San Diego Music Thing returns to San Diego in a slightly more scaled back form this year. Yet there are still lots of great bands to see. Here are nine recommendations for those planning to show-hop:

Thor & Friends: Thor Harris is best known as a member of Swans and Shearwater, but his new project embraces atmosphere and exotica-inspired sounds that result in a spacey surprise. (Friday, Nov. 11, at The Merrow)

Touche Amore: Touche Amore are already a pretty fiery band, but new album Stage Four is a more emotional kind of catharsis. Rage and/or weep. It's all good. (Friday, Nov. 11, at The Irenic)

Kim and the Created: Kim and the Created are known primarily for frontwoman Kim's zany antics and colorful costumes. Not that they don't have good songs, of course. (Saturday, Nov. 12, at Bar Pink)

Hours: Hours features members of Bleak Skies, Hexa and Nylon Apartments, and definitely leans toward the dark and heavy side of things. Catch them if you like it loud. (Friday, Nov. 11, at The Irenic)

The Bassics: This San Diego Music Award-winning band does mod garage right, and with a live presence that makes their fuzzy songs that much more enjoyable. (Saturday, Nov. 12, at Bar Pink)

Car Seat Headrest: One of the biggest bands at the fest this year, Seattle's Car Seat Headrest made a big splash with their album Teens of Denial, one of the best indie rock albums of the last few years. (Saturday, Nov. 12, at The Irenic)

HEALTH: Once an effects-heavy noise rock band, HEALTH has morphed into an industrial-dance powerhouse with lots and lots of jams in their arsenal. (Friday Nov. 11, at The Music Box)

King Dude: King Dude is a folk musician, but it's an extraordinarily dark kind of folk he plays: He's collaborated with Chelsea Wolfe and routinely tours with metal bands. (Saturday, Nov. 12, at The Office)

Ho99o9: Pronounced "horror," this duo makes hip-hop that's noisy and intense but big on speaker-rattling beats. They give Death Grips a run for their money. (Friday, Nov. 11, at The Music Box)


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