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Contest: Win Tickets to see Clinic at the Casbah (San Diego)

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U.K. post-punks Clinic are coming to San Diego, and we have a pair of tickets to give away.

The band is on a rare fourteen-city tour in support its excellent sixth album, Bubblegum, and the November 21 show at the Casbah will be the final stop. Revered by fellow musicians, Clinic have a wholly original sound, and since the late ’90s, they’ve beamed their brand of psychedelic pop into stereos across the world.

San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys will open the show, along with San Diego’s Lights On and The Loons. This year, the Fresh & Onlys released a handful of 7-inch singles, an EP, and — to cap off the year — a new LP called Play It Strange. DJ’s Mikey Face and Cory Casey will also be on hand to spin vinyl between sets.

This show will almost certainly sell out, so if you’re not a gambler, you can get tickets here.

Otherwise, to enter the contest, just comment below and include your email address in the form (your email won’t be visible to the public). The winner will be chosen at random on November 19, 2010.

Review: The Loons; July 19, 2008 at Bar Pink; San Diego

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Saturday’s “Hipsters Revisited” at Bar Pink Elephant was a ‘60s themed event that promised music of the garage, psychedelic, and freakbeat varieties, all while making assurances that there would be “no weird shit or flutes”. They made good on these promises with some trippy mood-lighting and an assortment of DJs spinning appropriately obscure tracks from the period, but the real draw was a live performance by local retro-rock band The Loons.

Long blond hair hanging in his face, Loons lead singer Mike Stax commanded the stage with all the raw power of an anachronistic Iggy Pop as the band blazed through a set that recalled garage acts Love, The Sonics, and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. After grabbing everyone’s attention with “Red Dissolving Rays”, Stax joked that, in honor of Gay Pride week, he was dedicating the song “My Time” to Texas, “the gayest state of all”.

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