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Head for the Hills

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I know I get to live a rock 'n' roll life, but I still get excited when Friday night rolls around and there are so many great shows. You can count on me being over at Soda Bar for the album release party for Hills Like Elephants, who have come together from pieces of other exploratory bands in San Diego. In this iteration, Hills Like Elephants have combined indie rock with enough electronic elements to put them on the cusp of "next great thing" status. With support from the Heavy Guilt, the Black Sands and Sundrop Electric, this is clearly the night's most well rounded offering. Still, the Casbah has some tickets left for indie rock legends the Wedding Present, and Mario Orduño -- who always brings the next big thing to San Diego -- has a lineup at the Whistle Stop. With so many great shows going on, you have no excuse for staying home tonight. And since we can only be at one place at a time, why don't you share your adventures with us on our Facebook page?

Friday, March 30:

  • Hills Like Elephants (album release), the Heavy Guilt, the Black Sands, Sundrop Electric @ Soda Bar
  • The Wedding Present, The Pinky Piglets @ Casbah
  • Dream Nite, Divers, Cathedral Z, DJ sets by Crocodiles & Mario Orduño @ Whistle Stop
  • Finding Francis, Idylewild, Wooly Mammal @ Lestat's
  • Michael Rose, the Reggae Angels, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Pocket @ Bar Pink
  • Thirsty Moon BBQ featuring Tar Halos @ Thirsty Moon Records (3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • The Sensitive Side, the Stalins Of Sound & FM Bats @ The Shakedown
  • Translation Audio, Mice, Blood Beach, Starskate @ Tin Can
  • Taboo with DJ NaomieSoulFly & Miki Vale @ Til-Two Club
  • DJ Swamp, Tryxx & Jinx, MK Ultra, Rebellion @ Ruby Room
  • The Touchies, Gone Baby Gone, SXO & the Troubadours @ Ken Club
  • East of Sweden, Great Like Cake, the Bellhaunts, Buffalo Picnic @ Eleven
  • Polynesian Underground presents Sashamon featuring Tommy Dubs @ The Griffin
  • Acid Baby Jesus, Chango Rey @ Tower Bar
  • Feel the Noise with Sharooz, DJ's Gabe Vega & Girth @ U-31
  • Rocco’s Old School presents Breakthru Entertainment featuring Joint Custody, Adolescence, Eleve, RogueRadio, Kelsea Little & the 78's, High Life Jazz @ House of Blues
  • In Silence, Native Yit, Inbalanced, Dendai Uno, the Stretch @ Brick By Brick
  • Bassquake with NASTY NASTY @ Winston's
  • Stranger, Psydecar @ 710 Beach Club
  • At Least We Dream (CD release), A City Serene, Fall To Ruin, Down to the Wire, Farabee, Burnout Kids, Sleepless Pacific, Still Unbeaten @ Epicentre
  • The Wonder Years, Polar Bear Club, Transit, the Story So Far, A Loss for Words @ Soma
  • Ezra, Colombian Necktie, Seizures, I Never Knew You, Residuals @ Che Cafe
  • Lee MacDougall @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (5 p.m. - 7p.m.)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphreys Backstage Lounge (9 p.m.)
  • Pass the Axe, Red Devil Squadron @ Flying Elephant
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, E-Man, Splitting Atoms, J.V., Jewelz P & Young O, Kush Klub, Mr. Dubie, Big Grizz, John Henry & Noble Langston, Chaddy & Pain, Tha Izz, @ 4th & B
  • Forever Plaid @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Jetwash, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
  • Bill Magee Blues Band @ Marble Room
  • Deniz Koyu @ Voyeur
  • Rockandy @ Tio Leo’s Napa
  • House Party featuring DJ Shortkut, Artistic @ El Camino
  • Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
  • Drez, Charlie Rock, Question @ El Dorado
  • Spring Break Special Event @ Spin
  • Showstopper with DJ Scooter @ Fluxx

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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