MohaviSoul will be among the acts appearing at Town Center Community Park East on September 9.
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Fuel and Marcy Playground

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+

Relive the age of parachute pants and brick-phones on May 9 when Fuel and Marcy Playground provide your funky ’90s flashback at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Fuel’s sole founding member Brett Scallions promises to debut brand-new tracks for the first time since their 2014 release Puppet Strings, in advance of a full-length planned for later this year.

Fuel and Marcy Playground provide funky ’90s flashback at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on May 9.

Fuel and Marcy Playground provide funky ’90s flashback at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on May 9.

The Playground players will serve up their smarmy 1997 alternative radio hit “Sex and Candy” with two original players in tow, singer/guitarist John Wozniak and bassist Dylan Keefe, backed by their drum programmer since 2008, Shlomi Lavie, who previously played with NYC world ensembles Electro Morocco and Nanuchka.

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Alex Dezen and Mike Dunn

  • Sunday, May 14, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $10 - $12

On May 14, Soda Bar hosts Alex Dezen, best known from the now-defunct Damnwells. Touring in support of his second solo album (released in February via Poor Man Records), Dezen’s current work isn’t so far removed from the free-floating music he made during 16 years fronting the Damnwells, though longtime followers may be surprised to hear the lyrical narratives of newer socially aware tracks such as “When You Give Up” (concerning suicide) and “I Am a Racist” (with guest vocals from his girlfriend, actress/comedian Amber Bollinger, who collaborates on a number of other new songs and may well turn up in City Heights unbilled). The show opens with acoustic troubadour Mike Dunn.

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DIIV and the Paranoyds

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego
  • 18+ / $22

Indie dream-pop project DIIV hits Little Italy’s Music Box May 18.

Indie dream-pop project DIIV hits Little Italy’s Music Box May 18.

Occasional male model Zachary Cole Smith brings his indie dream-pop project DIIV to Little Italy’s Music Box on May 18. After earning his music-biz bones by combining post-funk, European prog, and contemporary shoegaze influences, Smith has essentially been cruising on the fumes of his group’s second studio album Is The Is Are since its release in early 2016. However, the NYC-based songwriter reportedly has a notebook full of new tunes penned during his self-imposed rehab therapy earlier this year for what he announced on Instagram would be “long-haul inpatient treatment. I’ve taken this road way past the point of sanity and fucked with way too many people. See you all on the other side,” he concluded the post, sparking concerns of suicidal tendencies by some respondents but apparently previewing his just-announced left coast sojourn.

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DLD

Rock en Español with DLD at the Observatory North Park on May 29.

Rock en Español with DLD at the Observatory North Park on May 29.

Hispanic classic-meets-grunge rockers DLD (fill in the missing two vowels for the band’s kinky original name) continues to rack up Mexican-radio airplay for their third album Ventura, as they roll into Observatory North Park on May 29. The group made their initial splash in 2002 at a Battle of the Bands hosted by Mexican station Órbita FM, going on to become one of the most acclaimed rock en Español groups on either side of the impending (some would have you believe) border wall. As with many Observatory shindigs, this general admission event includes a separately ticketed VIP meet-and-greet session.

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Hans Zimmer

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017, 7 p.m.
  • Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego
  • $20 - $60

Billed on the new tour poster as “The most successful film composer of our era” (well, he’s definitely the biggest ever booked to play Coachella!), Academy Award-winning maestro Hans Zimmer is at least right up there with nerd-certified superstars of cinema like Jerry Goldsmith (Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes, five Star Trek films), John Williams (Harry Potter, Star Wars, ET), and Danny Elfman (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, The Simpsons), at least when it comes to name recognition. With work as recent as The Boss Baby, Batman V Superman, and 12 Years a Slave, his cred sheet of over a hundred scores encompasses everything from A (Amazing Spider-Man 2) to Z (The Zero Boys). The multimedia event being staged at Viejas Arena on August 12, the final date of his 2017 tour, will be broken into two sets. The first act will include Zimmer conducting soundtracks for films such as Gladiator, The Lion King, and Pirates of the Caribbean, with a second act showcasing re-imagined versions of scores from Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy.

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Graves at Sea

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Avenue, San Diego
  • 21+ / $12 - $16

Expect a skull-kicking set by Graves at Sea Brick at By Brick on June 6.

Expect a skull-kicking set by Graves at Sea Brick at By Brick on June 6.

Portland’s partially reunited sludge/doom quartet Graves at Sea will bring their Cold Dead Hands tour to Brick By Brick in Linda Vista on June 6. Nick Phit and Nathan Misterek, who cofounded the Sabbath-inspired group in 2002, went their separate ways in 2008, though they relaunched the band four years later with replacement players. A new album marks their debut on Relapse Records (The Curse That Is), and a skull-kicking concert set brings to mind local vegan metalheads Cattle Decapitation.

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Guitar Wolf

  • Friday, June 16, 2017, 8 p.m.
  • Casbah, 2501 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego
  • 21+ / $13 - $15

Lucky locals can catch the opening date of Guitar Wolf’s summer tour of the western U.S. and Canada when the noisy Japanese trio hits the Casbah on June 16. Arriving with over a dozen full-lengths under their steel-studded belts, expect plenty of loud distortion and feedback as they plow through their usual set of hyper originals and tongue-in-cheek covers such as “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” (written by Emergency! TV actor Bobby Troup), “Fire” by Bruce Springsteen (as if the Asbury icon was five days into a meth binge), and Steppenwolf’s increasingly omnipresent “Born to Be Wild.” The self-described “jet rockers” will also likely bring a merch booth stuffed with their signature Jet Clothing line of future-retro pants, shirts, belts, and custom-designed Guitar Wolf motorcycle jackets. Isaac Rother & the Phantoms (as in Rother’s backup players rather than our local Phantoms) will open.

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The Doobie Brothers

The already overflowing summer schedule at Humphreys by the Bay on Shelter Island now includes a Doobie Brothers concert on August 16 (rescheduled from a cancelled date). The band’s top-shelf pedigree was recently upgraded, thanks to being announced as one of six headliners at the Classic — dual rock festivals slated for this summer in L.A. and NYC — alongside the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Steely Dan, and Earth Wind & Fire. Sporting a fluid lineup of come-and-go players akin to most of their fellow Classic cronies, today’s Doobies include founding members Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston, as well as longtime recruits such as Little Feat’s Bill Payne (frequent collaborator from 1972 onward) and Van Morrison’s pedal-steel guitarist John McFee (since 1979).

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Santee Bluegrass Festival

Your lineup for this year’s Santee Bluegrass Festival hasn’t been announced at this writing, but we have it on good authority that local folkies MohaviSoul will be among the acts appearing at Town Center Community Park East on September 9. Proceeds from ticket sales for the 21-up event will benefit the Santee Teen Center, park-improvement projects, and a recreation scholarship fund that enables qualifying children, teens, and seniors to participate in city park programs.

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dwbat April 12, 2017 @ 3:55 p.m.

Let's hope parachute pants don't make a comeback.

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