So I guess it's official: Summer is here! Although it always kind of feels like summer in San Diego, sometimes I think that is the problem when it comes to supporting local and touring bands. The weather in this town is just too darn nice! So save some energy and go see one of these fine shows I'm laying out for you -- stay up late and sleep in!
June 1: Son of legend Jim Croce, A.J. Croce plays the Belly Up. Go support!
June 2: I may or may not be going to Lady Gaga...
June 3: Kelis plays the House of Blues downtown. Remember her classic track "Milkshake"? Her latest album is called Food and features local drummer Jake Najor on a bunch of the tracks.
June 4: Tune-yards plays the Irenic and it's all-ages, so take the kids! Her new album Nikki Nack is out now -- and have you heard the track "Coffee" from show opener, Sylvan Esso? It's soo good!
June 5: The artist behind the amazing film Searching For Sugar Man plays the North Park Theater; they call him Rodriguez!
June 6: Support the amazing local band the Donkeys at their record release party for Ride The Black Wave at the Irenic with Extra Classic and Octagrape -- also all-ages!
June 7: Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green at Sleep Train or Little Hurricane at the House Of Blues -- these are tough choices!
June 8: The latin funk band Brownout performs as Brown Sabbath, get it? They play the Casbah.
June 9: A swell bunch of musicians play the Casbah -- come see Rocky Votolato, Lotte Kestner and Kevin Long.
June 10: King Buzzo of the Melvins plays the Casbah with Field, and a man known only as O!
June 11: Battleme plays U-31 in North Park. Battleme has had music featured on FX's Sons Of Anarchy.
June 12: Maryjane's Underground is a free monthly event inside the Hard Rock Hotel Downtown -- this month features the Grim Imperials and Action Andy & the Hi-Tones! RSVP for the free event and the complimentary 619 Vodka from 8-9 p.m. here.
June 13: A legend of power pop, the Paul Collins Beat plays the Til Two Club. See if you can spot my banner across the street!
June 14: Indie rock legends Guided By Voices play the Belly Up. Dayton, Ohio's finest -- GBV will drink you under the table and rock you at the same time!
June 15: The recently reunited Failure plays the House of Blues. Failure influenced a lot of musicians in the '90s and the cool thing is that Ken Andrews is originally from San Diego!
June 16: Calling all punkers and Oi! boys! The Business, which formed in the UK in 1979, play the Soda Bar tonight!
June 17: Rapper and spoken-word artist Sage Francis and his pal B Dolan take over the Belly Up.
June 18: I'm taking tonight off, but I'm sure you can find something to do without my help...
June 19: Not sure what to expect, but it's Murs, Mayday! and Mursday! going down at the Casbah tonight! It will be raptastic for sure!
June 20: Fried chicken will be served when Southern Culture on the Skids play the Casbah tonight. It's hillbilly rock!
June 21: Jessica Lea Mayfield will rock the Casbah. She is considered alt-country, folk rock and indie -- come see for yourself!
June 22: Sub Pop artist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires play Soda Bar. They call it "Southern Fried Rock & Roll!"
June 23: Spanish Gold plays Soda Bar. A great band, featuring members of Hacienda and My Morning Jacket.
June 24: Tweak Bird at Soda Bar. Two brothers making heavy and happy music!
June 25: The Vans Warped Tour returns to Sleep Train Amphitheatre and I'm excited to see a couple of the bands -- mostly Plague Vendor!
June 26: Patrick Park at the Casbah. His song "Life Is a Song" was the last song to play on the series finale of The O.C.
June 27: SoundDiego LIVE Platinum Edition with Megan Ruger (from NBC's The Voice), Cash'd Out and Nancarrow at downtown's Tin Roof! RSVP for the free party here.
June 28: The March Violets, the recently reunited UK post-punk band, play Soda Bar with the local cholo goths known as Prayers and Black Tango.
June 29: World Party at the Belly Up. Karl Wallinger is back with his band that originally formed in 1986!
June 30: Devo at the Belly Up, playing the experimental songs they created from 1974-1977. Long live Bob2!
That is quite a wide variety of selections and I hope you agree with some of my choices! I try to cover all scenes, styles and genres, so thanks for reading! I will be hosting the next SoundDiego LIVE show on June 27, so I hope to see you -- and please come up and introduce yourself! Long live local music!
Tim Pyles, a longtime local who grew up in La Jolla, is the unofficial mayor of local music and hosts the Local 94/9 via FM94/9 every Sunday from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. He also books local acts at the Casbah, hosts the weekly Anti-Monday League, books/hosts the monthly Maryjane's Underground at the House of Blues and is an entertainment writer for Pacific San Diego Magazine. Check out his website thelocalpyle.com and and follow him on Twitter @thelocalpyle. You can reach him directly here firstname.lastname@example.org