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Indie Fertility: Five Local Bands to Listen To

Montalban Quintet

Who is this band, and what were they thinking? No matter - fans are talking. Bright tones, driving rhythms, mildly dark and pensive at times. They say: post- punk, minimalism, jazz, new music, 50′s schmaltz and field recordings. I say: jazz disguised as a rock band.

Rafter

Rafter records are records you will never grow tired of. Singular, weird, compelling, and naughty, Rafter Roberts was Julian Lennon's Pick of the Week once. Animal Feelings won a San Diego Music Award in 2010. His day job is writing commercial jingles: "Music for dog food, toothpaste, Indian casinos, Walmarts."

Weatherbox

Spanks the hard rock place like few others. Brian Warren is the only founding member remaining in the band, but so what? There is no shortage of locals willing to participate in the revolving crew that Weatherbox has become.

Taryn Donath

Jump, funk, blues, and stride piano. Yep - stride. A blaze of lost and vintage skills, Donath frequently shows up with a drummer. Talk to her right hand: it knows endless chords. Her left hand is another subject entirely.

Transfer

Post-Beatles, psychedelia, lo-fi rock and roll, and unexpected artistry. Consider the ongoing love from the San Diego Music Awards: 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011 when they won both Best Rock and Song of the Year.

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Montalban Quintet

Who is this band, and what were they thinking? No matter - fans are talking. Bright tones, driving rhythms, mildly dark and pensive at times. They say: post- punk, minimalism, jazz, new music, 50′s schmaltz and field recordings. I say: jazz disguised as a rock band.

Rafter

Rafter records are records you will never grow tired of. Singular, weird, compelling, and naughty, Rafter Roberts was Julian Lennon's Pick of the Week once. Animal Feelings won a San Diego Music Award in 2010. His day job is writing commercial jingles: "Music for dog food, toothpaste, Indian casinos, Walmarts."

Weatherbox

Spanks the hard rock place like few others. Brian Warren is the only founding member remaining in the band, but so what? There is no shortage of locals willing to participate in the revolving crew that Weatherbox has become.

Taryn Donath

Jump, funk, blues, and stride piano. Yep - stride. A blaze of lost and vintage skills, Donath frequently shows up with a drummer. Talk to her right hand: it knows endless chords. Her left hand is another subject entirely.

Transfer

Post-Beatles, psychedelia, lo-fi rock and roll, and unexpected artistry. Consider the ongoing love from the San Diego Music Awards: 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011 when they won both Best Rock and Song of the Year.

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