Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo brings his new punk-metal thing, Dead Cross, to Casbah Tuesday night!
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One of our favorite local bands, Dani Bell and the Tarantist, sting Whistle Stop with their ghost town rock Sunday night.

Sunday 29
Ghost 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 echoing guitar, R&B beats, and sultry vocal purr (Dani Bell has got Hope Sandoval’s sweet sting). I’ve yet to catch the up-and-coming locals live (the band also features Al Howard and “Charlie the Boombox”), but seeing as they’re playing one of my favorite watering holes on one of my favorite nights to get bent, I am so down. Haunting no-wavers Spooky Cigarette and acid-tone trio Strange Planet up first.... The Peach Kings grace the stage at Casbah Sunday night. According to the L.A. duo’s Fakebook, Paige Wood and Steven Dies’s “sexy and relatable rock and roll is the soundtrack for their intimate love story. With a vibe and stage presence often compared to the Kills and the White Stripes, their sound and aesthetic is a nod to classic cult directors like Lynch, Tarantino, and Andersen.” That and they are hubba hubba hot. Our own model-rocker Toothless George opens the show.... Best of the rest Sunday night: Soda Bar sets up Lex — “four women making fantasy synth sounds” — with two women making other kinds of sounds, Emily Afton and Lila Rose...while jazz-influenced electropop duo the Bird & the Bee buzz into the Irenic behind this year’s well-received Recreational Love record.

Soda Bar sets up heady metal shredders Intronaut on Monday.

Monday 30
The film director, screenwriter, artist, and stand-up comedian John Waters will bring his seasonal staged monologue about all things merry and dark back to town! The bizarro bard of Baltimore dons his gay apparel at the Observatory Monday night.... Should I stay or should I go to Clash Undercover at the Office? Looking at the list of local talent laying it down, I should go...unless I get sucked into the black hole of Intronaut, which lands at Soda Bar after Weight of the Sun and Sensory Station. L.A.’s Intronaut are prog-metal technicians who have reached a busy, beguiling warp speed with this year’s The Direction of Last Things. Stretch out those necks, bobbleheads, and leave the air guitar in the car. You can’t keep up.

Country kitty cat Nikki Lane takes the all-ages stage at the Irenic Tuesday night!

Tuesday 1
“There’s no time to sing ‘We Are the World’ or all this bullshit, we’re all pissed right now, and there’s no better way to release anger than to be in a punk band and write punk music.” That’s Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo talking to Lombardo’s holding forth about his new band, Dead Cross, and holding down rhythm for his new haywire crew, which includes San Diego dudes Justin Pearson on bass, Mike Crain on guitar, and singer Gabe Serbian. Dead Cross splits a hardcore bill at Casbah with Mexico City’s punk cabaret Descartes a Kant.... She’s a little bit country, she’s a little bit rock and roll. Nikki Lane, South Carolina’s answer to Wanda Jackson, is touring in support of her second hit record of outlaw country, All or Nothin’, and will take the all-ages stage at the Irenic on Tuesday night. Reader pop critic Dave Good talks to Lane and breaks the gig down for you in his weekly Of Note.

Wednesday 2
Til-Two has Tiltwheel humpnight. The longtime San Diego “drunk rock” trio of Davey Tilt, Paul Trash, and J. Wang will share the stage with L.A. pop-ponk three-piece Gentlemen Prefer Blood and local faves Western Settings, who will be kicking off their West Coast winter tour...or, OR, phlashy dance-beats dude and phestival phavorite Phutureprimitive plugs in his pumpin’ pyramid at the Irenic, if you’re looking to bust your nu-hippie moves.

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