Cage the Elephant might be known for their sun-drenched summer anthems, but it's their live show that really makes you feel like it's time for a road trip.
Cage the Elephant's first San Diego show was in the tiny Delta Room downstairs at the House of Blues. The sold-out room witnessed the youthful swagger of the band that just the day before had played to a sweaty and crowded tent at Coachella, riding high on their summer anthem, "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked."
The song was a self-fulfilling prophecy for the band that has been touring endlessly, trying to keep their buzz alive, while maturing and solidifying their signature sound. I've seen them a handful of times, and while their recorded music is made for driving along the beach with the windows down, their live show is phenomenal, with band members usually risking limbs to launch off of amps or crowd-surf over adoring fans.
In other options, the Midwinters are an under-the-radar San Diego band that doesn't play often but bring a mature sensibility to its easily digestible and soothing-to-the soul pop-rock. Their CD release is tonight at the Belly Up. Recommended for fans of Toad the Wet Sprocket.
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Rosemary Bystrak writes about the San Diego music scene, events, and sometimes whatever creeps into her head on her music blog San Diego: Dialed In. Check it for even more listings. Follow her updates at twitter.com/sddialedin or submit your music listings.