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Stories by Barnaby Monk

Bow Before the King

Thursday 17Soda Bar delivers Baby Buffalo Thursday night. Rami and Odie have been a duo since the first grade, finding common ground in hip-hop music and playing with bees. The Buffalo babies have relocated to ...

...and they're OFF!

Thursday 10Brendan Benson and Raconteur bandmate Jack White released solo efforts on the same date last month. Though White’s Blunderbuss is an adventurous set of off-White Stripes, it lacks staying power. Benson sounds more invested ...

What Now, Son!?

Thursday 26Between Beatlemania, La Bamba, and Walk Hard, singer/songsmith/guitarist Marshall Crenshaw has had a nice, quiet career in rock ’n’ roll. The New Yorker by way of Detroit surfaced in the early ’80s between disco ...

Girl-Getting Goo

Thursday 19The catchy, if kitschy, goth-pop band the Horrors will bring the smoke machines from Coachella to Belly Up this week. Often called “record-collector rock” by those in the know, the Horrors continue to confound ...

Son of a Bitches Brew

Thursday 12Tinnitus will unite us when masters of the psych-rock universe Acid Mothers Temple land at Soda Bar. Led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto, the freakout rock ’n’ soul collective this year released a jazz-chopped wink ...

Mixed Nuts

Thursday 5“Something new, for new people.” Soda Bar stages L.A. punk icon and artist, the Black Flag founder Greg Ginn and the Royal We. The Royal We being he. It’s a solo show backing last ...

Here's Some Must-See TV, Punky

Thursday 22She-punk four-piece the Coathangers hit Tin Can Ale House with last year’s v. recommendable Larceny & Old Lace, the Atlanta band’s second on Seattle-based label Suicide Squeeze and first recorded in an actual, factual ...

Wall-to-Wall Shag

Thursday 15I believe it was Henry Miller who wrote in his controversial best-seller Tropic of Canada that “No man is an island.” No man except Nicholas Thorburn, aka Nicky Diamonds, frontman for tropical-pop group Islands. ...

R&B Murder

Thursday 8The whitest rapper, that albino artiste Brother Ali, will preach to the beer-basted choir at Porter’s Pub in La Jolla. The 34-year-old Minnesotan’s part of indie hip-hop’s Rhymesayers stable. Ali is out in advance ...

I Like Girls

Thursday 1<br>A couple of country outlaws will ride through town this week, as that “Okie from Muskogee,” Merle Haggard, takes the stage at the Balboa Theatre downtown Thursday night, and Willie Nelson takes that very ...

Chainsaw Pop

Thursday 23<br>From New Orleans, the “Ninth Ward’s torchiest torch singer,” Linnzi Zaorski, visits America’s finest this weekend. Zaorski is what Grampy would call a “blonde bombshell” because she’s got that movie-star style. With tats. The ...

Uncommon Denominator

Thursday 16She’s the uncommon denominator of roots-rocking punk bands X, Knitters, Original Sinners, and Auntie Christ, the vinyl-voiced punk poetess queen Exene will take down the Shakedown with fellow L.A. alum, Blaster Phil Alvin. Exene ...

Cupid Has a Crossbow

Thursday 9First things first: get your Valentine’s Day datebook in order. Candy, flowers, dinner rezzies, whatever you do to woo, dude, lady dude, I suggest you get on it — Cupid’s got a crossbow.... A’ight. ...

Happy to Oblige

Thursday 26How many times have you torn past the windmills on your way up to Joshua Tree with the high desert’s fragrant furnace and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road blasting in the truck cab? ...

¡Mexitronicaaaaaaa!

Thursday 19America’s Finest! Where punk rockers wear Dockers! SoCal punk perennials Total Chaos hit Brick by Brick with them drunkin’ punkin’ idiots D.P.I. and Social Spit spinning a maelstrom of a pit. Rob Chaos and ...

Smells Like Rock in Gucci Shoes

Thursday 12Natty Chula Veestans the Beautiful View will drop their Requiemme Records debut, Life Is Beautiful, at Casbah tonight. TBV’s well-appointed pop sounds like alt-radio (think Killers, Interpol) but smells like rock in Gucci shoes. ...

Punk Club Gigolo

Thursday 5“We can always blame it on the weather” may not resonate in sunny San Diego, but when the husky-voiced neo-soul vocalist and master bassist Meshell Ndegeocello delivers the lyric, you will nod along. Ndegeocello ...

Get on the Stick!

Thursday 29Middle East boogaloo. And belly-dancing! Oaktown entertainers and festival faves Beats Antique bring their latest and greatest, Elektrafone, to Belly Up for a night of tribal partying and gyrating belly buttons. “Sidecar” Tommy says ...

Blowing Up Skirts

Thursday 15According to the Wik, white buffalo are American bison considered sacred signs in several Native American religions. Last.fm says White Buffalo’s “a throwback to the time of hard-touring, hard-drinking artists who lived what they ...

Little Extra Holiday Cash

Thursday 8“Well, it’s hard to get too bored when you pick the right two chords.” There’s the rub. Anti-folkie/cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis has a knack for the two-chord attack; like early Mountain Goats or Jonathan Richman, ...

Season's Beatings

Thursday 1Avant-gardians Cave will play Neverendless at Tin Can Ale House. It’ll seem that way, anyway, if you’re not into adventurous instrumentalists. Measure your head against this year’s Drag City disc, as the Chicago-based psych-rock ...

Listen Up, Philistines

Thursday 17They Might Be Giants share a crate at my place with Devo, Ridgeway, Pere Ubu, Zevon...the satirists. Witty distractions from too-commercial pop culture, like movies by the Coens or reading Vonnegut. Healthy snacks! Johns ...

Tufnel Day Is Upon Us

Thursday 10<br>Austin rock-n-soul septet Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears pours into Belly Up behind Scandalous, the big band’s sophomore set of feel-good rhythm-n-blues. Scandalous dropped in March via Americana staple Lost Highway, but this ...

Heady Metal

Thursday 3<br>Vancouver musician Stephen McBean has a split personality. Lucky for him — and classic-rock revivalists — both personalities are guitarists into album rock. The diff: one’s got a closet full of hard-rock concert Tees ...

Speaking of Paranormal...

Thursday 27<br>Desert-metal band Fatso Jetson blows in from the same Palm Desert dune that spawned Kyuss, Fu Manchu, and Queens of the Stone Age. Must be something in the scalding air out there (boredom) that ...

Trickle-Down Musicnomics

Thursday 20<br>A couple NorCal indie hits bring it south to Belly Up, as garage-punk’s rising stock Ty Segal takes the stage with slack-rock icon Stephen Malkmus. I saw Segal at this year’s FYF and dude’s ...

The Donald Trump of Punk

Thursday 13<br>Yeah Bud! Portland funky-tonk trio the Quick & Easy Boys ride into Bar Pink behind last year’s A.D.D.-afflicted disc Red Light Rabbit, a genre mashup that found the boys fiddlin’ in-studio with “a mix ...

Doom Metal Garden Tools

Thursday 29<br>A trio of male Nurses will administer healing sounds at Soda Bar tonight. The Portland band’s crisp, sweet Apples Acre, its 2009 Dead Oceans debut, was an easy comp to the Cure (circa The ...

Gypsies Scare Me

Thursday 22<br>The Weekend comes on Thursday this week. The SanFran band signed to Slumberland for full-length debut Sports. The trio’s fuzz-pop sound fits well with the Slumberland roster (esp. A Place to Bury Strangers), but ...

Yuppie Hipsters

Thursday 15<br>From Ameritown (somewhere between Philly and L.A.), indie power-pop trio Eastern Conference Champions defends its title at Bar Pink. ECC’s best known for its takes on the blockbuster Twilight series soundtracks, but the collections ...

Here's the Thing...

Thursday 8<br>Here’s the Thing... The San Diego Music Thing (née North Park Music Thing)(née North by North Park)(née Southern California Regional Confab for the Continued Commodification of Rock and Roll) launches tonight with a kickoff ...

Rock a Cause

Thursday 1<br>For those of you not going to Burning Man this week, Awesome Fest 5 arrives uptown tonight at Soda Bar and Eleven. Like the ethos: “SoCal DIY punk community brought together for a love ...

Moody, Standard and Poor

Thursday 25<br>“Honey, I’m home.” Ex-Jehu/Hot Snake Rick Froberg’s back, and he’s brought his Brooklyn band the Obits. Alongside Edsel’s Sohrab Habibion, these two slingers know how to roll and right when to rock, wrapping casual, ...

Jamming Up the Debt Ceiling

Thursday 11<br>“Clap Your Hands,” Australian diva Sia’s at House of Blues behind last year’s dance-pop chart-topper We Are Born, a surprisingly upbeat collection for the former Zero 7 vocalist. Sia says she’s purging all that ...

The Future of Classic Rock

Thursday 4<br>One of doom metal’s many shades of black is called Yob. The Oregon trio behind mainstay Mike Scheidt has consistently explored the artifice of the genre, melding heavy metal ore with sonic psychedelia and ...

Amplifier Fryers

Thursday 28<br>Three nights of pissah punk-n-roll shows as that hooligan haberdasher Brixton brings its fourth annual Johnny Rad Fest to Uptown this weekend. It kicks off tonight at Til-Two, where Seattle’s “punk for the people” ...

Geek Week

Thursday 21<br>It’s geek week here in America’s Finest, the one week each year that I actually feel pret-ty darn cool. For fellow nerf herders not into “Con,” read on... SanFran’s garage-rock one-man band Ty Segall ...

I Am Dumb, and So Are You

Thursday 7 “I’m in love, love with you baby...I am dumb and so are you.” SanFran folk-punk band Sonny & the Sunsets flip the dial through ’50s sock-hop ’n’ doo-wop, ’60s psych-pop, and ’70s novelty ...

Knob Twiddlers and Pedal Diddlers

Thursday 23<br>At 75 years young, Andre Williams is hotter than ever. The vanguard of sleaze rock, once known as “Mr. Rhythm” (comedian Redd Foxx dubbed him that), is better known now as “the Black Godfather,” ...

Rocket Sauce

Thursday 16<br>...And You Will Know Us by Our Wicked Long Name fills up that tiny little chalkboard on the Casbah door tonight. After a few false starts in the mid ’90s, the Austin act broke ...

Rock-Opera Badassery

Thursday 9<br>“Flower-punk” four-piece the Black Lips will lay a big wet one on Casbah. The Atlanta band was lumped last decade with the likes of King Kahn and Jay Reatard as leaders of the garage-punk ...

Same Cult, Different Disciples

Thursday 26<br>Folk-pop Portlandians Drew Grow and the Pastors’ Wives load into Bar Pink Thursday night. It’s been a rough-and-tumble winter for Grow, who wrecked the band’s van in a January Nor’wester. Back on his feet ...

Want to Be in Hardcore?

Thursday 19 Sean Carey is one edumacated drummer. He’s got a degree in drumming from U.W.-Eau Claire; i.e., he doesn’t do songs, he does compositions. Carey helped fill out Bon Iver’s stark sound as they ...

The Fate of the World Is Safe in Crystal Castles

Thursday 12 “The fate of the world is safe in Crystal Castles,” so says “Alice Practice,” the accidental mic-check track that went viral and made Ethan Kath and Alice Glass of Canadian electro duo Crystal ...

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Thursday 5 Cinco de Mayo means “games and prizes!” at Eleven and a helluva garage-punk rawker with early sets by ’70s slurrers los Last Years, ex-Sess cats los Shiva Trash, and Spanish 101 Ramones Los ...

Itching to Shred

Thursday 28 Up for some “intellegent fun”? That’s how L.A. rap duo Afro Classics (feat. Scarub of Living Legends and Very of Us Pros) describes this year’s Classic Rock, their first release together in a ...

Space-Rock Invasion

Thursday 21 Orange County kids Janu and the Whalesharks swim their storied songcraft into the Loft at UCSD. What stands out with this quartet is the pristine harmonies of brother and sister front folks Jake ...

Punk the Fussies

Thursday 14 You miss me last week? Liar. Got lots of cool to-dos to do, so follow the bouncing balls...from Athens, GA, psych-rock trio Maserati pulls into Soda Bar behind their latest and spaciest to ...

Hold on to Your Thinking Cap, Longhair

Thursday 31 Messi, Puyol, Xavi, Furia, Manso — ¡Ole! Barcelona lounge lovers the Pinker Tones roll into Til-Two tonight behind their latest, Modular, a melting pot of world beats (and languages) with an electro-funk attitude. ...

Your Mom Likes Sad Sackery

Thursday 24Dood, say hi to your mom. Seattle songsmith Eric Elbogen dropped “Your Mom” in ’08 and simply calls himself Say Hi these days. He’s out to tout this year’s Barsuk offering Um, Uh Oh, ...

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