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Dan Melchior Band, Slum Summer, King Whisper at The Tower Bar, San Diego

  • The Tower Bar 4757 University Ave San Diego, CA 92105 (map)

9pm, $12. 21+

Dan Melchior Band

"The highly prolific Dan Melchior is back again with a new album - this time with the Dan Melchior Band. The band consists of Dan (obviously), Adam Charles Cooper and Pat Ganely, both formerly of the Taiwan Housing Project. Negative Freedom once again proves Dan to be a treasure who continues to musically and lyrically evolve in the most twisted way. His garage/blues tendencies of his early output have all but completely given way to weirdo/outsider post-punk damage, though this record still rocks…sorta the same way The Fall rocked. With as many records as Dan Melchior has already unleashed on the world you may ask yourself “do I really need another one of his albums?” When you hear Negative Freedom you will no doubt answer “YES!” - In the Red

"Off-kilter garage-meets-country & western rhythms serve as the fuzzy backdrop for Dan Melchior's shouted vocals and lyrics that are by turn absurd and brilliant. He's been publicly carving his own idiosyncratic path through so-called "garage rock" and various forms of American roots music for years now - making appearances on over ten albums and a number of singles released on various independent labels. He has collaborated with Billy Childish and Bruce Brand of the recently extinct Headcoats and recorded and toured extensively with Holly Golightly of Thee Headcoatees. His solo releases have drawn from the work of maverick American folk musicians like Skip James, Dock Boggs and Robert Wilkins while retaining a sense of adventure and passion that is very often lost in the over reverent re-interpretations of a lot of mainstream modern musicians.” — All Music Guide

Slum Summer

King Whisper