Live Five

Something akin to a live action Disney movie as imagined by Salvador Dali

Diego’s Umbrella, Blood Ponies, Bostich & Fussible, The Routine, Whitney Shay

Although this column tends to focus on homegrown acts, and Diego’s Umbrella certainly sounds like a locally coined band name, the gypsy rockers are actually from the Bay Area. Still, they certainly wouldn’t look out ...

Happy birthday John Cage

Toy Piano Festival, Brian Wilson & the Zombies, Peter Pupping Band, Blues Against Hunger Jamboree, The Loons

Since 2000, the UC San Diego Library has hosted the Toy Piano Festival to pay homage to the birthday of experimental composer John Cage, who wrote “Suite for Toy Piano” in 1948. Its Geisel Library ...

Death metal-lite

Pathology, Angels & Airwaves, Just in Case, Alice in Chains, SM Familia

Heavy metallers Pathology used to be a local joke. Formed in 2006 by Dave Astor (the Locust, Cattle Decapitation) and Levi Fuselier (Disgorge), later joined by fang-wearing vocalist Matti Way (Disgorge, Liturgy), they quickly found ...

Queen of Steam

Javier Escovedo, Michele Lundeen, Happy Ron Hill, Sara Watkins, Jason Hanna

DIY lounge rocker Gary Wilson headlines an all-local bill that also features Javier Escovedo, whose musical family members include Alejandro Escovedo (No Depression magazine’s 1998 Artist of the Decade), and brothers Coke, Peter, and Mario. ...

Soulful contemporary bluegrass

MohaviSoul, Lady Brain Presents, Woodstocked, Boris, Justin Hayward

Founded in Ocean Beach seven years ago, MohaviSoul is an original, soulful contemporary bluegrass band rooted in folk and Americana. Their festival-friendly sound is anchored by the songwriting and singing of West Virginia-raised Mark Miller ...

Flutology

Holly Hofmann Trio, Supersonic Dragon Wagon, Action Andy & the Hi-Tones, Mighty Untouchables, Big Time Operator

Holly Hofmann began her music education in Cleveland at age five by picking up a child’s flutophone, playing along with her jazz guitarist dad. She’d go on to win Best Jazz at the 2008 San ...

Electric hoedown with hillbillies on steroids

Sickstring Outlaws, CJ Chenier, Iration, Beach Punx Fest IV, Mrs. Henry: The Last Waltz

Influenced by Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, and similar renegade country stars, Sickstring Outlaws call themselves “hillbillies on steroids” and describe their live show as an “electric hoedown.” Frontman Ron Houston started off as an ...

Westgate Hotel’s rooftop Sunset Poolside Jazz Series

Steph Johnson Band, Lenny “Fuzzy” Rankins, Roky Erickson Tribute, A.J. Croce Plays Croce, The Drums

Gilbert Castellanos curates the Sunset Poolside Jazz Series on the rooftop of the Westgate Hotel, where colorful sundowns more than make up for blighted views of the nearby all-but-abandoned Horton Plaza. This edition features singer/songwriter ...

Warholian comic strip drawings

The Paragraphs, Manual Scan, Hullabaloo, Sue Palmer, Prxzm

Based in Encinitas and Carlsbad, the Paragraphs were founded in early 2009 by Mike Hunt (drums) and Jesse Lee Hofbauer (vocals, guitar). After two initial releases (2009’s Gallows EP and 2010’s Hey! EP) and a ...

Klezmer with Hasidic nigunim, jazz, classical, Balkan, and Sephardic motifs

Yale Strom & Hot P’stromi, The Silent Comedy, Golden Howl, Bonneville 7, The Lucy Ring

As part of the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, violinist and ethnic music archivist Yale Strom and his band Hot P’stromi will perform with local guest players including Fred Benedetti (guitar), Gunnar Biggs ...

Occasional Monkee at the Hotel Del Coronado

Micky Dolenz, Shades McCool, Casey Hensley, Ian Anderson, Shawn Mendes

Occasional Monkee Micky Dolenz has a history in San Diego dating back to mid-November 1965, when the pre-fab foursome shot scenes for their TV pilot “Royal Flush” at the Hotel Del Coronado, including the country ...

From sonic fusion to bizarre mini rock operas

No Kings, Barefoot Hockey Goalie, War, Flipside Burners, The Spits

“No Kings plays a sonic fusion derived from the rhythms of first and second-wave ska and reggae, the guitar sounds of psychedelic, and surf rock, interspersed with the frenetic energy of punk,” according to singer ...

Ocean Beach pop singer, author, coach, and mother of four performs at Stronghold martial arts school

Luci, Berkley Hart, JazzKatz Orchestra, Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin Tribute, Silent

Ocean Beach pop singer, author, coach, and founder of the Sexy Mama Movement Luci Lampe will debut Bare, her first release in seven years, at the Stronghold martial arts school in Point Loma. The mother ...

Velvet Underground-inspired surf rocker

Brian Jones Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival, Gary Wilson, Rebelution, Greg Douglass, Guitar Workshop Plus

Formed in 2015, the Brian Jones Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival honed an original blues-based rock and roll sound on their 2016 debut album, A Real Good Time. The record was promoted with a video for ...

Jangly blend of blues and punk called “blunk”

Pleasure Fix, Nena Anderson, N-E-1, The Petty Saints, Louis Valenzuela Jazz Jam

We’ve seen plenty of local bands who are into pleasuring, from the Pleasure Barons with hedonistic heroes Country Dick Montana and Mojo Nixon through Pleasure Device, Pleasure Model, and even Pleasure Victims. Sisters Ariel and ...

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