The genre-bending music of San Francisco's Judgement Day leaves audiences in awe.
The weekend is finally upon us, and with so many great shows to choose from, you can kick it off on the right note. San Francisco's Judgement Day, who take the olde world spelling for their name, return to San Diego tonight at the Soda Bar. I have never seen the San Francisco "string metal" band perform when they didn't leave at least half of the room in absolute awe. Proficient and classically trained in their string instruments, the band creates their own genre with their epic intensity. They played here earlier this year and are returning for one night of string-metal mayhem.
If that's not your scene, I've been spending some time with the new Menomena album, and while I've enjoyed their music for some time, this new record is the best of their career. They'll be at the Casbah (close to sell-out at press time), but you can also check out the band doing a DJ set at M-Theory Records in Mission Hills before the show.
There's plenty of other goodness, too, with Swim Party over at the Tin Can, Dirty Sweet and Geezer From the Crypt at Bar Pink, and the Howls and Low Volts over at the Ken Club -- you're certain to find something fantastic tonight.
Judgement Day, Sleep Lady, the Burning of Rome @ Soda Bar
Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings @ Anthology (late show, 9:30 p.m.)
Gregory Michael @ Donovan's Circle of 5ths
Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.