It's a relatively quiet Monday in San Diego, but that doesn't mean you're completely without options. In fact, you actually have some good choices if you didn't quite get to live it up this past weekend. At Soda Bar, catch the Holy Knives from San Antonio. They play kinda dark melancholic music that vocally reminds me of early Depeche Mode minus the extra synthiness. At the Casbah, once you get past the confusing name and realize it has nothing to do with canvas and paint, check out Imperial Beach garage rockers Free Paintings, who lead a Tim Pyles-endorsed lineup including Lefties and Beverage. If you wanna stick to North Park, Julia Sage & the Bad Hombres continue their Monday night residency and would love to pack the house with new fans, and since the show is free, you hardly have an excuse not to go. If you're in the eastern reaches of the county, check out Astra Kelly at De Oro Mine Co., or catch the acoustic night at Navajo Live.
Monday, Feb. 11:
- The Holy Knives, Aunt Cynthia's Cabin, Lunar Hand @ Soda Bar
- Free Paintings, Lefties, Beverage @ Casbah
- Julia Sage and The Bad Hombres @ Bar Pink
- Motown on Mondays @ The Office
- Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
- Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
- Blue Monday: Dark '80s New Wave Night @ Blonde
- Astra Kelly @ De Oro Mine Co.
- Andy & Nathan @ Martini's Above Fourth
- Strictly Acoustic @ Navajo Live
- Nathan James @ Humphreys Backstage Live
- Hot Cake with DJs Mister Hek @ El Dorado
- Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
- Open Mic @ Lestat's
- Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
- 31 Flavors @ U-31
Rosemary Bystrak is the publicist for the Casbah and writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.