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As clear and obvious as a pair of sandals and a tie-dye t-shirt

Terror, Lemon Twigs, Michigan Rattlers, Meteors

Terror at Soma on September 28
Terror at Soma on September 28
Past Event

Terror and Harm's Way

  • Friday, September 28, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Soma, 3350 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego
  • $18 - $20
Terror

Hardcore and metal concerts have long been a staple at Soma, dating all the way back to its original locales around town, and people are still talking about the time that Terror played there in 2008, a show with so many bodies flying around that it seemed as if gravity itself had fled the room. They’ve since returned several times with their 50-50 blend of metal and hardcore, most recently in support of their album The 25th Hour, which reunited them with producer Paul Miner from their first studio full-length in 2004. Only two members remain from their debut, accident prone singer Scott Vogel (who keeps busting bones and slipping discs) and drummer Nick Jett. However, guitarists Martin Stewart and Jordan Posner have been aboard since 2006 and 2009, respectively, with several albums and EPs recorded together and multiple tours under their collective belts, including a memorable run with recently reunited locals As I Lay Dying. A new full-length is said to be due later this year, Total Retaliation. As with their 2016 road trip, Terror is again teaming up with Chicago straight edge hardcore punk rockers Harm’s Way, for a tour that opens September 28 at Soma and includes Backtrack, Year of the Knife, and Candy.

Past Event

The Lemon Twigs and Jungle Green

  • Friday, October 19, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 18+ / $18 - $20
The Lemon Twigs

Any time you put the word “lemon” in your band name, you’re giving potential listeners a hint as to your sound as clear and obvious as a pair of sandals and a tie-dye t-shirt. The Lemon Pipers (remember “Green Tambourine”?) were so sugar-coated psychedelic that, to this day, the mere sight of the colorful old Buddah-Kama Sutra record label can trigger LSD flashbacks. The Lemonheads have been manufacturing aural acid since the early 80s, and the music of British electro-duo Lemon Jelly sounds like what would happen if you gave one of the Transformers two turntables, a microphone, and a Dumpster-load of ecstasy. Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, aka the Lemon Twigs, aspire to the same sort of paisley baroque pop pioneered by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, refined by Badfinger and Big Star, and pretty much perfected by World Party, XTC, Oasis, and PM Dawn. Their debut album, Do Hollywood, was an utter time capsule that earned them enough notice for a slot at Coachella 2017, where they were joined onstage by once and future wizard and true star Todd Rundgren. Their sophomore album Go to School drops this month, with a support tour scheduled to hit the Music Box on October 19, where the siblings will be accompanied by newly hired backing players making their first trek with the band. The bill includes Chicago rockers Jungle Green.

Past Event

Michigan Rattlers and Ypsitucky

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $10
Michigan Rattlers

Since the success of deep-fried Americana acts like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the retro-folkie field has exploded with new olden bands, each with varying degrees of dedication to authenticity. Guitarist Graham Young and bassist Adam Reed, aka Michigan Rattlers (actually based in L.A. now), aren’t adverse to modern recording techniques and instrumentation, but they still managed to track most of their debut EP is a single day’s recording session. When it comes to their lyrics, however, you could read any random set and have no clue whether they were written a hundred years ago, or last month. Don’t hold it against them that Rolling Stone named the group one of “Ten Country Artists You Need to Know” and assume they’re just another shitkicker duo like Drive-By Truckers. The new Michigan Rattlers single, “Just Good Night,” sports boogie woogie piano courtesy of new keyboardist Christian Wilder that puts the tune more in the realm of a Tom Petty rocker, with memorable and timeless lyrics such as “The radio makes me crazy, and the silence does the same, but there’s a savior of the sunrise just behind the mountain range.” Now a trio with a new covers EP to promote, Wasting the Meaning, their October 28 appearance at Soda Bar will be opened by local country rockers Ypsitucky.

Past Event

The Meteors

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue, San Diego
  • 21+ / $20
The Meteors

UK psychobilly rockers the Meteors have made the rounds in San Diego over the past decade, playing venues like the House of Blues and Queen Bee’s, but the local stage they’ve visited most is Brick by Brick, where they return November 1 to debut new songs currently being tracked at Wolftone Studios. Aside from the new stuff, they’ve got nearly 40 years of setlist material to choose from, with around two dozen studio albums and another dozen live releases, and you’d be hard pressed to find any psychobilly compilation ever curated that doesn’t include at least one Meteors track. The only founding member who remains, P. Paul Fenech, is one of the most prolific songwriters in the biz, the Stephen King of psychobilly, scoring films and TV shows as well as releasing nearly a dozen more solo albums, soundtracking video games, and playing in side projects such as the Murder Brothers, Raw Deal, and the Surfing Dead. Looking at publicity pics for the current tour and listening to their most recent album, 2016’s The Power of 3, you’d never guess that the Meteors, who were born around the same time as the Rubik’s Cube first hit the market, will soon play their 6000th gig. Only a handful of similar bands such as the Cramps ever enjoyed such longevity (1976-2009, through the death of Lux Interior), and few are likely to outlast them.

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Terror at Soma on September 28
Terror at Soma on September 28
Past Event

Terror and Harm's Way

  • Friday, September 28, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Soma, 3350 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego
  • $18 - $20
Terror

Hardcore and metal concerts have long been a staple at Soma, dating all the way back to its original locales around town, and people are still talking about the time that Terror played there in 2008, a show with so many bodies flying around that it seemed as if gravity itself had fled the room. They’ve since returned several times with their 50-50 blend of metal and hardcore, most recently in support of their album The 25th Hour, which reunited them with producer Paul Miner from their first studio full-length in 2004. Only two members remain from their debut, accident prone singer Scott Vogel (who keeps busting bones and slipping discs) and drummer Nick Jett. However, guitarists Martin Stewart and Jordan Posner have been aboard since 2006 and 2009, respectively, with several albums and EPs recorded together and multiple tours under their collective belts, including a memorable run with recently reunited locals As I Lay Dying. A new full-length is said to be due later this year, Total Retaliation. As with their 2016 road trip, Terror is again teaming up with Chicago straight edge hardcore punk rockers Harm’s Way, for a tour that opens September 28 at Soma and includes Backtrack, Year of the Knife, and Candy.

Past Event

The Lemon Twigs and Jungle Green

  • Friday, October 19, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 18+ / $18 - $20
The Lemon Twigs

Any time you put the word “lemon” in your band name, you’re giving potential listeners a hint as to your sound as clear and obvious as a pair of sandals and a tie-dye t-shirt. The Lemon Pipers (remember “Green Tambourine”?) were so sugar-coated psychedelic that, to this day, the mere sight of the colorful old Buddah-Kama Sutra record label can trigger LSD flashbacks. The Lemonheads have been manufacturing aural acid since the early 80s, and the music of British electro-duo Lemon Jelly sounds like what would happen if you gave one of the Transformers two turntables, a microphone, and a Dumpster-load of ecstasy. Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, aka the Lemon Twigs, aspire to the same sort of paisley baroque pop pioneered by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, refined by Badfinger and Big Star, and pretty much perfected by World Party, XTC, Oasis, and PM Dawn. Their debut album, Do Hollywood, was an utter time capsule that earned them enough notice for a slot at Coachella 2017, where they were joined onstage by once and future wizard and true star Todd Rundgren. Their sophomore album Go to School drops this month, with a support tour scheduled to hit the Music Box on October 19, where the siblings will be accompanied by newly hired backing players making their first trek with the band. The bill includes Chicago rockers Jungle Green.

Past Event

Michigan Rattlers and Ypsitucky

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $10
Michigan Rattlers

Since the success of deep-fried Americana acts like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the retro-folkie field has exploded with new olden bands, each with varying degrees of dedication to authenticity. Guitarist Graham Young and bassist Adam Reed, aka Michigan Rattlers (actually based in L.A. now), aren’t adverse to modern recording techniques and instrumentation, but they still managed to track most of their debut EP is a single day’s recording session. When it comes to their lyrics, however, you could read any random set and have no clue whether they were written a hundred years ago, or last month. Don’t hold it against them that Rolling Stone named the group one of “Ten Country Artists You Need to Know” and assume they’re just another shitkicker duo like Drive-By Truckers. The new Michigan Rattlers single, “Just Good Night,” sports boogie woogie piano courtesy of new keyboardist Christian Wilder that puts the tune more in the realm of a Tom Petty rocker, with memorable and timeless lyrics such as “The radio makes me crazy, and the silence does the same, but there’s a savior of the sunrise just behind the mountain range.” Now a trio with a new covers EP to promote, Wasting the Meaning, their October 28 appearance at Soda Bar will be opened by local country rockers Ypsitucky.

Past Event

The Meteors

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 8 p.m.
  • Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue, San Diego
  • 21+ / $20
The Meteors

UK psychobilly rockers the Meteors have made the rounds in San Diego over the past decade, playing venues like the House of Blues and Queen Bee’s, but the local stage they’ve visited most is Brick by Brick, where they return November 1 to debut new songs currently being tracked at Wolftone Studios. Aside from the new stuff, they’ve got nearly 40 years of setlist material to choose from, with around two dozen studio albums and another dozen live releases, and you’d be hard pressed to find any psychobilly compilation ever curated that doesn’t include at least one Meteors track. The only founding member who remains, P. Paul Fenech, is one of the most prolific songwriters in the biz, the Stephen King of psychobilly, scoring films and TV shows as well as releasing nearly a dozen more solo albums, soundtracking video games, and playing in side projects such as the Murder Brothers, Raw Deal, and the Surfing Dead. Looking at publicity pics for the current tour and listening to their most recent album, 2016’s The Power of 3, you’d never guess that the Meteors, who were born around the same time as the Rubik’s Cube first hit the market, will soon play their 6000th gig. Only a handful of similar bands such as the Cramps ever enjoyed such longevity (1976-2009, through the death of Lux Interior), and few are likely to outlast them.

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