The album is Rogue Wave's first release since 2007's Asleep at Heaven's Gate, but the delay wasn't intentional. Shortly after that album's release, Rogue woke up partially paralyzed with two slipped discs in his back. It was four months before he could even strum a guitar. This experience led him to write Permalight, an album that has been praised as a whole new direction for Rogue Wave.
Whereas in the past many of Rogue's lyrics were introspective, his health crisis -- as well as fatherhood and the loss of friend -- led him to embrace a more outward perspective on life. “When I started writing, I wanted to make a record that was a little more up -- a record you could move your body to, because I couldn’t move for so long,” Rogue has said of his latest effort.
San Francisco's Man/Miracle will also perform. The versatile quartet plays a brand of danceable garage rock that should get even the saddest sacks in the audience moving. Their debut album, The Shape of Things, suffers no shortage of complexity and energy, and the album should translate very well to the live setting. And while Rogue Wave is probably the main draw for most San Diegans, Man/Miracle are not to be missed. Get there early and catch their set.
The show starts at 9 p.m.; tickets are still available.
T. Loper is a writer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.