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

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

In the glow of Operation: Mindblow's liquid light show, local psych-bent heavies Earthless will headline sets at Casbah Saturday night!
In the glow of Operation: Mindblow's liquid light show, local psych-bent heavies Earthless will headline sets at Casbah Saturday night!
Retro-rocker Hanni El Khatib takes the stage at Casbah Thursday night.

Thursday 5
Hanni 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 Moonlight bounces around dirty White Stripes and blacker Black Keys (he’s been touched up by Auerbach), like Jon Spencer on a bender aping (not hating — making them his own) radio staples. He’s been called “the punk Devendra Banhardt,” which is a 7-10 split, sonically, but lyrically jibes with HEK’s own soundbite: “I write songs for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train.” His first three records are a progression, and I recommend listening to them that way, but for you ADD types, drop your virtual needle on a couple of would-be singles, his early favorite “Build. Destroy. Rebuild.” and this year’s “Mexico.” HEK headlines sets at Casbah Thursday night after our own Shady Francos and the Kabbs for what should be the gig to see this weekend.... Best of the rest finds S (she’s Jenn Ghetto of Carissa’s Weird) playing Bar Pink behind her latest, the Chris Walla (Death Cab) produced Cool Choices...House of Blues Voodoo Room stages a Soda Bar–curated show, featuring a three-course pop-punk meal of You Blew It!, Tiny Moving Parts, and Rozwell Kid...and singer/guitarist Brett Scallions of Fuel will go “Unplugged: Roots to Rock” at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick. Local singer/songwriter Christopher Dale will open the show.

New wave duo Generationals play the Casbah on Friday.

Friday 6
New wave from New Orleans: what’s old is new in the hands of indie-pop duo Generationals, whose latest record, Alix, dumps (most of) the gimmickry that undermines the genre for more musical pursuits. Lead-off tracks “Black Lemon” and “Gold Silver Diamond” seem to be enough for their Amazon followers, “who also bought Alt-J, Stars, Ex Hex, and TV on the Radio,” if that helps your purchase decision-making. I’m deep into the record right now, and it’s a hella fun listen that arcs from Pet Shop Boys and OMD to MGMT. Guilty-pleasure territory. Generationals take the stage at Casbah Friday night after Denver-based “sultry, synthy” quartet Rose Quartz.... Else: from Venice Beach, folk-festival-flavored dance band Magic Giant’s at Soda Bar with our own soul-rockers Hills Like Elephants and the old-timey tuned G Burns Jug Band (they got fiddles, an accordion, a tuba, and a washboard!)...country-rapper/reality TV star Big Smo’s at Brick by Brick behind his breakthrough, Kuntry Livin’...or if you’re due a weekend away, make it Joshua Tree, with a few evening forays up to Pioneertown’s BBQ supper club Pappy & Harriet’s, where on Friday, San Diego’s curatorial crate-diggers Rio Peligroso rock ’n’ tonk the high-desert hideaway, and then on Saturday night, it’s dead-eye Americana act Dead Rock West. I am due a weekend away, and I am so inclined, so if you make it up there, come by, say “Hi!” I’ll be the mook with the barbecue beard and the Pats 2015 NFL Champions T-shirt. Bite it, deflater haters.

Country-fried folkies Dead Rock West play high-desert hideaway Pappy & Harriets Saturday night!

Saturday 7
On Saturday, Vinyl Junkies set up at Casbah from 11a till 5p for an afternoon of cocktail sippin’ and crate flippin’, whilst local luminaries Jon Kanis, Jeff Terich, Mike Halloran, Records with Roger, and Vaughn Avakian spin their own favorite waxy trax...and then Saturnight, psych-bent heavies Earthless play the Middletown stage after their sonic siblings Arctic and Loom. Bonus: Operation: Mindblow’s liquid light show will colour the room. Yes, colour with a “u.” Super bonus! Be sure to catch up with Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba in this week’s “Captain Beyond” Blurt.... Around town, you’ve also got SoCal hardcore staples Excel at Soda Bar with Rotting Out...dubstep dude RL Grime plugs in at Soma to deliver his debut, Void...pretty convincing Depeche Mode tribute Strangelove’s bringing Music for the Masses to House of Blues...while up in the rurals, royal Southern-rock bloodlines Allman and Neville grace the Ramona Mainstage in the form of Royal Southern Brotherhood. Fans of the Meters brand won’t want to miss it.

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Retro-rocker Hanni El Khatib takes the stage at Casbah Thursday night.

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Hanni 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 Moonlight bounces around dirty White Stripes and blacker Black Keys (he’s been touched up by Auerbach), like Jon Spencer on a bender aping (not hating — making them his own) radio staples. He’s been called “the punk Devendra Banhardt,” which is a 7-10 split, sonically, but lyrically jibes with HEK’s own soundbite: “I write songs for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train.” His first three records are a progression, and I recommend listening to them that way, but for you ADD types, drop your virtual needle on a couple of would-be singles, his early favorite “Build. Destroy. Rebuild.” and this year’s “Mexico.” HEK headlines sets at Casbah Thursday night after our own Shady Francos and the Kabbs for what should be the gig to see this weekend.... Best of the rest finds S (she’s Jenn Ghetto of Carissa’s Weird) playing Bar Pink behind her latest, the Chris Walla (Death Cab) produced Cool Choices...House of Blues Voodoo Room stages a Soda Bar–curated show, featuring a three-course pop-punk meal of You Blew It!, Tiny Moving Parts, and Rozwell Kid...and singer/guitarist Brett Scallions of Fuel will go “Unplugged: Roots to Rock” at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick. Local singer/songwriter Christopher Dale will open the show.

New wave duo Generationals play the Casbah on Friday.

Friday 6
New wave from New Orleans: what’s old is new in the hands of indie-pop duo Generationals, whose latest record, Alix, dumps (most of) the gimmickry that undermines the genre for more musical pursuits. Lead-off tracks “Black Lemon” and “Gold Silver Diamond” seem to be enough for their Amazon followers, “who also bought Alt-J, Stars, Ex Hex, and TV on the Radio,” if that helps your purchase decision-making. I’m deep into the record right now, and it’s a hella fun listen that arcs from Pet Shop Boys and OMD to MGMT. Guilty-pleasure territory. Generationals take the stage at Casbah Friday night after Denver-based “sultry, synthy” quartet Rose Quartz.... Else: from Venice Beach, folk-festival-flavored dance band Magic Giant’s at Soda Bar with our own soul-rockers Hills Like Elephants and the old-timey tuned G Burns Jug Band (they got fiddles, an accordion, a tuba, and a washboard!)...country-rapper/reality TV star Big Smo’s at Brick by Brick behind his breakthrough, Kuntry Livin’...or if you’re due a weekend away, make it Joshua Tree, with a few evening forays up to Pioneertown’s BBQ supper club Pappy & Harriet’s, where on Friday, San Diego’s curatorial crate-diggers Rio Peligroso rock ’n’ tonk the high-desert hideaway, and then on Saturday night, it’s dead-eye Americana act Dead Rock West. I am due a weekend away, and I am so inclined, so if you make it up there, come by, say “Hi!” I’ll be the mook with the barbecue beard and the Pats 2015 NFL Champions T-shirt. Bite it, deflater haters.

Country-fried folkies Dead Rock West play high-desert hideaway Pappy & Harriets Saturday night!

Saturday 7
On Saturday, Vinyl Junkies set up at Casbah from 11a till 5p for an afternoon of cocktail sippin’ and crate flippin’, whilst local luminaries Jon Kanis, Jeff Terich, Mike Halloran, Records with Roger, and Vaughn Avakian spin their own favorite waxy trax...and then Saturnight, psych-bent heavies Earthless play the Middletown stage after their sonic siblings Arctic and Loom. Bonus: Operation: Mindblow’s liquid light show will colour the room. Yes, colour with a “u.” Super bonus! Be sure to catch up with Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba in this week’s “Captain Beyond” Blurt.... Around town, you’ve also got SoCal hardcore staples Excel at Soda Bar with Rotting Out...dubstep dude RL Grime plugs in at Soma to deliver his debut, Void...pretty convincing Depeche Mode tribute Strangelove’s bringing Music for the Masses to House of Blues...while up in the rurals, royal Southern-rock bloodlines Allman and Neville grace the Ramona Mainstage in the form of Royal Southern Brotherhood. Fans of the Meters brand won’t want to miss it.

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