Sunday's Giant Surprise, Anti-Monday bands, three guys called Mordecai, and Manual Scan

...and the best of the rest in San Diego clubs this week

Three guys called Mordecai: the psych-punk trio from Butte takes the stage at Hillcrest hideaway the Merrow on Tuesday, December 20.
  • Three guys called Mordecai: the psych-punk trio from Butte takes the stage at Hillcrest hideaway the Merrow on Tuesday, December 20.

Local shoegaze trio Giant Surprise jacks in at Whistle Stop Sunday night.

Local shoegaze trio Giant Surprise jacks in at Whistle Stop Sunday night.

Sunday 18
Giant surprise for all you area shoegazers, there’s a Grade A shoegaze group in our midst called Giant Surprise, and their debut’s got the goods, blamming blown-cone songs that are speak-sung in that ’gazer layback cadence. Like Crocodiles without the dance-floor agenda, Giant Surprise’s Dive kicks out a couple strolling fuzz-tone jams for discerning wallflowers. They pull into Whistle Stop to play a record-releaser after Quali and Iris Jupiter for one humming Sunday nighter at the South Park bar.... Forty-years strong East Coast punks the Freeze and almost-as-old Left Coasters Fang split a historical hardcore bill at Bay Park bar Brick by Brick...while Poway pop-punks Unwritten Law roll up on House of Blues with likeminded locs Pivit and MondoShanks.

Gary Wilson will be keeping Christmas weird at Casbah's Anti-Monday concert this week.

Gary Wilson will be keeping Christmas weird at Casbah's Anti-Monday concert this week.

Monday 19
Nothing says Anti-Monday like booking San Diego’s show-stopper, our odd-pop staple Gary Wilson, who will join forces with the Lulls for Casbah’s weekly rage against the day. Mr. Wilson will likely highlight his holiday LP, It’s Christmas Time with Gary Wilson, while the Lulls lay out their “magnetic” art-pop collection, Island of Daughters.... Bar Pink will open up the floor for a Soul Train Dance Party, featuring San Diego’s “essential soul revue” group Monument.

San Diego's Retox headlines hardcore sets at Casbah on Tuesday.

San Diego's Retox headlines hardcore sets at Casbah on Tuesday.

Tuesday 20
From Butte, Montana (“because small-town losers need something to do”), psych-punk trio Mordecai brings their loose-string thrash to the Merrow in Hillcrest. Singer/guitarist Holt Bodish and his bassist bro Elijah claim to have been born on Dead tours in ’89 and ’92, respectively, and since their pre-teens have been bashing out this beautiful Stooges-meets-Velvets mess along with drummer Gavin Swietnicki. Fans of the brand, go hit up their bandcamp blam, and I will see you Tuesday in Hillcrest, where Le Chateau and Minor Birds open the show.... Else on Tuesday: Retox, Dabbers, and Crime Desire fill a hardcore bill at Casbah for your recommended daily allowance of ear-bleed screech and skronk...while uptown, Dirty Pennies “fuse blues, soul, old school rock, and garage sounds” at Soda Bar.

Wednesday 21
A coupla Bassics, a Manual Scan’r, and Diana Death have grouped to bring you Los Fantasmas, which, according to rhythm guitarist/Reader contributor Bart Mendoza, slings ’60s and ’70s garage-punk sung in Spanish, including covers (Los Ovnis, Sex Pistols) along with theedianadeath’s originals. Los Fantasmas will set the stage for Mendoza’s mod-rocking Manual Scan on Wednesday at Casbah...while you country fans get your Christmas fill up at Belly Up, where Nancarrow, Brawley, Nena Anderson, and Hot Rod Lincoln will take the Solana Beach stage.

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