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San Diego Shows–Thursday, July 2

July 2, 2009 - 11:49 am


Photo by Natalie Kardos.

The Long And Short Of It, Mount Vicious, Archons @ Radio Room–I don’t think that it’s any secret that I’m in love with The Long and Short of It. Not only are they one of the best live bands in town, but their new album, CAW!: An Unkindness of Ravens is one of the best and most thoroughly satisfying local releases of the year. And tonight, the old Zombie Lounge crowd might make an appearance for the rockabilly-punk of Mount Vicious so show up early if you like tattoos and greasy hair.  PLAN B: The Death Eaters, Werewolves, Soft Black, The Old In Out @ The Casbah–If you hear the name “Death Eaters” and the first thing you think of is Harry Potter, then do yourself a favor: Stop reading this blog and go read a fucking book for adults. Now that I got that out of the way, this is one of the weirdest lineups at The Casbah I’ve seen in awhile. Despite all the bands having a name that conjures up images of Norwegian guys dressed in black, none of these bands play metal.  Like fellow local ’70s rock disciples The Bloodflowers and Dirty Sweet, The Death Eaters make songs that makes guys wanna pump their fists and girls wanna drop their drawers. It’s not original. Hell, it’s not even that good, but it serves its purpose. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn-based Werewolves play a moody variety of noir-rock that reminds me of White Light-era Velvet Underground or a groovier Spaceman 3. Round it out with fellow New Yorkers Soft Black (folky, psychedelic rock) and the Rocket From The Crypt-inspired rock of locals The Old In Out and you got one eclectic night of talent. BACKUP PLAN: Junior Reid with High Tide, Without Papers @ Brick By Brick–The reggae legend is pushing 50 and can still put on a hell of a show.

Quick Picks:

Egadz!, Ninthcloud @ Ruby Room

Revenge Club, Heavy Cessna, Snake Babies @ The Ken Club

“Expressway to Yr Skull” feat. Mario Orduno @ Soda Bar

Shawn Rohlf & The 7th Day Buskers, The Keys @ Bar Pink

“’80s Heat” with Knights of Monte Carlo @ Belly Up

The Epilogues, The Fascination, Gas Station Robber @ U-31

DJs Mark & Quark @ Tin Can Ale House

Publicists, The Heavy Love, The Steelwells @ Beauty Bar

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