Another year, another Thing

Plus Moby, Waters, Liars, Slaughter

Art punk trio Liars will shake their Mess around Friday night at the North Park Theatre!
  • Art punk trio Liars will shake their Mess around Friday night at the North Park Theatre!

Stream the Crawler podcast for September 11-September 17! Barnaby spins the column with music clips, extra tips, and more!

Thursday 11
The San Diego Music Thing, an annual music-industry confab cooked up to support the San Diego Music Foundation, will spread its tentacles around town this weekend. For you industry outsiders looking to get close to industry insiders, if such creatures still exist in that miasma, hit up the Music Thing’s website and follow the bouncing ball. Fetchit, fetch the ball. Dave Good had a chat with the Thing’s keynote speaker Moby about his take on the current climate in professional musicdom, and according to the keynote speaker, “Few people buy records, but even fewer people listen to them.” Wait, what? There’s always nursing school, punky.... Soda Bar’s throwing a Thing kickoff party Thursday night, featuring SanFran folk-rock band Waters with Wild Ones, Zella Day, Bilinda Butchers, and Hunny. Waters is a newish group fronted by indie hit Van Pierszalowski of the weird-folk band Port O’Brien. Take a taste of Waters’ new single “Got To My Head” on this week’s Crawler pod.... I mentioned last week that the Thursday-night Hot Snakes show at Casbah was sold out. I just checked and, well, it’s still sold out. Fuhhh.... That GBH tease from Tuesday, however, has been moved from Casbah to the Hideout on Thursday night. Revulot-Chix and Sculpins will set it up. Not sure how/when that all happened but feel free to click back to last week’s Crawler for my take on GBH.... From Chapel Hill in North Carolina, electronic-pop artiste Porter Robinson will plug in at Soma behind his smash debut, Worlds, which currently sits at numero uno on the Billboard dance record charts. I know, me neither. Moving right along...

Manchester punk band Slaughter & the Dogs play Til-Two Friday night.

Manchester punk band Slaughter & the Dogs play Til-Two Friday night.

Friday 12
The Big Gig in this weekend’s Music Thing would be the Liars show at the North Park Theatre Friday night. The L.A.-via-Berlin-via-Brooklyn art-punk trio has been fucking with the fringe of popular rock for near 15 years, sucking listeners in with primal rhythm and groove and then blasting heads with violent sonic assaults that contain their own sinister rhythm and groove. Liars is touring in support of this year’s Mess, a record that NME says extends Liars unprecedented “dedication to unsettling, disorientating anarchy.” Here’s to that! Destruction Unit and Some Ember will open the show.... For those of you who prefer it old-school Dog Style, 40-years-on Manchester punk band Slaughter & the Dogs will headline sets at Til-Two, playing their iconic debut, Do It Dog Style, in its entirety, after hard-rocking locals Tiltwheel, Chinese Rocks, and Inciting Riots. Here’s some Wiki-notes on Slaughter & the Dogs: they came up with the name by bastardizing Diamond Dogs + Slaughter on 10th Avenue. Did not know that. They opened for the Sex Pistols at that legendary gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall on July 20, 1976, which “more than any other single event, spawned Manchester’s punk scene.” Huh. And: Slaughter & the Dogs were one of the first UK punk bands to sign with a major label, Decca Records. Punk-rock history, people. You’re welcome....

San Luis O's Wordsauce oozes into town to spread that funk-hop sauce at Gallagher's in O.B.

San Luis O's Wordsauce oozes into town to spread that funk-hop sauce at Gallagher's in O.B.

If funky hip-hop with jazzy traps is your taste, "Wordsauce has got the flava that ya nee-eed." San Luis O's Wordsauce rolls into O.B. Friday night, where they'll take the stage to new heights at Gallagher's on Newport. Get with the Wordsauce Academy of Funk and then bump it down to the beach. San Diego's own electro-flow trio Pool Party is also on the bill.... Else: heavy metallurgists Earth hit the Hideout behind their fat new joint Primitive & Deadly. King Dude, Author & Punisher, and Soft Lions open the show...Cambodian psych-pop sextet Dengue Fever infects Soda Bar after Barcelona, the Moth & the Flame, and Dr. Seahorse...the Tin Can in Bankers Hill will fill a bill with Tin Can Country Clubbers for its debut Country Club record-release show...while Casbah’s Friday night Thing-a-ling gets heavy with garage-based psych-n-blues by L.A. duo Deap Vally, Echo Park psychonauts Mystic Braves, Brooklyn band Black Taxi, and local faves Wild Wild Wets and the Schitzophonics.

San Diego punk perennials the Zeros roll into The Thing at Bar Pink on Saturday.

San Diego punk perennials the Zeros roll into The Thing at Bar Pink on Saturday.

Saturday 13
South Bay punk perennials the Zeros roll into the Thing at Bar Pink Saturday night. They’ll play the NoPark rock spot with Low Volts, Neighbors to the North, Subsurfer, and Mini Mansions, making that one the hands-down gig to get to Saturday night.... If you miss the door at Bar Pink, however, a couple blocks over, behind the North Park Theatre on the 91X stage, you got NYC indie-pop duo Cults headlining sets by L.A.-via-Smoky Mountains, Tennessee singer-songer Meg Meyers and them “tequila-inspired party pop” Aussies the Griswolds.... Dave Good’s Of Noted show this week is the Slow Magic set at Soda Bar. Flip or click there for more on that masked wack. Kodak to Graph and Emerald Rats set it up.

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