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Sounds Like San Diego: April 19

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NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: James performs on the third and final day of the Isle of Wight Festival at Newport, on June 15 2008, Isle of Wight, England. The festival, attended by 50,000 music fans, which features headline acts The Kaiser Chiefs, Sex Pistols and The Police, is in its seventh year after being reincarnated in 2002. The promoters claim their aim is to recreate the hippy spirit of the famous festivals held on the island in the late 1960s, when thousands of music fans watched acts such as Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Bob Dylan. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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While it is not uncommon for San Diego to have great shows, this week has offered so many amazing ones that we've experienced what might be a typical week in a much larger city like New York or LA. Before we wrap and all the touring bands head up to Coachella or back on the road, Thursday has some great shows that should keep the momentum going right into the weekend. The Casbah has shows all over town, with Zammuto at Soda Bar, the Horrors and Black Angels at the Belly Up, and We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Casbah.

I'll definitely check out one of those shows later in the night, but my evening will start at the House of Blues with one of my all-time favorites, James. The band was on the forefront of the early Manchester scene in the '90s, which can largely be attributed to today's festival culture. With radio hits like "Laid," James achieved some mass appeal, but to me will always be one of those bands that made it on my mixtapes with songs like "Sometimes," "Tomorrow," and "Sit Down." Their live performance at Coachella was amazing, whether you were there live or watching it live online, and Thursday at the House of Blues, the band is certainly going to go all out for the more intimate setting.

Thursday April 19:

  • James, Elizaveta @ House of Blues
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks, Chasing Kings, Tristen @ Casbah
  • Casbah presents the Horrors, Black Angels @ Belly Up
  • Casbah presents Zammuto, guests @ Soda Bar
  • Lexington Field, Decker, Heavy Glow, Vdrago @ Tin Can
  • KPRI presents Los Lobos @ Anthology 7:30 p.m. (sold out) & 9:30 p.m.
  • Bill Frissell and Bill Morrison @ UCSD Price Center East Ballroom
  • Stoney B. Blues Band @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore @ AMSD Concerts
  • NSD presents Local Hip Hop Showcase @ 4th & B
  • Soul Ablaze, Tori, the Brothers Burns, Keng Doja @ Ruby Room
  • Ashley Juavinett, Boy Wonder, the Orange Pickers @ Lestat's
  • Stevie & the Hi-Stax @ Riviera Supper Club
  • LED presents Felix Cartal @ Voyeur
  • Translation: Audio, the Maul Shoppe @ The Shakedown Bar
  • Kevin McCarthy @ Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • EDM with Edward Maya @ Fluxx
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Liquid G @ Kava Lounge
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • SD Hip Hop Night with Atlantis Rizing, League of Immortals, Future Flavas @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ The Griffin
  • Barfly Promotions Presents @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Jam Qwest @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • iParty Thursdays @ Henry's Pub
  • Club 80's @ Club Kadan
  • Valerie Pierce, Smokestaxx @ Jimmy Love's
  • Dave Booda Trio @ Tiki House
  • F--- Coachella Party featuring Geisha Twins, Colourvision @ AC Lounge
  • Mike Gao, Blaise Garza, Penis Hickey, DJ Mnstrpsy @ Whistle Stop
  • Fuzzy @ Croce's
  • Simeon Flick @ Beaumont's
  • Michele Lundeen & Paradise @ Patrick's Gaslamp Pub
  • Mustache Riot @ The Stage Saloon
  • Peter Hall @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • J.G. Duo @ McP's Irish Pub
  • The Brokers Band @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Reason to Rebel, Mean Dinosaur @ Boar Cross'n

Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.

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