Jon Foreman snaps a self portrait at the 2009 Bro-Am. The free event benefited local chapters of Stand Up for Kids.
Some may say San Diego has never received much credit for its music exports. In recent years, the vast amount of artists flocking to New York and Los Angeles certainly stacks the odds in favor of successful artists emerging from those locations, but that hasn’t stopped Mexico’s next-door neighbor from producing some of the most unforgettable artists in the last several decades.
From psychedelic forefathers Iron Butterfly to furious cult figures Rocket From the Crypt to pop-punk superstars Blink 182 to indie-rock traditionalists Pinback, San Diego has pulled talents from an alarmingly diverse pool of influences. Here is SoundDiego’s quick list of nine of the most recognizable bands with San Diego connections (in alphabetical order).