Oct. 18 2016
It's getting close to Halloween, which means you're going to be seeing many more metal bands on this page (because they're all touring, of course)
Oct. 11 2016
My favorite hip-hop album this year is Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition, which is saying a lot considering Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples each released some amazing new records
Oct. 4 2016
La Sera's been going long enough that their track record is longer than Katy Goodman's previous band, Vivian Girls
Sept. 28 2016
Echo and the Bunnymen are kind of a Plan A for life, seeing as how they’re responsible for some of the greatest post-punk albums of all time
Sept. 20 2016
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have gone into different musical directions over the years, but this tour will find them revisiting their best album, 2002's Source Tags and Codes
Sept. 13 2016
Dinosaur Jr. have more great songs in their catalog than they can possibly fit into one set, so that's a sign that they'll give you a great show no matter what
Sept. 7 2016
San Diego live music picks for the week of September 7
Aug. 30 2016
The Flamin' Groovies became cult power-pop legends in the 1970s, thanks to some pitch-perfect guitar jams like "Shake Some Action."
Aug. 23 2016
I go back and forth on who my favorite contemporary band is. One is Savages. The other is Baroness, whose live show is not to be missed
Aug. 16 2016
Guided by Voices aren't as famous as The Who or The Cars, but they've got just as many classic songs
Aug. 9 2016
My love of The B-52s is one that isn't shared by too many of my friends, but frankly, it doesn't temper my enthusiasm
Aug. 2 2016
Philadelphia singer/songwriter Kurt Vile has released three of my favorite records of the decade so far, the most recent being last year's b'lieve i'm goin down
July 26 2016
I just want to put this out there—this may be the Plan A for the year. At least, the month. Savages are one of the best live bands going right now, and their dynamic post-punk sound will have you...
July 19 2016
Ten years ago, Tokyo's Boris released an album called Pink that combined the best of punk, psych, metal, shoegaze and drone
July 12 2016
Deerhoof have been making weird, noisy, psychedelic and super fun indie rock since the late '90s, and they show no signs of slowing
July 6 2016
In particular, I’m giving this show my seal of approval for Soft Kill, a Portland band with a Cure and Chameleons streak, and whose new album is due out via Profound Lore later this year
June 28 2016
Last week I wrote about my reservations with musicians playing their albums in full at concerts, but as far as I'm concerned, if that album's Pet Sounds I have no problem with it
June 21 2016
Pity Sex's music is neither as sad nor silly as their name suggests, but there are definitely emotions involved
June 14 2016
Punk's in a good place right now. The melodies are good, the energy's high, and everyone's apparently listening to a lot of Springsteen. Cheap Girls check off all these boxes with their tuneful rock jams...
June 7 2016
Wednesday, June 8 PLAN A: Freak Heat Waves, Laser Background, Bloom @ Soda Bar. I'm not necessarily a fan of freak heat waves as a weather phenomenon, but the wobbly, hallucinogenic synth-pop


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