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Sounds Like San Diego: Aug. 18

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Sounds Like San Diego: Aug. 18

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I have to admit that sometimes I get a little bit frustrated when it comes to live music. A band can play to the smallest crowd, and then suddenly they're in some commercial or in some trailer, and all of the sudden everyone loves the band. I've decided that I can't fight trends or technology, so I'll roll with the flow and say that you know that the Silent Comedy -- whose song "Bartholomew" is featured on the "Hatfields & McCoys" on the History Channel -- are going to kill at the Belly Up, Ben Harper is going to draw a massive crowd at the Del Mar track, and Johnny Rad Fest is going to kick butt at the Ken Club.

Saturday, Aug. 18:

  • The Silent Comedy, Stripes & Lines, Family Wagon @ Belly Up
  • Ben Harper @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Grand Tarantula, East of Sweden (CD release), Idlehands, One I Red @ Soda Bar
  • Johnny Rad Fest 5 King Tuff, Shannon & the Clams, Half Rats, Night Beats, Audacity @ Ken Club
  • Hyena, Jamuel Saxon, Hills Like Elephants, Church Hustlers @ Casbah
  • iDentity Festival @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Lantern Festival @ Hoover High, City Heights
  • The Palominos, Decker, Escalator Hill @ Tin Can
  • Midnight Rivals, Santos, the Pheasants @ Eleven
  • The Girl Can't Help It Vintage Clothing Store Opening, featuring El Vez & Pony Death Ride @ The Girl Can't Help It (3806 Grim, 12-8 p.m., music at 6:30 p.m.)
  • DJ TNA Video Debut @ Eleven
  • Prima Donna, the Phenomenauts, Pass the Axe, Oddball @ The Shakedown
  • '80s vs. '90s, with Gabe Vega & Saul @ Whistle Stop
  • Circuit, Garva, Aphter, Ghost M.D., Casper @ Ruby Room
  • The Dickies, F.O.A., Jonny Castle @ The Griffin
  • The Longshots, the Amalgamated @ Tower Bar
  • Breakthru Entertainment Presents @ House of Blues
  • Allison Lonsdale, Matthew Santos, Tolan Shaw @ Lestat's
  • Clapton Hook, the Morphs, Jim Earp @ Brick By Brick
  • Tommy Dubs & the Seismc Levelers, with Ease Up and KNG MKR @ Winston's
  • Stranger @ 710 Beach Club
  • Skank Agents, Starpool, Bucket of Fish, Grim Luck, Thanks Jack @ Soma
  • Small Talk, Cash Crop, Meraki, Realization Orchestra, the Deepsea Goes @ Che Cafe
  • Suburban, Boredom @ Epicentre
  • Caliber @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge
  • The Money Band @ Flying Elephant
  • Thunder Road @ Anthology (7:30 p.m.)
  • ABBA Fab @ Anthology (9:30 p.m.)
  • Diamond Nightz, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Bayou Brothers @ Marble Room
  • Ese & Zain -- adam salter @ El Dorado
  • Eric Prydz, Audrey Napoleon @ Voyeur
  • DJ Sid Vicious, DJ Cheyenne Giles @ Fluxx
  • The Black Cinderella, Sister Carol, Live Wyya, DJ Carlos Culture @ World Beat Center
  • The Brian Levy/Rick Hollander Group @ Dizzy’s at 98 Bottles

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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