounced Rider Sighs) have been riding this eight-legged Southern-fried sleaze-rock beast since 1996, garnering a ...

Sounds around town, January 24–30

Thursday 24Sunset Strip rock royalty Queen Caveat will rule Bar Pink Thursday night. Led by cagey stage banshee Lauren Little (think young Courtney Love with Joan Jett’s pipes), the hard-rocking quartet’s held residencies at L.A. ...

The week in music in San Diego, January 17-23

The Reader's picks for best pop, rock 'n' soul, punk 'n' blues 'n' all that jazz

Rock 'n' soul 'n' punk 'n' blues 'n' all that jazz in San Diego January 10-16

Thursday 10From the mythical city of Tijuana, borderland goth-pop band Dancing Strangers will visit their beats-borne take on ’80s post-punk (Joy Division, JAMC) on the Tin Can Ale House. Astronauta Jackson (Niña Camara) and Eric ...

Christmas ¡con queso!

Thursday 20“Rex Everything” is in town at the Shakedown. Bassist Nick Oliveri has one hell of a heavy-rock résumé, including stints with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and the Dwarves. These days the Palm ...

Save some tail

Thursday 13Need some art? Want to save some tail? Well, look no furrrther than El Dorado downtown, where lo-fi electro-pop duo Lion Cut is hosting an art auction slash benefit for big kitties. The pair ...

Twelves are wild

Thursday 6I’m not going to geek out on the Black Crowes or the super-soulful singing of that blues-rock jamboree’s ringleader. I’m not. (Dave crowed enough in this week’s Of Note for both of us.) I ...

Don we now our gay apparel

Thursday 29David Eugene Edwards (“DEE” to his faithful fans) was the biblical baritoned bard behind big band 16 Horsepower. When that alt-country powerhouse called it quits in 2005, Edwards dedicated himself to turning the New ...

Tryptophantastic!

Thursday 22Clozz-zz-zzed for Thanksgiving. Tryptophantastic, I’m tired. Friday 23Need to get your groove on and work off a couple extra holiday ell bees? Well, shine up your skids, kids, because funky soul brother Karl Denson ...

For the Bounty We Are About to Crush

Thursday 15“Opinions expressed are subject to being personal, unfunny, and full of typos.” Rosemary Bystrak, blogger and all-around all-arounder, will celebrate six years of her very excellent reportage on the San Diego scene @SD:Dialed In. ...

If I were a ewe

Thursday 8Guitarist/singer Jon Spencer cut his teeth in seminal punk ’n’ roll outfits Pussy Galore and Boss Hog, whose swampy blues-punk hoodoo informed his latest and longest tenure with the NYC-based Blues Explosion, featuring the ...

Candy corn is made out of people

Thursday 25Southwest desert rockers Calexico import the brass, bap, and twang of mariachi, which informs sprawling, country-tuned guitar movements that are filmic, even without the film. Maybe especially without the film. I have seen them ...

Play.Rock.Music

Thursday 18How does a Portland-based punk ’n’ roll band end up calling itself New York Rifles? Tell hometown hit Courtney Taylor-Taylor you’re in need of a name, and the Dandy will lay one on you. ...

Banga, Say Banga

Thursday 11Canadian multimedia artist Claire Boucher, known best by her stage name Grimes, delivers this year’s Polaris-nominated Visions to Porters Pub at UCSD. Her third full-length, and first for indie flagship 4AD, Visions has been ...

Partner in Grime

Thursday 4Longtime partner in grime Gaslamp Killer (Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi) this year broke out with his first solo set, the appropriately titled Breakthrough, out now via Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. GLK breaks down the shapes of ...

Two guns up

Thursday 27Highwayman Billy Don Burns rides into town to highjack the Shakedown stage on Thursday. Burns has produced albums and written songs for country luminaries Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith, and Johnny Paycheck. His ...

Beery debauchery

Thursday 20Gonzo guitarist Ben Chasny gathered his Comets on Fire cohorts for this year’s Drag City doozie Ascent. Under the Six Organs of Admittance moniker, and “with a full band of astronaughties in tote,” Chasny ...

Here's the Thing

Thursday 13Listen to the music, wo oh oh. Bay Area boogie-rock band the Doobie Brothers will be takin’ it to the streets of Harbor Island when they play Humphreys by the Bay tonight. Behind founding ...

Feed Your Head

Thursday 30One-time San Diego–based dirty-blues duo Little Hurricane blows back into town. The SDMA winners (Best New Artist) are out to tout their Homewrecker CD. After a few more West Coast dates, Tone and CC ...

Cosmopolitan Booty

Thursday 23Eighties new-wave staples Flock of Seagulls land at 4th&B Thursday night. Though the band name has become the butt of many a pop-culture joke — Mike Score’s trademark coif the hairpiece of that joke ...

Johnny B. Rad

Thursday 16Rough Trade roots rockers Alabama Shakes rattles and rolls into House of Blues behind this year’s crit hit Boys & Girls. The four-piece, based in Athens, Alabama, infuses Southern rock with an honest take ...

Beer Colonic

Thursday 9Few bands in the Woodsist label’s stable roadtrip like namesake band Woods. The Brooklyn quartet’s folk-pop incantations are immediately listenable, engaging even, peeling away like onions on repeat listens and adding just the right ...

What Summer Slump?

Thursday 2Indie band du jour? Man, non, indie band du nuit! You come across the word “autumnal” a lot when reading about Jersey boys Real Estate. Moody but never morose, they’re more of a summer-nights ...

The Brooklyn Invasion

Thursday 19Georgia-born acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke comes to town for two nights at Little Italy supper club Anthology. The 6- and 12-string picker plays folksy jazz and blues and weaves a fine yarn onstage between ...

Bubu Will Move You

Thursday 12Musical migration. The Bubu king, Janka Nabay, and his Bubu Gang will grace the stage at Bar Pink. Bubu is a traditional folk music of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Once the sound of ...

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