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Zombies, Blondie, Midnight Pine

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

Say chk chk chk: Soda Bar sets up the always-entertaining dance-punk band !!! on Thursday night!!!
Say chk chk chk: Soda Bar sets up the always-entertaining dance-punk band !!! on Thursday night!!!
Belly Up stages English psych-pop band the Zombies Thursday night.

Thursday 8
The English psychedelic-pop group the Zombies, best known for ’60s radio hits “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” last year released the warmly received Still Got That Hunger record. Original Zombies Rod Argent (keyboards) and Colin Blunstone (vocals) may still have that hunger after 50 years of music-making, but they’ve left the psychedelic bent and soaring melodies of 1968’s high-water mark, Odessey and Oracle, in the past, opting for “a more straightforward blues-rock sound,” according to Rolling Stone, which lists Odessey in its top 100 albums of all time. You can be sure the Zombies will plunder that album and their other hits when they play Belly Up on Thursday. A top-shelf songwriter in his own right, Bruce Sudano, who penned hits for Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and his late wife, the Grammy Award–winning singer Donna Summer, will open the show.... Else: the subject of 2016 rock-doc Hard Lovin’ Woman, the actress-turned-actress/rocker Juliette Lewis, sold out her Casbah show, surprising no one...but dance-punk band !!! (say chk chk chk) sets up at Soda Bar behind last year’s well-received record, As If. The “post-modern funk soul rap rock” septet from Arcata, California, Velvet Touch, will open the show...TR/ST and Cold Cave split an electropop bill at the Music Box in Little Italy...while Bayside headlines pop-punk sets by the Menzingers and Sorority Noise at Observatory North Park.

Midnight Pine plays a record-release for their new self-titled set at Moniker Warehouse on Friday.

Friday 9
Midnight Pine’s new self-titled set promises to be at the top of the heap of this year’s local releases, as the band stretches out from their comfy folkie zone into more soulful, groove-based beat-rock, and velvety vocalist Shelbi Bennett, from what I’m hearing, not only meets the beats but embellishes them with those mood-shifting pipes of hers. Local radio station 91X has already propped the lead single, "Vice," as a pick hit this month and will be spinning it throughout September. Midnight Pine will play a record-release date at the Moniker Warehouse downtown, with all sorts of goodies if you preorder tix through their website, so get on the stick, and I’ll see you downtown Friday night.... Best of the rest on Friday finds “the Lost ’80s” date at Humphreys, wherein Wang-Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes, Dramarama, Tommy Tutone, the Motels, and Cutting Crew take turns new-waving the bayside stage...Soda Bar serves Work Drugs, a Philly-based dream-pop duo, with likeminded Los Angelenos Satchmode and Slares...Tower Bar stages punk’d rock by Low and Be Told (ex-Marsupials and UJBOD — George!), after the mighty fiery Obligerant and Cabuloan...while industrial electronic act Assemblage 33 sets up at Casbah, where DJ Robin Roth takes to the decks pre-set.

New wave greats Blondie take the stage at the Observatory on Saturday!

Saturday 10
Singer and style-maven Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein started the punky new-wave band Blondie in mid-’70s Manhattan, quickly becoming regulars at East Coast punk’s ground-zero CBGB. Incorporating elements of disco and pop into their punk-rock beats, the band broke into the mainstream with several early singles, including signature hits “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass,” which to my ears still ring true. On the band’s 40th anniversary in 2014 they released the two-record set Blondie 4(0) Ever/Ghosts of Download — a greatest-hits disc backed with an all-original tenth record from the revitalized band. Catch up with Blondie when they take the stage at Observatory North Park after L.A. glam-rock band Prima Donna on Saturday.... Else: Japanese Oi! punk band Anger Flares will light up the Soda stage on Saturday. Aggroculture U.S., the Touchies, and the Pope Virgins open the show...get some Beantown emo when Somos plays Ché Café after Free Throw and High Waisted...San Diego’s hard-hitting prog rockers Mursic headline sets at the Merrow after Dirge for November and Lumivore...and there’s some “surf-folk” Trouble in the Wind on the Casbah stage with Red Fox Tails and Sick Balloons.

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Say chk chk chk: Soda Bar sets up the always-entertaining dance-punk band !!! on Thursday night!!!
Say chk chk chk: Soda Bar sets up the always-entertaining dance-punk band !!! on Thursday night!!!
Belly Up stages English psych-pop band the Zombies Thursday night.

Thursday 8
The English psychedelic-pop group the Zombies, best known for ’60s radio hits “Tell Her No,” “She’s Not There,” and “Time of the Season,” last year released the warmly received Still Got That Hunger record. Original Zombies Rod Argent (keyboards) and Colin Blunstone (vocals) may still have that hunger after 50 years of music-making, but they’ve left the psychedelic bent and soaring melodies of 1968’s high-water mark, Odessey and Oracle, in the past, opting for “a more straightforward blues-rock sound,” according to Rolling Stone, which lists Odessey in its top 100 albums of all time. You can be sure the Zombies will plunder that album and their other hits when they play Belly Up on Thursday. A top-shelf songwriter in his own right, Bruce Sudano, who penned hits for Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, and his late wife, the Grammy Award–winning singer Donna Summer, will open the show.... Else: the subject of 2016 rock-doc Hard Lovin’ Woman, the actress-turned-actress/rocker Juliette Lewis, sold out her Casbah show, surprising no one...but dance-punk band !!! (say chk chk chk) sets up at Soda Bar behind last year’s well-received record, As If. The “post-modern funk soul rap rock” septet from Arcata, California, Velvet Touch, will open the show...TR/ST and Cold Cave split an electropop bill at the Music Box in Little Italy...while Bayside headlines pop-punk sets by the Menzingers and Sorority Noise at Observatory North Park.

Midnight Pine plays a record-release for their new self-titled set at Moniker Warehouse on Friday.

Friday 9
Midnight Pine’s new self-titled set promises to be at the top of the heap of this year’s local releases, as the band stretches out from their comfy folkie zone into more soulful, groove-based beat-rock, and velvety vocalist Shelbi Bennett, from what I’m hearing, not only meets the beats but embellishes them with those mood-shifting pipes of hers. Local radio station 91X has already propped the lead single, "Vice," as a pick hit this month and will be spinning it throughout September. Midnight Pine will play a record-release date at the Moniker Warehouse downtown, with all sorts of goodies if you preorder tix through their website, so get on the stick, and I’ll see you downtown Friday night.... Best of the rest on Friday finds “the Lost ’80s” date at Humphreys, wherein Wang-Chung, A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes, Dramarama, Tommy Tutone, the Motels, and Cutting Crew take turns new-waving the bayside stage...Soda Bar serves Work Drugs, a Philly-based dream-pop duo, with likeminded Los Angelenos Satchmode and Slares...Tower Bar stages punk’d rock by Low and Be Told (ex-Marsupials and UJBOD — George!), after the mighty fiery Obligerant and Cabuloan...while industrial electronic act Assemblage 33 sets up at Casbah, where DJ Robin Roth takes to the decks pre-set.

New wave greats Blondie take the stage at the Observatory on Saturday!

Saturday 10
Singer and style-maven Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein started the punky new-wave band Blondie in mid-’70s Manhattan, quickly becoming regulars at East Coast punk’s ground-zero CBGB. Incorporating elements of disco and pop into their punk-rock beats, the band broke into the mainstream with several early singles, including signature hits “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass,” which to my ears still ring true. On the band’s 40th anniversary in 2014 they released the two-record set Blondie 4(0) Ever/Ghosts of Download — a greatest-hits disc backed with an all-original tenth record from the revitalized band. Catch up with Blondie when they take the stage at Observatory North Park after L.A. glam-rock band Prima Donna on Saturday.... Else: Japanese Oi! punk band Anger Flares will light up the Soda stage on Saturday. Aggroculture U.S., the Touchies, and the Pope Virgins open the show...get some Beantown emo when Somos plays Ché Café after Free Throw and High Waisted...San Diego’s hard-hitting prog rockers Mursic headline sets at the Merrow after Dirge for November and Lumivore...and there’s some “surf-folk” Trouble in the Wind on the Casbah stage with Red Fox Tails and Sick Balloons.

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