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Steve Gunn is a hell of a guitar player, and can probably win audiences over on the strength of his perfect fretwork alone. Read more

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Canadian indie rock outfit The Besnard Lakes are a dense and heavy group that takes a little time to fully appreciate. Read more

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The former Bauhaus frontman played many songs by his classic goth-rock band, as well as solo material from throughout his career. Read more

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Vektor Wednesday, November 16PLAN A: Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy @ The Hideout. Colleen Green's music is simple, yet easy to like. Short, jangly indie pop songs about youthful angst and, in t Read more

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Protomartyr are one of my favorite bands right now, with a post-punk sound that's dark, noisy and just a little bit bleak. Read more

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King Khan is an excellent showman, no matter what band he's fronting. Read more

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Preoccupations, formerly known as Viet Cong, released one of my favorite records this year, so I definitely wouldn't miss this one. Read more

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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). Read more

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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. Read more

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La Sera's been going long enough that their track record is longer than Katy Goodman's previous band, Vivian Girls. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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San Diego live music picks for the week of September 7. Read more

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The Flamin' Groovies became cult power-pop legends in the 1970s, thanks to some pitch-perfect guitar jams like "Shake Some Action." Read more

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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. Read more

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Guided by Voices aren't as famous as The Who or The Cars, but they've got just as many classic songs. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 . Read more

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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 floored. Read more

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