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Sounds Like San Diego: August 16

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit gives it all at every live performance.

    Let's face it, when a concert rolls into town at one of the bigger venues in the city -- where the number of tickets is in the thousands and not the dozens -- you've already made your decision about whether you're attending. In this case, however, if you're going to RIMAC arena for Death Cab for Cutie, I'm writing to remind you to get there early for the openers, Frightened Rabbit. The Scottish band is easily one of my favorites this decade, and tonight, you'll be sorry if you miss their opening slot because you were tailgating in the UCSD parking lot (which we are not implicitly endorsing here). While writers often focus on Scott Hutchison's Scottish brogue, I think he has a unique voice that ranges from beautiful to, at times, a full-on punk scream. After the show you can race downtown and catch Scott doing an acoustic set at the Hard Rock Hotel's 207 and really see his range. 

    Tuesday Aug. 16:

    • Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit @ RIMAC Arena
    • Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit) @ 207, Hard Rock Hotel (free, 21+, 10 p.m.)
    • Josh Ritter, Old 97's, David Wax Museum @ House of Blues
    • Dirty Gold, Hotel Reverb, Tan Sister Radio @ Soda Bar
    • Gary Wilson, D/Wolves, United States '11, Dudes @ Casbah
    • Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, the Tilt @ Belly Up
    • Eric Lindell @ Winston's
    • King Legend, the Black, Chris Darby @ Tin Can
    • Tiki Tuesday, featuring Surfer Joe's Boss Combo, the Secret Samurai @ Bar Pink
    • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
    • Local Brews Local Grooves, with Natalie Angiuli, Chad Scott, Bianca Paras Band, James Morris, Justin Froese @ House of Blues
    • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
    • Tori Roze presents Tori, Sister Speak, Jennie Buss, Seaholm Mackintosh @ Ruby Room
    • Gypsy Swim Cats @ Humphreys Backstage Live
    • Trent Hancock @ Tiki House
    • Steph Johnson @ Croce's
    • Tuesday Night Jazz Collective @ Til-Two Club
    • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
    • Big Slim & the Blues Invaders @ Patrick's ll
    • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
    • Tommy Price & the Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
    • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
    • Jimi Blaze @ McP's Irish Pub & Grill
    • Michael Chain @ Valley View Casino
    • Johnny Tarr @ Davina's Cago Grill
    • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
    • Earthbound Ghost @ Stage Saloon

    Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events and general musings about life in San Diego on San Diego: Dialed In. She does social media for the Casbah, books at West Coast Tavern and is trying her hand at band management. Follow her updates on Twitter or contact her directly.